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Kids Get A Look At A Possible "Career On Wheels"


Rhinelander Partners in Education Thursday brought area 4th and 5th graders out to see if they would like a career that involves wheels.

The event was held at Nativity Of Our Lord Parish and School. There are many careers that involve wheels. Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier heads up the PIE committee that sponsors the event..

"...Today is our 9th annual Careers on Wheels here at Nativity. It's through PIE, Partners in Education and the event committee is Career on Wheels. Partners in Education pitched this event to Leadership Oneida County, the 2009-2010 class. It was the class I was in and I took up on the committee and I helped formulate the first event. I've been doing it every year. This is the ninth year of handling this event..."

There were large pieces of logging equipment, trucks, ambulances, police cars, recreational vehicles, utility equipment, public works, and more. Chief Gauthier says the idea is to expose Rhinelander students to a possible career they might not even know about...

"So it peaks their interest, maybe lights a passion-fuse for them to start thinking about, 'ok, maybe I could do this'. If they want to do that, maybe they'll start researching that. Because they're interested in that, they will make better decisions. ...In some of these professions, you have to make a decision as a young adult or those occupations might not be available to you...."

Chief Gauthier says it's never to early to start thinking about the future. He says he enjoys seeing the faces of the students who are experiencing something like this for the first time.

Rhinelander Partners in Education is an all volunteer, non-profit organization comprised of area business, education and community leaders. Their goal is to create a partnership that engages students in enriched learning opportunities.

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