Kelly Pierce looked around the Colorado Workforce Center at closing time on Thursday after the crowds had thinned out. In the past two hours, 60 youths from Craig passed through the office seeking summer or permanent employment.
"We have a lot of summer jobs, entry-level jobs available," said Pierce, an employment specialist with the Workforce Center. "It's going really well. We have K-Mart and McDonald's here, Tunies and Such and Pepsi."
For the past 20 years, the Colorado Workforce Center has held its Summer Youth Job Fair in the spring, matching eager employees with local companies needing workers.
This year, eight employers were present to talk with potential employees as they worked their way through the stacks of applications.
Mark Wertheimer talked with a handful of candidates interested in working for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The summer jobs it offers are working with regional conservation crews on various projects, including trail work and campground maintenance. The Youth Corps has a number of openings for 16- to 25-year-old workers interested in conservation projects.
Many of the job seekers left with interview appointments set up with potential employers, Pierce said. Black Mountain Glass was there seeking workers, and so was Corral West.
"Last year we placed about 200 kids by the end of summer," Pierce said. "We advertise in the paper and on the radio. We even put up fliers at the high school."
In previous years, the job fair was held at the high school, but this year the kids came to the Workforce Center at 480 Barclay Street.
For high school senior Karli Bockelman, the visit was very promising. She was looking for a summer job before she heads off to college in Boulder this fall.
"It went pretty good," Bockelman said. "I'm going with Pepsi probably. They pay pretty well and I can just fill out an application on line." Even though the Craig jobs were filled at Pepsi, they had openings in Steamboat Springs, and that suited the future University of Colorado student just fine.
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