Fifteen year-old Dillon Ross, 16 year-old Angelina Caldera and 16 year-old Frank Carrion listen intently as staff sergeant Dustin Brothers offers advice on taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test during Career Day at Lassen High School. Photo by Glenda Svendsen

High school hosts Career Day with 32 speakers

Lassen High School’s Career Day featured 32 speakers from our community who devoted their Wednesday morning to educating Lassen High students about some of the career options available to them.

Every student signed up for two topics and each speaker gave two consecutive presentations so that more students would have the opportunity to attend.

A wide variety of choices were available. Students could learn about life as a social worker from Lisa Chandler, a career as an archeologist from Jake Hunting, caring for animals as a veterinarian from Kasey Christenson or becoming a lineman from Neil Dockery.

There were representatives from specialties for those with an artistic eye such as jeweler presented by Edith Schwirian, graphic design, which was outlined by Kim Kirack or cosmetologist offered by Matthew Urquizu.

Vocational options for the more physically inclined included: construction — Michael Kirack, welding — Korey Konkol, and Cal Fire presented by captain Cox.

The class for students interested in automotive was packed as Lassen Community College’s automotive technology instructor Chad Lewis, explained how the industry is changing to an intrigued audience.

Officer Kevin Singletary cautioned students about the importance of truthfulness when pursuing a career in law enforcement as well as other relevant issues surrounding the endeavor.

Singletary’s presentation took place in the classroom of social science teacher Paul Geoia who noted, “Many of the topics officer Singletary addressed peaked student interest and allowed for some engaging questions put forth by students.”

Pediatrician Dr. Christina Carlton shared that there would be years of education devoted to embarking on a career in medicine with requirements for continued education and periodic testing. Also, clerical work is a major component of the medical field. And this warning, “ If you don’t like children, pediatrics probably isn’t the career for you.”

Director of LCC’s Nursing Program and Allied Health, Christi Myers R.N. B.S.N. P.H.N. informed students that very motivated individuals can begin their nursing training at the age of 17. Also, training can begin at age 17 for a career as an emergency medical technician or phlebotomist.

She reminded students that any courses they take at LCC while they are high school students are cost free. Meyers also reminded the teens that a major aspect of success is, “Showing up and doing what you are asked to do.”

Greg Wallace offered a wealth of information about types of photography. His journey from hobbyist to earning an income with his passion captured the imagination.

Whether or not a student’s dream job was represented, Career Day offered a learning opportunity for LHS students and certainly inspired many to consider their options for future employment.

Geoia adds, “ The students I talked to after this event had a lot of positive things to say about the many speakers and gained valuable insight into many careers.”