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Friday, May 13, 2011

2,600 teens weigh career options at 10th annual career conference at Clover Park Technical College

Cue the sunshine, open the doors, bring in the hot rods, setup the BBQ, and showcase the career training programs.

That about sums up the experience of approximately 2,600 middle and high school students on Thursday, May 12 for the 10th annual career conference at Clover Park Technical College.

From King, Pierce and Thurston Counties and the Cities of Wenatchee, Bremerton, Rochester, Winlock, Shelton, Yakima, Morton, Carbonato, and Elma students came from all over to experience college and think about post high school plans.

“The event is designed to help students get the process started,” said Janet Holm, career conference organizer and outreach coordinator. “Many middle and high school-aged students need to weigh their options now in order to see themselves in a specific career later,” said Holm.

The event accomplished that.

Activities included an eco-fair complete with rock and mineral identification, periodic table bingo, hazard waste site demonstration, benthic macroinvertebrates identification and more. Student also experienced program demonstrations, a hot rod car show, career workshops, program displays, and financial aid information.

Titled, “From high school and beyond, what’s in your plan,” Clover Park handed out career conference work books with planning worksheets. After the students filled out the worksheets, they were instructed to go to www.cptc.edu/pathway to complete the career pathway project. Many schools required this to be turned in as an assignment, further stressing that planning for post secondary education is critical.

“This is a community event that encourages people to experience what it’s like to learn at a technical college,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park. “It is a demonstration of the wide range of programs offered in allied health, technology, skilled trades, and business fields.”

Visit www.cptc.edu/outreach for more information about future events.

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