LAKEWOOD – Clover Park Technical College welcomed more than 3,300 area middle school and high school students at the 14th Annual Career Conference May 8.
Students visited with faculty and students from the college’s 40 programs at the four-hour open house event at the Lakewood campus.
With the theme “Picture Your Path at CPTC,” visitors had the chance to picture themselves in future career fields by taking “selfies” at the more than 20 selfie stations set up around campus, and were encouraged to share it via social media using #CPTCyourself.
Gig Harbor High School junior Ana Garcia had never thought about a career in surgical technology before the event. She learned about surgery prep through a training demonstration, and also dressed in scrubs and posed for a selfie behind an operating table.
“You get to see hands-on what they actually do,” Garcia said. “You experience what surgery is like and you can actually picture yourself in that position.”
For the students in the surgery technology program, they had the chance to highlight what they’ve learned and showcase a subject they’re passionate about to prospective students.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for them to get an idea of what it’s like to not only come to school, but to come to this school,” CPTC surgical technology student Deedee Augustine said. “We are really proud of this program.”
Visitors had free roam of the campus and visited with programs of their choice, many of which also included hands-on activities like automotive painting, security system testing, massage and tours of facilities.
Faculty and students of the cosmetology program were busy adding tinsel to anyone who wanted sparkle in their hair. This year’s event marked the first for Daniel Bacon. The cosmetology student enjoyed the many opportunities he had to answer questions about his desired profession.
Cosmetology instructor Loree Chiaro has been at Clover Park for 18 years and thought this year’s event was the best yet for the cosmetology program, which came up with many colorful decorative props for selfie stations.
The 22nd Annual People’s Choice Car and Bike Show showcased vehicles that spanned several eras and the McGavick Student Center hosted the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Fair, which highlighted the aerospace programs available at the South Hill campus.