In partnership with Aspen Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career Initiative, the GlenX Fall CareerExpo was held at Rifle High School on Wednesday, October 24, for Garfield Re-2, Garfield 16, and Yampah Mountain High School students to attend.
More than 95 valley businesses participated in the expo, which was attended by more than 1,200 area high school students investigating career opportunities for their futures.
Food Network chef Susie Jimenez and local educator and entrepreneur Mike Lowe spoke at the Expo, along with other business professionals in a variety of fields, including medical, digital media, trade, veterinary science, engineering, education, dentistry, finance and law enforcement.
“Many times, students don’t see the connection between the material that they are learning in classes, and real world application,” said Garfield School District Re-2 board President Anne Guettler. “Exposing students to as many different careers as possible can help them make those connections, become more engaged in their learning and explore different career paths until they find their passion.”
An important goal of the Cradle to Career Initiative is for high school graduates to create a postsecondary plan that leads to economic independence.