The planning committee would like to thank everyone who had a hand in making the 2019 ‘Create Your Future Career Day & Job Fair’ event held at Kanab High School on April 4, a huge success. Over 400 students from Kanab, Fredonia and Valley High Schools participated in the event. Students were welcomed by Kanab City Mayor Robert Houston to kick off the start of the Career Day activity. Houston urged the students to, “Develop a solid work ethic that can be applied to any career, and choose a career that you love, so you never have to work a day in your life.”

Business representatives from Kanab, Fredonia, Panguitch, Cedar City, St. George, Flagstaff and the surrounding area took time out of their days to share their talents and experiences with the students. Speakers from the following organizations presented during the Career Day portion of the event: Vance Riggins, Riggins Collision Repair & Paint; Teresa Flinders, Snow College; Ezra Hainsworth, Dixie State College; Ron Johnson, retired pilot; Jeff Roth, Creative Pro; Camille Johnson Taylor, Kane County Office of Tourism; Josh Martino, Utah National Guard; James Allred, U.S. Marines; Jeff Stott, Kane County Attorney; Marc Grow, Grow Chiropractic; Mark Alger, Ensign Staffing; Debbie Leavitt, The Skin Institute; Angelita Bulletts, Dixie National Forest; Bob Kaczowka, Mesa Design; Mark Tilby, Utah Department of Workforce Services; Andrew Nehrenz, Southwest Technical College Culinary Arts Program; Tina Banks, Coral Hills Dental; Mike Sarles, USU Master Remote Work Certification Program; Ben Dalton, Kane County School District; Jake Clayson, Hypereon Media; Lisa Church, Bureau of Land Management; Scott Colson, Garkane Energy; Emma Nehan, Arizona Conservation Corps; Nathan Riddle, IAP Films; and JD Wright, Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

Event volunteer and parent of a KHS student, Ali Riordan, said, “I was excited to volunteer for the Career Day & Job Fair event this year. I have not been to one of these events before, and I thought it was a perfect opportunity for the students and the presenters to interact. The students I observed were eager to get into the presentations they were interested in. The organizers did a great job of finding very diverse industries to expose the kids to from skilled trades to medical professions to military careers. It was well organized and a fun event to be involved in. I think the presenters enjoyed the exposure as much as the students. I was surprised at how many businesses had tables at the Job Fair, a great representation of the job opportunities here in Kanab!”

Following the high school Career Day, students and adult job seekers went into the Job Fair held in the Kanab High School gym. Job Fair participants visited with representatives from the following organizations: USU Extension Master Remote Work Certification Program, Kane County School District, MESA Design, U.S. Marine Corps, Utah National Guard, U.S. Army, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Conservation Corps, Southwest Technical College, Grow Chiropractic, Hypereon Media, Kane County Human Resources, Ensign Staffing, Southern Utah University, Dixie State University, Creative Pro, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Snow College, The Skin Institute, Dixie National Forest, Zion Mountain Ranch, Kaibab National Forest, Garkane Energy, Wendy’s, Hampton Inn, Best Friends Animal Society, Security Finance, Comfort Suites, IAP Films, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, Pizza Hut, Fredonia Library, Zions Bank Call Center, and Kane County Adult Education.

“We were happy to participate in this year’s Job Fair event,” said Ashley Dove, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. “We experienced a wonderful turnout from both students and adults who were interested in summer employment, as well as finding out more information about the hospitality field as a possible career choice. Each year the challenge grows more and more difficult to find employees in this area. Events like this are critical for local businesses to recruit talent and highlight their businesses to potential job seekers.”

“This event would not be possible without our wonderful planning committee and volunteers who spent many hours planning and hosting this event,” said Colette Cox, Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce President and event organizer. “I would like to thank Lisa Livingston, Loretta Clayson, Lisa Findlay and Chad Castagno for serving on the planning committee. Lisa Livingston and Lisa Findlay have been on the organizing committee of this event for 10 years! It started in Fredonia and in recent years has been held in Kanab due to increased size and participation. I would like to give special mention to Vance Riggins, who was our first business to sign up to participate this year, and like Livingston and Findlay, has been participating for 10 years now. We have some wonderful community members that are dedicated to our youth and growing our local economy.”

Special thanks to the event sponsors: Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce, Southern Utah University – TRIO Program, Kane County, Kanab City, Kane County School District and Utah Department of Workforce Services. We would also like to express our appreciation to Kanab City Mayor Robert Houston; Kane County Volunteer Center staff and volunteers; Kanab High School staff and Principal Trevor Stewart; Kane County Commissioner Brent Chamberlain; photographer Jayme Church; and KHS custodial staff Laurie Franklin and Dell Baca.