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Careers on display for high school students

Chamber Leadership Class hosts annual Adelante career fair
By: Lauren Weber, The Press-Tribune
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Several local high school students were recently introduced to career paths available post-graduation at the seventh annual career fair at Adelante High School, sponsored by the Roseville’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class. Vendor booths at last Friday’s fair included Aaron Brothers, Best Buy, the California Highway Patrol, Valley Crest Landscape and the U.S. Army. Students each attended two workshops on subjects like interview techniques, budget and finance, resumes and applications and the 49er Regional Occupational Program, a program offering career preparation classes to high school students. “You guys are going to be working for the next 47 years,” Principal Gary Litke told participating students. Junior Alexis Bracco visited the Jerrylee Beauty College booth, received some information about the school and learned what it takes to avoid being a beauty school dropout. Elise Viebrock, the associate director with Jerrylee Beauty College in Roseville, said beauty school often attracts people who are artistic, have a non-conformist side, and those who want to be their own boss. The college had presence at Adelante’s career fair previously and has found it to be a worthwhile partnership. “It’s been pretty successful,” she said. “The kids are very interested.” Katie Palatinus, the coordinator for the career fair and teacher at Adelante High School, said the partnership with the school and the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Class opens students’ eyes to what is possible for them. “I think one of our goals at Adelante High School is always to prepare the students for what comes next,” she said. “It’s been an awesome opportunity for our students and our school.” Whether it’s into the workforce or on to college, students were introduced to many of the options they have. Representatives from Sierra College manned a booth and introduced students to many of the options the Rocklin-based school has to offer. “We have many success stories at Sierra College,” said Sally Montemayor Lenz, director of outreach student services. “It’s all about achieving student success.” Montemayor Lenz was introducing students to possible degrees, certificates, financial aid, academic enrichment programs that students can begin while in high school, and their mechatronics program, a combination of mechanics, electronics and other computer-related skills. “We also have an excellent transfer program to four-year universities,” Montemayor Lenz said. Even if students hadn’t thought of attending Sierra College, Montemayor Lenz had information on the benefits the school has to offer. “It’s all about sharing what Sierra College has to offer,” said Alistair Turner, outreach specialist for student services. In the midst of colleges and governmental agencies, Livingston’s Concrete Service of Placer County welcomed students to learn about the job opportunities within the company, especially the position of driver. “We’re trying to get a new generation into it,” said Steve Huusfeldt, sales manager for Livingston’s.