The Grand Junction Career Passport Program Set to Launch September 16

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (September 15, 2021) – Tomorrow, Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Career Services and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) are launching a new initiative to better connect CMU students and recent graduates with the local business community. Through a series of social, educational and professional networking events, the Grand Junction Career Passport Program will provide opportunities for new job seekers to build relationships with local employers and get a sense of what life can look like as a young professional in the Grand Valley.

“The Grand Valley not only has a growing and diverse set of career opportunities for CMU graduates, but it also offers an amazing lifestyle and welcoming community for young professionals,” said Tamara Krizman, CMU Career Services Director. “With the Passport Program, we intend to plant the seed for our students that this is a place where they can and want to stay post-graduation.”

“Rural communities everywhere struggle with ‘brain drain’ – when students graduate they move to bigger cities where they perceive there to be more job opportunity and a more desirable lifestyle,” said Cilia Kohn, Director of Marketing and Communications for GJEP. “We want to prevent that from happening here by connecting businesses with students in a more engaging and creative way that also shows off the ‘westslopebestslope’ lifestyle.”

The GJ Career Passport Program kick-off event is scheduled for Thursday, September 16 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the GROWL Agency on 750 Main Street in Grand Junction. Event details and RSVP are available on the CMU Career Services Facebook page.

For more information on the GJ Career Passport Program and upcoming events, contact:

Tamara Krizman
Director of Career Services
Colorado Mesa University
970-248-1455 (o)
970-261-4487 (m)

Cilia Kohn
Director of Marketing and Communications
Grand Junction Economic Partnership
970-245-4332 x5 (o)
720-272-1777 (m)


About Colorado Mesa University Career Services
 Colorado Mesa University Career Services provides resources and guidance for students and alumni in their journey toward reaching their career goals. Career Services takes an active role in providing career exploration, workshops, events, and on-campus employer visits to encourage students to investigate and gain information while creating their career path. The department also works with employers to build relationships and make campus connections so they can meet their recruitment needs and hiring goals.

About the Grand Junction Economic Partnership
The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) works to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the Grand Junction area by supporting high-impact capital investment and job creation. GJEP is a single stop for businesses looking to relocate or expand in the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, the Town of Palisade and surrounding communities of Colorado’s Grand Valley (Mesa County). Operating as a 501(c)3, GJEP offers free services that connect businesses with realtors, developers, workforce, local leadership and more. Visit for more information.