North Platte Community College hosts Job Fest for students

Lee, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois mix, demonstrates Thursday how he is trained to take down suspects when called into duty. His handler, State Trooper James McKain, left, directed the K-9 while Trooper Will Cleveland participated as the suspect in the scenario. The demonstration took place at the North Platte Community College Job Fest at McDonald-Belton South Campus.

Students at North Platte Community College participated in the NPCC Job Fest on Thursday to learn about careers and other aspects of life.

Businesses, the Nebraska State Patrol and North Platte Fire Department, along with others, shared information with interested students at McDonald-Belton South Campus.

“This is not your mama’s job fair,” said Amy Sabatka, area career placement coordinator at the college. “We are trying to make this a lot more high energy and highly engaging.”

She said Eagle Communications came in with music, Raising Cane’s and Perkins County Hospital donated food, and Bank of the West donated soda and water.

“We had about 10 businesses donate prize baskets because we’re doing a scavenger hunt with an app called Goose Chase,” Sabatka said. “Students have to complete missions with each business to earn points to win prizes. It makes it more interesting that way.”

A variety of careers were represented.

“We have everything from insurance, banking, technology, diesel tech, construction, so we have a little of everything,” Sabatka said. “We about hit almost all of our degree programs.”

The event closed with a demonstration by State Trooper James McKain, who put Lee, his K-9, through his paces in finding items. Trooper Will Cleveland then wore a training suit and Lee demonstrated how he helps capture the bad guys.

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