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Career Fair Offers Options for Students

Students consider their future at the Career Fair held at Mountain Valley school on May 6. Photo: Miracle Gomez

On May 6 Mountain Valley School hosted a Career Fair organized by HEART of Saguache/KV. HEART Initiatives Organizer, Miracle Gomez and MVS School Counsellor, Lisa Powers were instrumental in making this event come together. Turnout was strong, with more than 60 students from Mountain Valley School, Moffat School, and Crestone CHarter attending booths hosted by more than 30 presenters. 

The gym was packed and the day event for students turned seamlessly into an evening Job Fair for the community. The Career Fair supported students in an exploration of their Individual Career and Academic Plans. This special event was a very informative opportunity for students to talk over their visions for and questions about the future. This will be an annual event that is very important for getting our students off to a good start in their post high school careers whether that involves entering the workforce, attending a trade school or going on to further their education in university.

The Career Fair brought together representatives from Aventa Credit Union, First Southwest Bank, The Village Pub, Alta Convenience Store, Mountain Valley Lumber, San Luis Rural Electric Cooperative, Power Zone Equipment Inc., Valley Publishing/Center Post Dispatch, Rio Grande Hospital – Physical and Occupational Therapy, Moffat Family Health Center – Valley Wide Health Systems, Valley Wide Dental, and Eagle Air Med. Government services participating included; Saguache County Land Use, Saguache County Housing Authority, Saguache County Social Services, Saguache County Administration, Saguache County Clerk and Recorder, Saguache County Road and Bridge, Town of Saguache, Saguache County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Buena Vista Correctional Complex, Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, and Northern Saguache County Ambulance District. Military branches attending included; United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, and the United States National Guard. Adams State University, Alpine Achievers Initiative, and Mountain Valley School District also had booths. Craig Schroeder presented on How to Become an Entrepreneur. Pavement Maintenance Services, Joyful Journey Hot Springs, and the United States Forest Service came specifically for the evening Job Fair.

The gym at Mountain Valley School was packed as the community came together to help students consider their career options. Photo: Miracle Gomez

The Career Fair was followed by Career Cabs which took place during school on Thursday, May 9th. For this event, the Mountain Valley sophomore class took a field trip to visit different employers in the area. Students got tours of the businesses and were talked to about the skills and education they would need for a potential career in the field. The students visited; Saguache County Social Services, United States Forest Service, Mountain Valley Lumber, Rio Grande Hospital, Power Zone Equipment Inc., Eagle Air Med, and Aventa Credit Union. Thank you to all the participating businesses for taking the time to support our students in such an important way.

HEART of Saguache/KV would like to thank all the students and presenters again for their enthusiasm and dedication in bringing this event to life. HEART and Mountain Valley School intend to make this an annual event that will continue to grow. Special thanks to Mountain Valley School for partnering with us make this all possible. If you would to be involved in this project please contact Miracle Gomez, HEART of Saguache/KV Initiatives Organizer at heartmgomez@gmail.com.

Another Beautiful Cinco de Mayo

Adrienne Garbini , HEART of Saguache

Thank you to all who came out for and participated in Saguache’s 3rd Annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The fiesta generated a lively day of activity in Downtown Saguache with many contributors. HEART of Saguache/KV organized and hosted the event bringing together a wide array of entertainment, volunteers, exhibitions, and vendors; including Mountain Valley Student entrepreneurs who were selling their creations. HEART would like to thank Deano Maes for his expert sound production. We also want to recognize our performers. The Mountain Valley Preschool dancers were a huge hit. In addition; Los Vecinos Bailladores, the Old School Band, Evan Samora and Evan’s students all provided wonderful entertainment.

From the car show to the food, the Saguache Cinco de Mayo Celebration was a great celebration of Hispanic culture. Photo: Saguache Today

The Cinco de Mayo Car Show was huge this year with several Valley car clubs participating. Awards were given for Best Project, Best Rims, Club Participation, Street Machine, Best Oldie, Best Euro, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Truck, Best Custom, Early Bird, and the People’s Choice. Jamie Dominguez from Alamosa was instrumental in helping to set up and organize the car show, making trophies and bringing in participants from around the valley. Our local judges; Steve Armenta, Austyn Hammel and Tim Torres also deserve a huge thank you for their participation and careful consideration of each entry.

The event also highlighted local art and cultural demonstrations. The Mountain Valley Art Students displayed their work at the Range, with a special exhibition by Heaven Harford of her drawings and puppets. The Silver Building featured a stunning exhibition of local Colcha artists including; Patsy Garcia, Nyla Thompson, Delores Worely, Mary Baker, Lupe Tafoya, Bena Lovato, and Margie Gurule. Myron Chavez came from New Mexico to demonstrate adobe brick building on 4th Street. He allowed spectators to mix the mud with their feet which proved to be very popular. Iris Garcia and family taught tortilla making with delicious results.

Good food and cold beer was available at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration to help raise funds for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department.

Family activities went on all day on the beautiful Courthouse Lawn. Alicia Mancha, Lacy Reed and friends created gorgeous henna tattoos and did face painting alongside family games and crafts. The Saguache Volunteer Fire department was wonderful as usual, serving up frito pies, margaritas, and beer.

Thank you again to all in the community for coming to celebrate our local culture and history. HEART is looking forward to putting together an even larger fiesta in 2020. Please get in touch with suggestions or to volunteer at heartlvigil@gmail.com.