Students at Minarets High School had the opportunity to speak with professionals from a variety of career areas and meet with representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities during the the school’s third annual Life After High School College/Career Day on March 14.
Students attended panel presentations with 22 professionals from the following career areas: Ag & Natural Resources, Business & Entrepreneurship, IT & Engineering, Law Enforcement, Medical, Psychology/Human Services, Trades, Visual & Performing Arts.
Panelists provided information on education requirements for their career area, information on what a typical day would look like, and guidance on how to prepare for a career in the field.
In the afternoon students attended a college/career fair where they were able to talk more in depth with 40 area professionals, colleges and universities, and area agency representatives.
Colleges represented at the event included Fresno State, UC Merced, Fresno Pacific University, Grand Canyon University, Woodbury University, SJVC, DeVry, Brightwood and five from the State Center Community College District - Oakhurst, Madera, Clovis, Reedley and Fresno.
Among the businesses and agencies at the event were Ponderosa Telephone, Valley Children’s Hospital, U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and PG&E.
“We are very grateful for the support shown by our community and appreciate the time people gave to support our students,” said school guidance counselor Claudia vanDenBergh, who coordinated the event with the assistance of Jessica Chacon and Annie Matthews, an intern from Fresno Pacific. “This day provides students access to valuable resources they need as they work to make decisions about their future.”
“We want our students thinking about steps for success starting day one of their high school experience,” said Principal Dr. Daniel Ching. “Events like these give our students tools to understand what they need to accomplish their goals as well as giving them and opportunity to generate ideas about their passions and interest areas. We are lucky to have such a skilled and dedicated counseling staff to make things like this happen for our students.”