If you go
What: Boulder County Job Fair for teens and young adults
When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: CU Events Center, 950 Regent Drive, Boulder
More info: https://goo.gl/3GU2Ep
Boulder County businesses looking to hire teens and young adults are joining forces for a regional job fair Thursday at the University of Colorado.
The Boulder Chamber is organizing the job fair, aimed at 16- to 24-year-olds, in partnership with Workforce Boulder County, St. Vrain Valley School District, Boulder Valley School District, the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College.
Arlie Huffman, director of Boulder Valley's Career and Technical Education program, said the program is "highly focused" on preparing students for post-graduate opportunities.
"One of the best ways we can accomplish this is through partnerships with our local business community," she said. "The job fair is a great way for current students to begin making professional connections and learning about what it means to be career ready."
Young adults planning to attend are asked to dress professionally and bring their resume, cover letter and Social Security number.
"Students attending ... will have the opportunity to engage real employers about current job openings, learn of internships and apprenticeships and sharpen skills necessary for entering the workforce — interviewing, resume building and public speaking," said Matthew Wiggins, St. Vrain Valley's community and business development director.
More than 70 businesses, from restaurants to summer camps to city governments, signed up for the fair with a goal of filling spring and summer jobs and sharing information about internships.
The companies are located in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville and Lafayette — even Lyons is represented through the town government.
Collectively, the businesses have about 1,500 jobs they need to fill, from seasonal jobs to permanent positions, said Boulder Chamber spokeswoman Corine Waldau.
"There is definitely a shortage of people to fill jobs, especially those entry level jobs," she said. "We thought it was important as a community that we all work together to put this on regionally because we're all facing the same issues."
Teresa Lomax, owner of Boulder's Gateway Fun Park, said Gateway depends on teens to staff the park during the busy summer months.
"We're a lot of people's first jobs," she said. "We're really excited because this job fair has both school districts and community college. We're hopeful we can find an even more exceptional crew than we have in years past."
McGuckin Hardware marketing manager Louise Garrels said the Boulder store, with 230 employees, is constantly recruiting and wants to hire employees who live in the community — sometimes a challenge for entry level cashier jobs, given the city's high cost of living.
"We've got to make sure that we have a strong workforce," she said.