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About 175 students fill out job applications, pass out resumes at local event.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - Students gather and review paperwork during the Jefferson County Career Fair at Madras High School April 17. More than 30 businesses took part in the event, which aimed to connect students with jobs and careers.The annual Jefferson County Career Fair was held at Madras High School on April 17, when about 175 students filled out job applications and passed out their resumes to local businesses for chances at jobs and internships.

"It's encouraging to see serious, active engagement between the students and the employers this year," said Lysa Vattimo, city recorder for Madras.

Many of the more than 30 employers ran out of applications at the event and organizers reported that this year's fair was more successful than previous years because there was a better understanding of the event by both businesses and students.

"This is another example of our community coming together to provide jobs for our local youth," said Sara Johnston, human resources and administrative director for the city of Madras. "We are looking forward to growing the event next year and incorporating more of the medical field, higher education, and science and technology."

This year, there was a high interest in trade businesses, such as welding, electrical and construction.

"The success of the Career Fair centers around the commitment of the businesses," said Davida Plaisted, of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Throughout the event, there were raffle prizes that were donated by county businesses, including a senior portrait package donated by Lisa Dubisar Photography and tickets to this year's Airshow of the Cascades. The prizes also included a laptop and tool box donated by Wrought Fe2 Works.

The organizers wrote in an email, "Thank you to the 509-J School District, CET, STEM and Career Center staff for their additional support during the event."

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