First Annual Youth Summer Employment Job Fair in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston's First Annual Youth Summer Employment Job Fair offers non-traditional jobs to high school students 16 and older, while also offering school credit.

Paula Hickel of Job Service says they partnered with employers who have a hard time attracting younger demographics during the summer months. There are 25 employers who have positions in everything from plumbing, auto sales, carpentry, to even pie-making and marina assistance.

"We may be doing some trend-setting, from what we're finding. The main thing is, we know we are meeting some needs for employers and for our youth, and definitely for our future," said Paula Hickel, the District One Job Service Workforce Center manager.

The job fair, regarded as the only one of its kind in North Dakota, is next Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. at Williston High School.

Hickel says hopefully this is a successful pilot program that can grow to other schools and regions, and with a 125 percent increase in jobs since this time last year in the Williston region, she says they hope this will help young adults consider staying in the area to take advantage of job options.