Thu Apr 13th, 2017
Jeremy Wade Shockley
The Southern Ute Drum
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.