What do physical therapists, bankers, police officers, army soldiers, engineers, and emergency medical technicians have in common? They were among the many professions represented at this year’s Career Exploration Day held in the college gymnasium on Thursday, September 24, 2015.
Students who know they need a college degree for the jobs that interest them are more likely to go to college. Every year the counseling department holds a Career Exploration Day to help connect career dreams with real life experience.
This year more than 400 high school juniors and seniors representing eight different high schools attended, and explored the many career opportunities and college programs available to them locally. Cerro Coso President Jill Board welcomed those in attendance encouraging them to interact with the various employers and college programs and ask questions about academic requirements as well as workplace skills and behaviors needed to become successful. The day gives students the opportunity to see possible career paths and get insight into the specific requirements, daily responsibilities, and extraordinary experiences associated with each career.
Attendees were given tours of the Ridgecrest Campus and lunch in the sculpture garden with music and an opportunity to win a drawing for a laptop, DVD player, and L300 system.
Special recognition goes to event coordinators: Karee Hamilton and Amy Kennedy, and the staff in the counseling and outreach departments for their hard work in raising awareness about the importance of a college education. It’s a beautiful thing when career and passion come together.