“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”.
Virtual/Remote Parent Teacher Conferences
HOSA Chapter formed for Health Science
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!
D51 Compact Engines Spec Racer Update
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
What items to bring on the first day of the job. ID, SS card, phone numbers, address, etc...
Table #4—Nina Anderson
Best practices for a virtual interview. Zoom etiquette, lighting distraction & how to properly follow up.
Table #5—Mario Paul
How to be a successful employee. Be on time, have reliable transportation, be honest, be inventive.
Table #6 —Laurie Tyre
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.
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!
Career Center October Staff Spotlight
Career Center Spotlight. David Garrick, also known as 'G' has been a teacher for 23 years and is well known on the CC campus. His Construction Technologies students appreciate his leadership and dedication. G is also well known for riding his Harley and enjoys white water kayaking, mountain biking, hunting, fly fishing and some of his favorite spots to travel to are Florida, Mexico and Belize. With this cold, winter weather upon us, I bet he wishes he was on a warm, sunny beach right now!
Career Center Spotlight. If you don't know Laura Pacheco, you do now! Laura is the Culinary Arts Paraprofessional and has been at the Career Center for 21 years!! Read that again...21 years!! Laura is a friendly face, always up for a laugh and good joke. As you can see by her profile pic, she brings character to the table. She enjoys being outdoors, fishing, traveling, crafts and trying new recipes.
Career Center Spotlight! Culinary Arts teacher Christina Horn is in the spotlight today! Christina has been a teacher at CC for 4 years and something you may not know about her, she once ran in a triathlon! Christina also enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, cooking (duh!), reading & concerts. Recently, Christina became Chef de' Cuisine certified, which is something she has been working towards for 2 years. What a major accomplishment! This is BIG news for her as well as the Culinary Arts program here at CC. Stay tuned for more to come on what changes and improvements are coming ahead! Congratulations on your new, distinguished title!
Career Center Spotlight. Please take a moment to give a friendly welcome to Roger Miller, who is a new face to CC this year joining Compact Engines. Roger is what he likes to refer to as a 'Jack of all trades', but don't let him fool you, he has his Masters in Geology and National Resources. He brings with him 2.5 years of teaching experience and when he isn't helping out at CC, he enjoys reading, writing, biking, hiking, camping and exploring. His interest in supporting and helping the students learn makes Roger a great addition to the CC team!
Career Center Spotlight. Brian Roddiger from Compact Engines has been a teacher for 23 years! He is everything mechanical and technical! Brian is a member of the Sports Car Club of America (who would have guessed that!?), he is an avid climber of our Colorado's 14'ers, he enjoys camping, fishing, snowboarding and BBQing (on occasion, we here at CC are lucky enough to sample some of his cooking). Brian is from St. Louis MO and has lived in the beautiful state of CO for 20 years. One of the more exciting events of Compact Engines class is fast approaching! Brian and his students are looking forward to hosting Skills USA Hot Laps at Grand Junction Motor Speedway on Wednesday October 7th from 3 to 6pm. Students in the compact engines class that have completed the waivers will be able to drive the D51 Spec Racer and try to get the fastest time! Mark those calendars!