By Shawn Jennison, Clover Park Technical College
Clover Park Technical College is opening its doors a little wider on Thursday, May 12, making way for a record, 2,600+ teenagers. Students are coming from King, Pierce and Thurston Counties and the Cities of Wenatchee, Bremerton, Rochester, Winlock, Shelton, Yakima, Morton, Carbonato, and Elma.
Thursday, May 12 marks the 10th annual Career Conference, put on to help teens 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.
This event accomplishes that.
From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. students will experience a variety of activities including:
- An eco-fair with the following activities:
- rock and mineral identification
- periodic table bingo
- hazard waste site demonstration
- benthic macroinvertebrates identification and more
- program demonstrations
- car show
- career workshops
- program displays
- financial aid information
Titled, “From high school and beyond, what’s in your plan,” Clover Park will hand out career conference work books with planning worksheets. After the students fill out the worksheets, they are instructed to go to www.cptc.edu/pathway to complete the career pathway project. Many schools are requiring 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 to download the career conference workbook.