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Denver Chapter of Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association Hosts HBCU Career Fair

Apr. 10, 2018
 

Members of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association (CAUAA) Greater Denver Chapter lived up to their alma mater’s motto, of “find a way or make one,” recently as they joined forces with fellow Denver-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) alumni associations. These included Morehouse College, Spelman College, Grambling State University, Howard University, Tuskegee University and Hampton University to host a career fair in partnership with Pathway Director and Assistant Principal Jacquelyn Scales at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (DMLKJEC) which supports work based learning opportunities for students in the areas of Technology, Enginereering and Manufacturing through CareerConnect, a rebranding of traditional Career and Technology Education (CTE) within Denver Public Schools. The commitment of DMLKJEC towards college and career readiness was a natural complement to the mission and vision of the CAUAA.   The event, held on Friday, March 23 for 10-12 grade students from across the metro Denver area, was aimed at raising career awareness and creating a pipeline to attendance at HBCUs. “Our goal was to expose Colorado students to diverse role models who are working in a variety of careers, including STEM fields, said CAUAA Greater Denver Chapter President Djuana Harvell, who holds a PhD. “We also wanted to increase career education knowledge by providing them with opportunities to interact with professionals and also educate them about what training will be needed after high school to help make their dreams a reality.”   A diverse mix of schools, including University of Colorado Anschutz as well as other small minority-owned businesses and community organizations were represented at the career fair. It was followed by a spirited keynote address from Dr. Calvin Mackie, a New Orleans-based Morehouse College alum who has collectively earned four terminal degrees, including a PhD. in mechanical engineering. “Our theme was ‘THRIVE: Find Your Path,’ and we believe we got the message across,” noted Harvell. Special thanks to the American Petroleum Institute, DPS CareerConnect and Denver Urban League for their financial support. “It was wonderful watching so many HBCU alum volunteer their time to lend their expertise and provide valuable insight that will help the trajectory of these student’s lives”, said Assistant Principal Jacquelyn Scales. Over 250 students participated in the event. Career Fairs are a golden opportunity for students to network with employers, discover career options and demonstrate soft skills they have developed in high school. For more information about the CAUAA Greater Denver Chapter visit https://www.facebook.com/CAUAAGreaterDenverChapter/ .