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Grand Valley High to host career, college readiness panel

Garfield School District 16 is forming a new career and college readiness program designed to help students discover their interests and develop a plan to enter a selected career field.

To kick off this new opportunity, Grand Valley High School will be hosting a career panel event on Jan. 5 from 7:45 a.m. to noon.

Confirmed panelist include: Jeanna Webster and Luke Braby with Grand River Hospital District’s human resources department; Shawn Whitmore, operations manager with Williams; and Richard Maestas from Colorado Mountain College.

The panel is the beginning of an effort by the district and 1437 Consulting to expose students to the widest variety of careers available to them. The effort also aims to help students realize how many different jobs support a given industry.

As the program grows, officials intend to reach out to community partners to provide mentorship and internship opportunities to students.

“We hope that the internships will provide real-world insights to the industries our students are interested in,” according to a press release from 1437 Consulting. “It is our intent that this experience helps them make informed decisions about their career and education opportunities after graduating high school. We also hope that this is a mutually beneficial relationship with our partners in the business community. We look at this as a way to grow experience and capacity in our local workforce rather than having to constantly recruit for out of our area.”

For the Jan. 5 panel, there will be three one-hour sessions with different classes during that time period; 7:45-8:55 a.m., 9-10:10 a.m., and 10:15-11:25 am. Anyone with questions can call Aron Diaz of 1437 Consulting at 303-905-2114 or Mandie Dovey at 970-456-4112.

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