High school students meet with professionals at careers festival

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"From what they learn here and the people that they meet here, I think it does create some level of excitement and direction for them," Jennifer Jirous, STEM/IT/Arts program director for the Colorado Community College System, said.

The CCCS hosted its 3rd Annual Colorado Creative Careers Festival. Jirous invited dozens of professionals from various fields like graphic design, marketing, and technical theater to meet with students during a one-day conference on the Auraria Campus in Denver.

"At the high school age, they need to have this kind of exposure," Jirous said. "So that they really can formulate some goals that they find interesting based on experiences that they've actually had."

9NEWS was asked to participate as well. 9NEWS Photojournalist Kevin Sullivan and Education Reporter Nelson Garcia talked with students about career possibilities in broadcast journalism.

"I think it is amazing. It's very hands-on," Karlee Harris, a student from Lone Star High School in Otis, said. "Learning in school, you sit down and you just listen to the teacher go on and on and on."

Tristen Patterson is a student at Legend High School in Parker.

He says this conference is helping him decide between pursuing a career in video game design or communications.

"It can answer a lot of questions if you want to know," Patterson said. "It could also change your mind."

"If you ask people questions and you like that they're saying, maybe that's the right field for you," Genevieve Lawton, a student at Fairview High School in Boulder, said.

"I think that's important because it shows you what they're all about," Kevin Castillo, a student at North High School in Denver, said.

Initially, Jirous planned for about 500 students to attend. But she says in the last few weeks, interest in the event exploded and more than 1,000 teens signed up.

"It's very exciting and to me it tells me that there is an interest and there is a need for things like this to happen," Jirous said.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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