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BUHS students get taste of the working world

October 24, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Representatives from wide ranging careers and job training programs were at Brawley Union High School Tuesday to give students a taste of the working world at the school's biannual career fair.

"We try to focus on preparing students for post-high school and expose them to a variety of choices," said BUHS career specialist Brenda Haley.

In addition to the dozens of information tables and representatives in the school's central courtyard, some career representatives spoke to interested students in classrooms. On hand were professionals from the worlds of NFL coaching, neurology, park rangers and meat plant occupations, to name a few.

The career fair's breadth of offerings is made possible because of the school's partnerships with Imperial Valley businesses, said Brawley Union High School District Superintendent Garth Isom.

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The school's career path program, which places interested seniors in internships with local employers, started six years ago, Isom said. The biannual career fair gave juniors and seniors exposure to career fields in which they may want to intern, he said. Freshmen and sophomores also can begin thinking about their futures, Isom added.

Past fairs have been successful, "but this is just overwhelming," Isom said of the large turnout and high level of student enthusiasm.

Sophomore Israel Flores, 15, said he is considering a career with the U.S. Border Patrol, representatives from which were on hand Tuesday.

"I talked to them a little. I asked how much they pay each year," Israel said, adding that he's thought about doing a senior internship with them.

Freshmen Michelle Avila, 14, and Amber Exum, 15, are both thinking about careers in healthcare. Michelle said she wants to be a registered nurse because she likes different types of healthcare and "can't pick just one." Amber is looking to specialize and become a cardiologist.

The pair agreed career fairs are helpful for students exploring job opportunities and learning more about specific jobs.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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