County to stage metro area's first youth job fair of the year Feb. 26

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By The Staff

ADAMS COUNTY — On Feb. 26, the Adams County Workforce and Business Center will hold its annual Youth Job Fair, an event designed to connect young people between the ages of 16 and 21 with a wide variety of job opportunities.

During the next few months, Youth Fairs will be offered across Colorado, but this big event in Brighton will be the first one of the season.

  For teen job seekers ready to get the jump on the competition, this is the place to be.  Whether you’re ready to line up a summer job or simply want to explore your options, you’ll find employers at this event who will be interested in talking with you.

  “Yes, it’s still February and the school year is still underway but it’s definitely not too early to start making plans for a summer job,” says Phil Noble, Administrator of the Adams County Workforce and Business Center.  “The fact is, many employers are already putting their summer workforce into place.  The best jobs get taken early so you can’t wait until school is out to start your summer job search.”

The Adams County Youth Job Fair is designed to give young people a head-start in finding work for the spring and summer seasons.  Employers use fairs like this one to meet the best applicants long before final exams are getting under way in high schools and universities across Colorado.

“So it’s important to make a good first impression,” Noble stresses.  “Be personable and ready to summarize your skills.  The goal is to let employers know what you have to offer.  If you’re prepared, you could walk out of the Adams County Fairgrounds on February 26 with a great part time or full time job for the summer.”

“A job is an important way for students to earn extra spending money, boost their résumé and garner valuable work experience while out of school,” says Christine Kerr, a Youth Specialist with the Workforce Center.  “But finding a good job can be a job in itself.  This Youth Job Fair is designed to connect young people with great employers who are youth-friendly and have jobs to fill.  You’ll find a diverse selection of jobs with wages ranging from minimum wage to more than $10.00 per hour.”

There will also be an online version of this event on Feb. 27 and 28.  The Virtual Job Fair for youth will be held at www.connectingcolorado.com.  Registration is required for the in-person event at the Adams County Fairgrounds as well as the Virtual Youth Job Fair.  To register, go to www.connectingcolorado.com (for registration assistance, call 720-523-6964).  Employers who are interested in hiring a young person this summer can participate in this free event by calling 720-523-6955 or via email at ckerr@adcogov.org.

  The event is free for job seekers and employers and the Adams County Workforce and Business Center offers free parking.  The event is part of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, a Colorado program that has been matching young people’s skills and interests with employment opportunities for 33 years.  Last year, the program assisted almost 44,000 young people in finding summer jobs.