Career Opportunities Workshop reaches hundreds of local students

Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram has assumed the mission of trying to find a way to keepour local students at home by exposing them to the great career opportunities they can find right here in Lassen County.

Yesterday, Monday, April 8, Ingram hosted the second annual Career Opportunities Workshop at Lassen High School. All county high schools were invited to attend.

“The second annual Career Opportunities Workshop is in the books,” Ingram said as he drove home after the event. “I’m on the way home, and I couldn’t feel better about it. We had a good turnout.”

Lassen County District 5 Supervisor, Jason Ingram, second from left, poses with representatives from Sierra Army Depot.

Ingram said at least 35 businesses and agencies attended the event and spoke with students about the job opportunities each offers.

“I didn’t get everybody on my sign-up sheet,” Ingram said, “but it was busy.”

Igram said he didn’t know exactly how many students attended the event, but he estimated it easily hundreds and perhaps even as many as nearly 1,000 students.

Instructors from Lassen Community College met with students at the second annual Career Opportunities Workshop.

“Every high schooler in the county was invited,” Ingram said. “We got everybody in there.”

He said the interests of students might change from year to year. He said one year a ninth-grader might want to be a firefighter and the next year they might want to be a forest ranger and the next year they might want to work at the prison and the year after that they might want to work at Sierra Army Depot or the city of Susanville.

“It doesn’t matter as long as they’re thinking about a career,” Ingram said. “They’re careers will change all through high school, I get that. They’re going to change their mind, but the point is to have them career-minded when the graduate. The point is to get them thinking about a career. Hopefully when they graduate they’ll at least be thinking about it.”

Lassen County Superintendent Patty Gunderson tries to walk the line while wearing a pair of goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol consumption.

Ingram said Lassen County Sheriff John McGarva attended as did Susanville Safety Officer Mike Bollinger, City Councilmember Curtis Bortle and Lassen County Superintendent of Schools Patty Gunderson.

He said the county had several tables and the city of Susanville, Lassen Community College, the Susanville Indian Rancheria, Grocery Outlet and more attended the event as well.

“It was a great event,” Ingram said. “Everybody had a great time.”

Believe it or not, before the dust has settled on this year’s event, Ingram said he’s already planning for next year.