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Idaho Department of Labor

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Workforce Challenge

The 2009 Idaho Youth Corps Program provided work experience for more than 800 youth by employing them on state projects funded through stimulus dollars. In 2010, that funding was no longer available, but Idaho remained committed to providing work opportunities for its youth. The Coeur d'Alene Workforce Board had created a career fair called "Hardhats, Hammers & Hot Dogs", which had run successfully the previous two years. The challenge was to find funding to build on this success and take the career fairs statewide.

Workforce Solution

This year, the Idaho Department of Labor worked with the Idaho Department of Transportation to secure a $38,000 grant from Federal Highway Administration. Collaboration with other public and private organizations made it possible to expand the fairs to other areas of the state.

Outcomes & Benefits

Nearly 5,000 high school students were introduced to the world of work this year during eight career fairs held throughout the state. The fairs were held this spring and summer and focused on careers in the skilled trades and heavy construction.

Thousands of high school students had an opportunity to drive heavy machinery, lay bricks and take a stab at many of the other skilled jobs that are critical to Idaho's continued economic well-being.

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