Education Dept. brings Career Fair to Ignacio High

Lakota TwoCrow gets an opportunity to try on a tactical vest and helmet used by law enforcement teams in the field during a hands on demo organized by Southern Ute Police Department.
Cameron Weaver explores the varied job related booths along with his classmates during this year’s fair, held at Ignacio High School.
The Southern Ute Drum represents public relations, photography, design and journalism for youth who might be interested in a career path in the field of media.
Ignacio High School students, Zachary James, Sharmaine Price and Jade Richards try their luck at throwing magnetic darts to win various prizes at the Southern Ute Detention booth at the Education Department’s Career Fair.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz
Robert L. Ortiz
Robert L. Ortiz
Robert L. Ortiz

The Southern Ute Education Department held it’s annual Career Fair at the Ignacio High School on Wednesday, April 5.

An estimated 700 students from eight regional schools made their way to this year’s fair, plus a number of community members. The Career Fair touted 63 vendors and 8 colleges, each presenting educational materials and general information to attendees.

“Red Willow was super interactive with the students, which was impressive,” said Nicole Cabral, Distant Learning Programs Coordinator for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Education Department. “They went the extra mile to do a student raffle.”

“The Environmental Programs Division was another stand out booth for this year’s career fair,” Cabral said. “Diversity, the interactive aspect – they really engaged the students.”

The San Juan College EMS department’s booth was also listed as being both interactive and educational, according to Cabral.

“We liked the educational venue of the high school, students were more engaged,” said Cabral regarding the general consensus she received from participating vendors.

“I would like it to be more open to adults, community members, who might see this as an opportunity for networking,” she said.

The Double Tree Hotel and Alert Traffic Control presented the youth with existing employment opportunities – each looking to hire teens for an early employment experience.

Breakfast was provided by Ignacio’s own Rez Girls Catering. Lunch service was catered by locally owned restaurant, Grassburger out of Durango, Colo.

The plan is to hold next year’s career fair at Ignacio High School again, given this year’s feedback and a record turnout recorded by the Southern Ute Education Department.

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