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Self Direction and Self Protection
Cerro Coso students from the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) and CalWORKS programs recently participated in a workshop entitled "Self Direction & Self Protection" designed to give them tools that lead to student success, self sufficiency, and self protection.
Cerro Coso employees Paula Suorez and Jennifer Schwerin opened with exercises on self direction and guidance on learning more about one's self followed by a discussion on how to cope and move forward during stressful times. Students reflected on life themes, what's important in their life, their successes and challenges, short and long term goals, and what needs to be done to achieve their goals.
Director of Special Services, Penny Talley, introduced Byron Walls of California CrimeFight who has been teaching and entertaining people for 23 years. Byron provided an informative and humorous presentation on the subject of crime safety. Students received an automobile "call police" sign along with security alarm protection stickers for their home.
After lunch guest speaker Vice President Heather Ostash inquired about obstacles that students see as blocks to their educational success and reassured participants that Cerro Coso does care about them and encouraged them to keep up the good work. Ridgecrest Martial Arts Academy followed with practical self defense moves that students can use to protect themselves in crisis situations. The day wrapped up with students receiving certificates of participation.
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