Pueblo Workforce Center to Host "Steps To Success" Youth Employment Expo April 28th

For immediate release

Date: April 20, 2017
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle

GSJH Logo(PUEBLO) -- With the school year coming to a close, the Pueblo Workforce Center will present "Steps to Success," a combination job fair and career expo for teens interested in exploring both the workforce landscape that awaits them this summer and career opportunities that lie ahead.
Friday, April 28
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Pueblo Workforce Center, 212 West 3rd Street in Pueblo

During the event, young people can meet with representatives from approximately 10 local businesses who have immediate job opportunities for high school and college students.  Already committed to attend are Home Depot, Kmart, Print Pros, The Mile High Youth Corps, Loaf ‘N Jug, Boy Scouts of America, Local IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Pueblo Community College, The Nature and Rapture Center and several others.

More than just a job fair, "Steps to Success" will also offer participants the opportunity to talk with staff from the Pueblo Workforce Center and the Pueblo Youth Empowerment and Success (YES) Council and with representatives from higher education about how to get ahead – not just this summer but in the long term as well.

This is the time in a young person’s life to learn how to be successful in a job interview, how to manage money and volunteer their way to a job.  Youth that bring their résumé to the event can have it critiqued.  Workforce Center tours will be offered and participants can learn about workshops being offered and take the important first steps in getting ready for summer employment.

Earning some spending money is important for young workers, but the real value of a summer job doesn’t simply lie in a paycheck, stresses Darla Francisco, Coordinator of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program at the Pueblo Workforce Center.  “A summer job adds a unique companion piece to classroom learning, It provides valuable training to students, teaching them how to be successful.  The experience teaches young people the value of commitment, about gaining confidence, working with others and communicating those transferable skills that employers are seeking.”

But she stresses that the event on April 28 won’t be all serious all the time.  “Having some fun will be part of the day’s agenda.  Teens can take part in a fun web-based interactive game called Kahoots hosted by the Pueblo Youth YES Council; they can take pictures at the Selfie Career Photo Booth and win prizes,” she says.

The "Steps to Success" Youth Employment Expo is sponsored by the Pueblo Workforce Center, The Pueblo Youth Empowerment Council, The YES Council (Pueblo’s Council for Youth Empowerment and Success) and The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, a Colorado program administered by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and its Workforce Centers statewide.

Now in its 37th year of operation, the program matches young people’s skills and interests with employment opportunities.  Last year, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt assisted more than 38,000 young people in finding summer jobs and learning about workplace expectations.

Youth interested in attending the event are encouraged to contact Darla Francisco, Governor's Summer Job Hunt Coordinator or the Pueblo Workforce Center at 719-562-3739.  Youth can register online at www.connectingcolorado.com.