Career Center Newsletter

February 2018

Career Center is Teaming up with Western Colorado Community College

February 22nd from 3pm - 7pm

at our Parent/Teacher Conferences here at the Career Center 2935 North Ave!

We would like all of our Career Center students to have the opportunity to see what WCCC has to offer Post-Secondary students. Western Colorado Community College presents a variety of certificate and associate degree programs focused on career and technical training. Financial aid, admissions and teachers from all programs that align with our classes will be here to answer questions. ANY high school student who comes to this event will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win 2 movie tickets!!!

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At the Parent/Teacher Conferences on Feb. 22nd we will also have a representive from Western Colorado Community Foundation

Their representative will be sharing info about their Fresh Start Scholarship!

Career Technical Education Scholarships


Awarded to students graduating from a District 51 high school who have been a Mesa County resident for at least one year and wish to attend a community college, technical school or a training course to prepare for a career that does not require a four-year college degree. Training programs are not limited to public institutions, and may include for profit training centers. The amount of the scholarships will vary and be based on the financial need of each individual student and the cost of the program the student plans to attend. Scholarships up to $5,000 may be awarded and can cover the cost of training, tools, books, and other expenses including room and board.

Please visit their website and go to the Mesa County tab. For questions or application help contact Felicia Baker at or call 970-243-3767

Application Deadline is March 1, 2018

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Telluride Start-up Weekend

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you!

( Three students from Career Center participated in the Techstars Startup Weekend Telluride Jan 19-21. They joined two Fruita Monument High School students and two Fruita 8/9 students. Startup weekends are a global phenomenon where entrepreneurial-minded people come together for an intensive 54-hour weekend to pitch a business idea, form teams and work on the details transforming this idea into a viable business. Groups cover everything from market research, surveys, product development, sales forecasting, marketing and more. At the end of the weekend, groups present their business to a panel of judges in a Shark Tank-like format. The groups have 5 minutes to pitch followed with 3 minutes of Q/A from judges. The D51 students formed two groups around two different business ideas and worked all weekend to bring their ideas to reality. The Fruita group was recognized as “Best potential entrepreneurs” at the awards ceremony. One of the Career Center students, Nathaniel Doty, was even on the winning team! The group pictured below from left to right: Nathaniel Doty (Career Center), Wende Gist (Computer Technology Teacher Career Center), Edward Dolly (Career Center), Nathaniel Simon (Career Center), Cam Wyatt (Principal Career Center), Caleb Nicolas(FMHS Junior), Jayden McMurray (FMHS Junior), Kyrah Carville (F 8/9 Freshman), Malia Recker(F8/9 Freshman), Kathaleen Recker (FMHS Business Teacher) Career Center wants to thank our sponsor SC Solutions for helping us get to this great event and for the startup weekend facilitator for the invite. Thank you!

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