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MCHS students offer job skills workshops to Craig residents

Lauren Blair

DECA and Future Business Leaders of America member Shannon Hill, left, rehearses for future competitions using a role-playing scenario at Moffat County High School on Tuesday afternoon. The student organization's president, Aubrey Campbell, offers feedback on her performance. "This is probably one of the only clubs that will help me in life," Hill said.

Nearly everyone has experienced butterflies in their stomach before a job interview at some point in their lives.

Knowing how to dress, what to say, how to present a polished resume and understanding basic technology skills are invaluable in a world where jobs can be in short supply.

Not only do members of Moffat County High School's DECA and Future Business Leaders of America clubs learn these skills for themselves, but on Wednesday night, they will be giving back by offering workshops to the community.

The 11-strong team of students, led by adviser Krista Schenck, will offer three workshops on interview skills, resume building and technology education from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night at MCHS.

Community members are invited to attend one or all of the workshops, which will be offered simultaneously at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"They're definitely all skills we've learned through being involved in the program," said DECA/FBLA President Aubrey Campbell.

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The workshops will be led by professionals from the community with the help of the students, including Jeanine Vallejos, human resources executive from Trapper Mine, and Renee Campbell, publisher of the Craig Daily Press.

"The benefits of this specific thing are having people from the mines who actually do the hiring. … It's actual employers that are looking at these," Schenck said. "Especially for people that want to work at this time, this is a good chance to learn some of those skills to get some of those better paying jobs in the community."

In the interview workshop with Vallejos, participants will learn what kinds of questions to prepare for ahead of time, what to wear and how to stand out from competitors.

Workshops will take place in the computer labs, so participants in the resume-building class with Renee Campbell will have the chance to work on their own resumes with a focus on content, formatting and creative design.

"I think it's a great opportunity for these kids to show off," Schenck said. "They spend a lot of time learning all these things. Now they get to kind of show what they've got."

Schenck will lead the technology workshop, which will offer a range of skills from teaching older adults how to work a smartphone to teaching people how to use Google Calendar or programs in the Microsoft suite such as Excel.

The goal, DECA/FBLA member Hannah Beckett said, is to "make us more recognizable in the community since this is related to what we actually do. … This is community service, not just some random cleanup on the highway."

The event will also help the club to potentially receive recognition from the national DECA organization. November is DECA month, and local clubs are encouraged to undertake projects such as this one, which falls under the community service category.

"Hopefully we can submit pictures and publicity… to national DECA and get recognized for it," Campbell said. "We're hoping that a lot of people are going to find it pretty beneficial."

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.