Teenagers take active roletowards careers

The second annual career fair at Williams High School was reported to be a success. On Thursday, at the end of the school day, students stuck around to probe their options as future members of the workforce. 

Success was measured by the number of those in attendance. About 100 students came through the gym doors, staying to chat with 34 of the representatives presenting potential careers.

Teachers with the AVID program spearheaded both years of this career fair. AVID is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. 

Teacher Jonathan Mireles was in the AVID program when he was in school, so he is very familiar with the goals. 

Mireles and his students started planning the event in January. Students took on an active role leading up to Thursday’s event. With skills that translate to the professional world, students were tasked to choose businesses to attend the fair, initiating and conducting formal conversations. 

These are not skills that younger generations said they are familiar with.

“Some of them, it’s the first time they’ve ever spoken to anyone on the phone besides family because they’re so used to text and social media,” 

To the students he said, “Isn’t that great? You guys are getting that skill. You need to have these skills by the time you graduate, talking to someone, email, the proper email etiquette.” 

Mireles was on hand to assist with ideas and prompts, but the students were the ones doing the legwork. 

Students made connections they are carrying over to next year’s fair, such as medical professionals and possibly an FBI agent. Keeping all their networking notes organized in specific binders has the added bonus of contributing to a positive change in students’ grades, Mireles reports.

For those not fortunate enough to be a high school student, there is another chance on Thursday, April 11, from noon to 2 PM to learn more about local career options. The Colusa County Campus will hold another career fair at the Education Village on 499 Marguerite St., in Williams.  This event will be hosted by Yuba Community College but is open to the community. It will be held in the multipurpose room, and lunch will be provided. For more information, call (530) 668-2500.■