IMPERIAL — Steve Nicoles looks a little nervous.
At Friday's Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program junior high career day, the KYMA news reporter was faced with a room of eighth-graders looking to steal his job.
Nicoles and several other presenters from fields as diverse as health care, law enforcement and education gave workshops at Imperial Valley College about their professions to eighth-grade students from across the Imperial Valley.
Stephanie Collins, an IVROP technician, explained that instead of being too young, eighth-graders' youth is actually an advantage.
"It's a transition into high school," Collins said of eighth grade.
Career fairs at this age will prepare students for "opportunities in high school to explore more in-depth" their career options through activities such as other ROP programs, Collins said.