Career, educational organizations ready to provide information at 2nd annual College & Career Resource Fair at Killip Elementary on Oct. 1

Participants receive information on school to college transition programs at Northern Arizona University during the inaugural College & Career Resource Fair.
Participants receive information on school to college transition programs at Northern Arizona University during the inaugural College & Career Resource Fair in 2015.

FLAGSTAFF — More than a dozen community education and career organizations are prepared to provide information for the second annual College & Career Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Killip Elementary School, 2300 E. 6th Ave., Flagstaff.

Presented by the Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC), the fair is open to parents, high school students and interested community members and will offer information to help area youth prepare for employment, internships, job shadowing and high-school-to-college transition and find financial aid as they prepare for higher education and the next steps needed for their future.

Presenting organizations confirmed this year include Coconino Community College’s “Coconino Save2Learn” program, CCC’s Student Support Services, Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, Coconino County Career Center, Coconino County Human Resources, Coconino High School’s Counseling Department and Native American Education Program, Expect More Arizona, Jobs Corps in Flagstaff, Northern Arizona College Resource Center, Northern Arizona University’s Undergraduate Admissions and Orientations, NAU-CCC Educational Opportunity Centers, CCC’s Special Initiatives for Educational Outreach / Institutional Advancement, NAU’s Student Affairs, NAU’s MEChA and NAU Hermanas for Change.

The three workshops scheduled for 2016 are:

  • “Preparing for careers — Internships, job shadowing,” presented by Susan Cabral of Coconino County Human Resources
  • “Learning the basics of financial aid, scholarships — deadlines, available scholarships” presented by Michael Luna of CCC’s Student Services
  • “Making the transition from high school to college — How to help first-generation college students develop skills they need to succeed” presented by Misty Murphy of NAU’s Student Affairs

Spanish-language translators will be available to help attendees.

“Our vision is to inform youth, their families and other community members who may show some interest in attending college either full-time or part-time sometime in the future. We would like to target young persons and their parents who may not know where to find college information. In some instances the parent’s language is a barrier,” stated Ruth Eaton, M.Ed, a member of CHAC.

“We have students finishing high school online or at charter schools or adult education centers or some who have delayed college for many other reasons,” Eaton said. “Some students want to further their education to increase their job skills, or work on a specialized certificate. Whatever goal they have, we want to give them the opportunity to learn more about how they can find these resources.”

CHAC members include Ruth Eaton, Patricia Garcia, Miguel Vasquez; Frank X. Moraga as chair and Theresa Thomas, executive assistant to Supervisor Elizabeth “Liz” Archuleta. Thomas serves as the liaison to the organization.

Contact Theresa Thomas at or call (928) 679-7162 for more information.