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Mining and the Future Workforce

Posted at: 11/14/2012 4:39 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 5:43 PM

A first of its conference that combined mining and high school students took place at Fortune Bay on Wednesday. It was called, "Your Jobs, Your Future: Young Leaders Workforce Development Conference."

Almost 300 students from around the Iron Range area attended. Not many of them vocally said they were going to go into mining. But this conference was a chance to expose them to many of the different areas of the industry.

They had the chance to learn more about what they've likely grown up around, but don't know too much about.

"I know it's a big part of our area, and young people are supposed to come back and support it," said Destiny Pryatel. She wants to stay in the area, but not work in the mines.

Her friend, Mersadees Sten, said that she is possibly interested in the mining field. But she has many interests as well.

Not that many young people raised their hands when we asked them if they were interested in mining. But that could change, with more information like they received on Wednesday.

Industry leaders from companies like PolyMet and Twin Metals and Cliffs Natural Resources, as well as other stakeholders, lead break out sessions on issues like the environment , global markets, and unions.