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New Salem - January 5, 2005

Counselor’s Corner
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Career Marketplace!

Marketplace has been conducted annually for several years and it keeps improving each year. Marketplace For Entrepreneurs will be held on January 12th and 13th, 2005 at the Bismarck Civic Center. This year is the first time that Marketplace has included a career fair component for high school juniors and seniors. Students and others will have the opportunity to learn more about various career clusters and the many occupations within each cluster.

On Thursday, January 13, 2005, many schools within a 100 mile radius of Bismarck are invited to bring juniors and seniors to take part in Career Marketplace Classes. Students will have the opportunity of learning about many of the occupations within their career cluster of interest at Career Marketplace. There are 16 career clusters into which all occupations are classified. These 16 career cluster sessions are great for students and others who want to gain a valuable perspective of the many occupations within the 16 career clusters and to gain information into suggested high school courses, career pathways, and sample occupations that exist within each career cluster.

Students and adults who attend Career Marketplace will also be able to listen to presentations on various specific career topics such as “Top 10 New Careers in North Dakota”, What Should I Be Doing Now to Have My Own Business in 10 Years?”, “Polish Your Nose Ring”, “Silver Bullets for Young Guns”, and more. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend the many sessions of Marketplace For Entrepreneurs itself.

Marketplace for Entrepreneurs provides over 100 informational sessions that address topics on: business ideas and advice; advertising and marketing; marketing your artistic talents; general planning for your new business; financing your new business; financing your business dream; export advice and assistance; doing business with the government; ideas, inventions, new products; grants and fundraising; better housing; hot new ideas for your school; successful ideas; technology ideas for your hometown; expanding sources of energy; new ideas for more profitable farm management; producing and marketing new products; rural tourism; opportunities in adding value to livestock; and more. To obtain specific class informational session titles, times, rooms go to the Marketplace For Entrepreneurs website at Once there, you will have several choices to pick from including: Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, 2005 Schedule of Events, 2005 Career Marketplace, and more.

Keep in mind that Marketplace For Entrepreneurs isn’t just for students. Marketplace is for everyone. Thanks to all of the agencies, groups, and individuals who are involved in organizing, presenting and making Marketplace happen.

If you want to talk to someone about Career Marketplace or Marketplace For Entrepreneurs, you can call Laura Henry at (701) 663-0150 or toll free at 888-384-8410. You can also send an e-mail to I hope to see some of you there!

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, you can e-mail me at You can also contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610, at Hebron High School at 878-4442, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!