November Newsletter

Career Center

“Reach for the Stars” and “Dream in Color”.

Dear Career Center and Valley School Families,

It has been a challenging 1st quarter, yet we all have demonstrated great perseverance and compassion for our fellow person. I’m amazed by the kindness and understanding of our families as we continue to adjust to weekly changes.

As our community experiences an increase in Covid-19 and Flu related health concerns it is important to stay strong by wearing our masks, washing our hands (often) and practice social distancing.

This is a challenging time for all. Yet, the staff(s) of Career Center and Valley School will continue to do their best work in an effort to create opportunities for your child to explore, learn and grow.

We have a lot of adventures ahead of us, adventures that are best experienced in a “Face to Face” learning environment. Stay strong and together we will “Reach for the Stars” and “Dream in Color”.

Cam Wyatt


Career Center/Valley

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Virtual/Remote Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held remotely on Thursday Nov. 5th, 2020. Please expect your students teacher to be contacting you via telephone or email to schedule your conference.
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Career Center Parent Survey Youth Truth

Please click to be taken to Parent Survey.

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HOSA Chapter formed for Health Science

Career Center Health Science has formed a HOSA chapter. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. This will provide a great opportunity for students of Career Center to showcase medical terminologies, CPR skills and other fun medical facts against other high schools in a competition format.
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Early Childcare Program has been BUSY!

The students in the Early Childcare Program are actively working on certificate training necessary from the State of Colorado for early childhood providers. We currently have students certified in the following areas :

  • Universal Precautions
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

This month Ms. "C" will be introducing our simulation baby program where the students will learn first hand how difficult it is to care for an infant. More information to follow about this favorite activity in the Early Childcare Program.

Be sure to donate to our "Toasty Toes" sock drive for Homeward Bound shelter. Bring a new pair of infant/toddler/youth size socks to donate beginning on Nov. 9th through Nov. 19th to keep Mesa County's children feet warm. A box will be placed in front of the office doors to drop your socks as you enter the building. For those who would prefer to donate to a more local cause a separate box will be labeled for children in our own Career Center Preschool room. Let's keep each other warm!

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D51 Compact Engines Spec Racer Update

Unfortunately, the clutch on the D51 Spec Racer broke into pieces at our last Hot Laps event. There were a total of 5 student drivers and the fastest lap was clocked at 82 seconds. Compact Engine students will be working on installing a new clutch, bleeding the brakes, installing a new chain, and plan to go racing again in November. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Skills USA Hot Lap sessions at Grand Junction Motor Speedway. Spectators are encouraged and welcome!
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Career Center Compact Engines D51 Spec Racing League

Click on link for more information and to purchase your racing kit today!
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Career Center Presents: HR Event Workforce Readiness through the WCHRA

On Friday Nov. 23rd, Career Center hosted an HR Event with 7 local businesses being represented as well as our very own SWAP Program educating, providing information and resources to students for future employment opportunities! Social distancing and safety protocols were followed and it was a HUGE success! We are thankful to those businesses who participated and look forward to more events in the future! Special thanks to Bo Tobin for taking the lead on this event for CC!

Table #1—Heather Brown

Innovative Textiles, Inc.

How to build a job resume and fill out an application. How to highlight what will make you a candidate for the workplace.

Table #2—Paola Perez

City of Grand Junction

What professions interest you?

What track will take you there? College, trade school, internship and apprentice


Table #3—Jessica Smith

Reynolds Polymer

What items to bring on the first day of the job. ID, SS card, phone numbers, address, etc...

Table #4—Nina Anderson

Express Employment

Best practices for a virtual interview. Zoom etiquette, lighting distraction & how to properly follow up.

Table #5—Mario Paul

Landmark Staffing

How to be a successful employee. Be on time, have reliable transportation, be honest, be inventive.

Table #6 —Laurie Tyre

Bonsai Design

Essential soft skills. Communication, attentiveness, respect, reliability.

Table #7—Alma Sekulich

Innovative Textiles, Inc.

HR is your best friend. Understand benefits, navigate relationships in the work place and understand cultural assumptions.

Table #8—SWAP

School to Work Alliance Program

Julie Lovato, Pamela Herrera,

Felipe Soto & Roy Railsback

Table #9—BBQ Cam Wyatt

Thank you for participating!

Please enjoy lunch on us!

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