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Columbia FWCO completes fourth year of partnership with City of Columbia
Midwest Region, July 28, 2009
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Josh Tharpe (left) and Riaz Helfer hold their catch from a Missouri River trotline.
Josh Tharpe (left) and Riaz Helfer hold their catch from a Missouri River trotline. - Photo Credit: n/a

For the fourth year in a row, the Columbia FWCO participated in a local job placement program for high school students called Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE).  Josh Tharpe and Riaz Helfer are students at Hickman High School in Columbia. These students are paid by the city of Columbia but gain valuable experience working for local businesses. The two young men learned many new skills during their employment here. They were able to assist in boat and truck maintenance, mend nets, organize electronic files and learn some fish sampling techniques on the Missouri River. In previous years we’ve rewarded the students by taking them fishing on their last day. This year we took them out for some river fishing, setting trotlines on a Monday afternoon and returning to pull them the following day. Unfortunately we only caught two catfish on the lines we set. We tried some rod and reel fishing, but the warm July morning probably wasn’t the best time for trophy catfish angling. Despite the slow fishing, we all had a great time and enjoyed our river fishing trip.


The CARES program has allowed our office to show many young people the work we do on the Missouri River. Because many young people are not exposed to outdoor activities, we hope that the job experience from this summer sparks an interest in the natural resources. This day was a great way to thank the students for their hard work this summer while also getting them outside to enjoy the Missouri River.


Contact Info: Andrew Plauck, 573-234-2132 ext 175, Andrew_Plauck@fws.gov
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