GlenX Career Fall Expo at Rifle opens new doors for high school students to explore opportunities
A steady stream of students flowed into the Rifle High School gymnasium Wednesday for the GlenX Career Fall Expo.
Over 115 valley businesses from Parachute to Aspen, in fields including technology, agriculture, health sciences, skilled trades and more, were represented Wednesday in Rifle.
“The idea of it is to plant the seed early, so kids can start to think about the possibilities and choices available to them,” GlenX Career Expo Director Jayne Poss said.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors received face-to-face and hands on interaction with hundreds of career opportunities, all in one place.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for kids to see what they want to do in the future,” Rifle junior Garrett Robinson said.
Students also had the chance to listen to speakers, including 9th Judicial District Judge Jonathan Pototsky.
“He told us we need to do what we want to do, not what your friends are doing; find something you’re good at,” Grand Valley senior Taylor Clark said after listening to Judge Pototsky.
“I liked hearing the speakers, because it motivates me a bit more to keep pushing even when it gets hard and my dreams can be reached,” Rifle senior Kellie Lange said.
Several businesses on hand had demonstrations set up to show students what they can expect on the job.
Holy Cross Energy representative Trenton Jole, a third-generation electrical lineman, gave students a chance to work with the same tools and equipment he uses on a daily basis.
“Not very many people know about what we do,” Jole said.
Jole gave Grand Valley junior Guyli Hernandez the ins and outs of how physical and dangerous the job can be.
Students also flocked around the military representatives on hand Wednesday, including the U.S. Marines recruiters.
“It actually helps kids explore their options,” Marine Staff Sgt. Giovanny Monobe said. “They don’t know about all the opportunities and businesses they can get into, so it’s good exposure not only for the business but the kids as well.”
Organizer Poss said the expo helps students find out what kind of education they need, and what kind of skill set they will need for their career path. Businesses are also letting potential future employees know what they internships, apprenticeships, career shadowing and summer jobs they are offering, so the students can get in and experience it.
“They (businesses) get the opportunity to cultivate their future workforce, and the community comes together to support the future of all these students in our valley,” Poss said on the positive affects that come from the expo.
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