Cerro Coso Partners to offer K-12 Career Tech Expo
March 8, 2010
Nearly two hundred middle and high school students attended the Career
Tech Expo held Burroughs High School on February 25th sponsored by Cerro
Coso Community College in partnership with Sierra Sands Unified School
District and the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake.
Booths and displays were spread throughout the room for the students to
visit. Booths from the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake included
static displays, videos, missiles and interactive activities for students.
Additional booths from Cerro Coso Community College, Project Lead the Way,
Expand Your Horizons and student clubs were also available for students to
ask questions regarding careers in the technical field. Students were
actively engaged in asking questions as they ate pizza provided at the
Mr. Robert E. McGahern from the National Defense Education Program (NDEP)
K-12 Pre-Engineering Program (PEP) talked about the existing and emerging
needs in aerospace and the skill sets students need to be competitive in the
job market. He encouraged students to engage in school and pursue
scholarship and incentive programs.
The event culminated with a prize give-away. Prizes included 25 Cerro Coso
logo t-shirts, a digital camera and an IPod. The digital camera was
sponsored by Wal-Mart and the IPod was sponsored by CSC. Bradley Sutton from
Murray Middle School won the camera and Brandon Jensen from Burroughs High
School won the IPod.
"The Expo objective was to provide primarily 7-12th graders the opportunity
to listen to a national aerospace keynote speaker, explore careers through
interactive booths with hands-on stations for energy, mining and
Students, teachers, counselors and parents were busy interacting with all of
the displays, and talking with the personnel staffing the booths. The
Expo was a wonderful event and we hope to provide this type of event on an
annual basis for students," stated Valerie Karnes, Dean, Career Technical
Education, Cerro Coso Community College. The event was funded through the
Kern Community College District.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260