Trinidad State Junior College work study students recently completed the Engaging Youth program. Facilitated through the Southern Colorado Business Partnership in cooperation with the Colorado Workforce and Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce, the Engaging Youth program allows 17- to 24-year-old participants to explore career possibilities, learn about professionalism, write effective resumes and develop proper interviewing skills.
At Trinidad State Junior College, the program began with a one-day Boot Camp session on March 8 where the eight student participants learned about soft skills and the importance of soft skills, like establishing a positive first impression, in being able to get a job.
“We talk about dress,” President of Southern Colorado Business Partnership Randy Scott said, “It’s not because we don’t think you’re wearing the right clothes, it’s because we know employers have certain requirements.”
Following the Boot Camp, the students participated in a 16-hour mentorship over a four-week period. While working on campus at TSJC, the Engaging Youth students fulfilled the mentorship requirement by spending time with their supervisors and learning from their mentors’ experiences.
On Tuesday, the students attended a wrap-up session where they took a test to assess how much they had learned and provided feedback on their experiences in the program. When asked what they would do different now that they’ve been through the program, student Ian Alexandrowics said he would dress sharp, be prepared with a nice resume and practice beforehand.
“You’ve got to win at each one of those steps,” Scott advised the students, “It’s not all about your skills; so much of it is your confidence.”
In closing, TSJC students Ian Alexandrowics, Angelique Armijo, Monique Armijo and Sydney Galasso, and program mentor and TSJC employee Tori Eckes, were awarded certificates for participating in the Engaging Youth Program.
As a two-year grant funded program that will end this June, about 550 young adults have completed the Engaging Youth program in Canon City, Colorado Springs, La Junta, Lamar, Pueblo and Trinidad. Scott encouraged the students to take advantage of the resources available at the Workforce Center as they continue to prepare for their careers.