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Garfield School District to use grant to fund career counselor position

The Garfield School District Re-2 received a grant of $28,104.44 from the Aspen Community Foundation this month that will be used to support a new position at Rifle High School, career counselor.

“We ended up hiring a paraprofessional last year, and we are moving to a full-time now,” said David Lindenberg, assistant superintendent. “It’d be optimal to have a counselor at all schools, and I think at some point we might have to look into it.”

The grant, awarded to the district through the Colorado Mountain College Mountain Futures Fund, is to be used to expand college readiness, access and participation.

While the grant application stipulates that the money must be used for one or more of the following — precollegiate counseling, transportation to college preparation activities, concurrent enrollment, college application fees, or tutoring and supplemental academic support — Garfield Re-2 plans to use it to support a career counselor at Rifle High School.

The position, created as a part-time post last year, will move to full-time in 2017 with Rifle High School Athletic Secretary Amanda Wells looking to build off a strong start in 2016.

Theresa Hamilton, director of districtwide services for Garfield School District Re-2, said that Wells is dedicated to supporting students and will continue in helping to find out what interests them.

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