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Bitterroot career fair caters to middle school students

By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, kmaki@keci.com
Published On: May 02 2013 06:50:47 PM MDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 09:41:10 PM MDT
HAMILTON, Mont. -

Middle school students in the Bitterroot are getting a taste of potential professions. The "Find Your Career Fair" catered to youngsters from Hamilton, Darby, Victor and Florence.

Rocky Mountain Lab scientists presented information. Careers in science are always evolving.

Darby Middle School student Kellyonna Frost is  interested in the sciences.

"I'm always thinking, 'how does this work,'" said the student.

Sula outfitter Jed Fitzpatrick's job has a lot of appeal, especially to Montana kids. But Fitzpatrick said his profession's more than fly fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors.

"You have to understand accounting," said Fitzpatrick. "You have to understand bookings."

There were booths from the military, law enforcement, medicine, fashion design, even dance.

Brooke Wetzel is an artist who answered lots of questions from students interested in her profession. Glenn Gilmore is a blacksmith artisan who designs and forges metal works into functional and decorative pieces.

"We want to make sure they know there's lots of options out there, and to really look at the pros and cons of each option," said organizer Faylee Favara.

NBC Montana's own Adam Painter spent the day talking to students. Painter has always been passionate about weather.

"From there I've been able to try to predict what sometimes seems unpredictable."

"I'm thinking I could be a meteorologist," said Hamilton student Sean Shepherd.