My name is Jaityn (jay ten) Gomez and I am the Career Engagement Specialist with Career Services. In my position, I assist our undergrads by preparing them for their next phase whether it be entering the workforce or pursuing graduate school. I help with resume reviews, cover letter reviews, mock interviews, give classroom presentations and much more with the help of our student Career Coaches.
I graduated from Fort Lewis in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications and a minor in Sociology. As a first-generation student, I was a member of TRIO and worked with our campus radio station, KDUR. After graduation, I worked in sales for a local radio station before transitioning back to FLC to work in Skyhawk Station as an Advisor. I advised for a year before finding my new role with Career Services. I loved my time as a student at FLC and I am thankful to be back here serving the next wave of FLC graduates.
Outside of work, you can usually find me cooking something delicious and binging my latest obsession on Netflix or Hulu with my fur babies. I also enjoy hiking, reading, true crime podcasts and yoga.
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Director of Employer Relations
I work in FLC Career Services in Employer Relations helping connect employers to FLC students and alumni for internships and jobs. There is so much opportunity in the workforce and FLC talent to match. It’s great when Career Services can help students develop a career plan and find experiences that make a difference in their lives and community. Making connections and networking are at the core of my job, and I love what we are doing to change the culture at FLC so that every student has an opportunity to exercise their education in the field.
For my Bachelor’s, I studied French and then International Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Early on in my career, I worked as an International Export Sales Manager, a Company Liaison Officer, and a Business Development Manager for two global information management companies. In Durango, I have worked in Advertising Sales and all things Fort Lewis College from marketing and event planning to the best job ever now, Career Services Employer Relations!
I have two adult children who are out in the world making their way working, creating and living. I came to Durango because of the outdoors and do all that is so exceptional here like Nordic skiing, cycling and open water swimming.
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My most challenging job was in Germany for two years where I worked with distributors all over Europe. Luckily, I had decent language skills. I can’t wait to get back to travel so that I can experience other cultures, see art, speak other languages, taste food and be with people.
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Assistant Director of the Career and Life Design Center & Internship Coordinator
My name is Brett Polen and I am the Assistant Director of the Career and Life Design Center & Internship Coordinator at Fort Lewis College. I work with students and employers to identify internship opportunities and develop curriculum campus wide to prepare for life after college.
I graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and previously worked at the Law School for Michigan State and most recently for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national fraternity headquarters. At SAE I worked with our undergraduate members on leadership development, conduct, and consulted on organization operations. I’ve visited over 75 colleges in the country through my travel and one in Montreal, Canada.
Outside of work, I like to hike, play hockey, lacrosse, and pretend to be a Triathlete. I moved here from Chicago, so I’m taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape Durango has to offer. On the weekends you’ll likely catch me on a trail or trying to meet my reading goal this year of 40 books.
Fun fact about me, I have an irrational fear of large boat propellers.