11:15 a.m., April, 30 2013

Chamber of Commerce luncheon connects students, employers

With what seems like an endless number of homework and classes, it is easy to lose sight that students at Laramie County Community College earn a degree or certificate and ultimately get a job.

Through the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, LCCC students can make connections with future employers before they leave college.

The Chamber may seem like an unlikely resource for students, but if used properly, it could prove to be an invaluable one. One way is to attend the Chamber’s luncheon as part of an LCCC delegation.

Students who make contacts with businesses in their field of study throughout the community can see how real business people interact.

The board of director’s chairman, Gregg Jones, said the opportunity for face-to-face contact with businesses benefits students because “this community more than anything, is relationship-based. Employers would rather hire people they know. By making these connections, you become a face rather than a piece of paper in a stack of faceless resumes.”

Chamber President Dale Steenbergen added, “It exposes [students] to the real world, allowing them a better chance to find jobs in Cheyenne and allowing them to weigh in on the vision for our community.”

Both men highlighted several opportunities students have to become involved with the Chamber. It hosts several events year-round, and a list of these events can be found at www.cheyennechamber.org. Students are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible.

Opportunities for advancement

Another networking possibility is the Cheyenne Professional Network, an organization focusing on 40 movers and shakers under 40. The Chamber wants to have it organized by May. The group would focus on leadership development for the young professional with two to three programs aimed at community leadership.

The goal is to help young successful professionals network with other young people and integrate into the community to drive development.

For more information, contact the director of communications, Tristan Johnson, at 307-638-3388.

The Chamber meets for a luncheon the first Friday of every month, and LCCC sends representatives from the campus. If students are interested in attending this luncheon, becoming involved with the Chamber from the campus or becoming involved with the business community in general, contact Jacob Sones, LCCC workforce and community development program manager, at 307-432-1632.

The Chamber looks forward to hearing from students, Steenbergen said. “The Chamber is a caretaker of the community for the next generation,” he said. “It wants the perspective of young people so that they can help set the direction for the future.”

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