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Career X program brings Eagle County high school students to Colorado Mountain Medical

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AVON — Through the Career X program, students from Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain high schools had the opportunity this week to visit Colorado Mountain Medical's Eagle and Avon clinics. Colorado Mountain Medical offered two job shadow days at its respective clinics, providing one-on-one time with medical professionals who educated the students about their chosen career paths.

"Career X is extremely grateful to (Colorado Mountain Medical) for opening their doors to students who are interested in entering the medical field upon high school graduation and taking the time to mentor students in their chosen field of interest," wrote Heather Kelley, Eagle County Schools Career X assistant, in an email.

Career X coordinates a multitude of experiences among businesses, students and educators that create opportunities for long-term impact. The program's intention is to create a highly skilled workforce that meets the complex demands of Colorado companies and provide multiple options for students upon successful completion of the program. Through Career X, students are able to determine how the career exploration experience can inform their future goals and career paths.

"The career exploration options that we currently offer are job shadows, internships and employment," Kelley wrote. "Job shadows consist of a half day or full day on-site business visit that includes informational interviews with business professionals and their respective career paths, a site tour and a site tour debrief.

"Internships (high school juniors and seniors) entail meaningful career tasks and work, mentorship from business partners and job-readiness skill development. We also offer employment opportunities, often after a student has completed a semester or year at their internship."

The Career X program has grown exponentially. During the 2016-17 school year, 59 students completed internships and 150 students participated in 10 various job shadows. For the fall semester of the 2017-18 school year, the program currently has 59 interns enrolled and has completed 11 job shadows with 160 student participants.

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Students who have questions about Career X or who would like to participate in job shadows, internships or employment can contact Kelley at heather.kelley@eagleschools.net or Amanda Spannagel, Career X coordinator, at amanda.spannagel@eagleschools.net.