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Job fair provides information, opportunities for Craig teens

From left, Bank of Colorado representatives Ashley Green and Audrey Anna Charchalis discuss what their jobs entail with Moffat County High School juniors Savannah Galloway and Alexis Martinez during a career fair at Colorado Northwestern Community College Thursday afternoon. Numerous local businesses attended to talk about employment opportunities with young people.

— It's never too soon to start charting out your career plans.

The Discovery Expo Youth Career and Job Fair took place Thursday afternoon at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus. Hosted by the Colorado Workforce Center, Craig Daily Press, CNCC, Moffat County High School Student Council and Craig Chamber of Commerce, the event gave young people in the area an opportunity to look into the working world with about 20 groups and companies providing information.

A number of MCHS students attended, among others, with some booths offering applications right off the bat, such as food service outlets McDonald's and Pizza Hut. Other organizations were present in a capacity to discuss jobs that students might want to pursue later in life, with representatives of The Memorial Hospital and Bank of Colorado discussing the kind of education needed for jobs in their fields.

"I think it's always good to keep connected with them about what's available to them locally and what jobs they can get some experience in and then move on if they so choose," said Audrey Anna Charchalis, loan officer and mortgage specialist for Bank of Colorado.

Recruiters from the armed forces also were present. Army Sgt. Jesse Krause was among those detailing a life in the military.

"Some of them absolutely know they want to (join), and others come up and just kind of want to know what it's all about," he said.

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Christina Connor-White was at the fair on behalf of Job Corps, a nationwide program that provides employment opportunities to ages 16 to 24. Job Corps is especially beneficial to those in their teens or older who may be struggling in school or with home life and are seeking technical training.

"Typically from this area, what they look for is heavy equipment operator training, welding and things like that," she said. "They get paid while they're learning."

Kelly Pierce, an employment specialist with Craig's Colorado Workforce Center office, said she sees a great deal of young people on the hunt for jobs this time of year.

"We can offer them job readiness training, resumes, interview skills," she said. "They should come see us."

MCHS juniors Savannah Galloway and Alexis Martinez checked out several of the booths. Although both currently are employed, the chance to see what else may be available to them was useful as they consider their lives beyond high school.

"I don't have it all figured out yet," Galloway said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

The Colorado Workforce Center’s Craig office is located at 480 Barclay St. and can offer guidance for all ages in how to find employment. For more information, call 970-824-3246 or visit connectingcolorado.com.