Mark Keppel High SchoolAlhambra , CA United States
About 1,000 high school students and parents from the five high schools in the Alhambra
Unified School District converged at Mark Keppel High School last Thursday for the district’s 4th Annual Career Fair.
Programming for this three-hour, after-school, educational event held in Mark Keppel’s Aztec Arena and the Big Gym included information tables hosted by local professionals, career- building workshops and even a mock interview station for students wanting to improve their public speaking skills or update their resumes.
Police officers from Monterey Park Police Department, local real estate professionals,
journalists from the Alhambra Source and university representatives were included in the 70+ groups invited to the after-school event. College ambassadors from East Los Angeles Community College and Western University of Health Sciences answered student’s questions along with members of the business community. Questions varied from how to develop a career path, what a typical work day in their chosen professions looks like, education requirements for certain jobs and more.
Alhambra Unified Superintendent Denise R. Jaramillo attended the event to support the productive afternoon as did other district officials including Elizabeth An, Career Technical Education Advisor at Mark Keppel / Century High School who is also the District Fair Coordinator. Although she is the only coordinator, An felt that the event would not have been a success without the support from other district staff and student volunteers. “I am very happy that overall, 97.2% of 248 students surveyed said they would recommend the Career Fair to others and 73.8% reported their career [choice] or a similar career was represented at the Career Fair,” said An.
Joe Nguyen, a 9th grader at Mark Keppel High School, thought the fair was a well-rounded way for students to be exposed to learning opportunities and new work fields. He also highlighted the importance of the personal interactions when learning about opportunities as opposed to looking for information on a job or university website. “[The Career Fair] is a positive way to help students decide what they want to do in the future,” said Nguyen. Among the volunteers ushering students to programming around the fair and handing out materials was Keilynn Sato, a 12th grader at Mark Keppel High School who wants to study photography and is a member of SKILLS USA, a student leadership club that coordinates volunteer and academic competition opportunities. Sato believes the Career Fair is an important educational event since “some students don’t know what career they want to do [after high school], they can explore their interests here,” she said.
Another important addition to the afternoon event included career training workshops which were led by teachers and college advisors such as Alexander Rincon, a College Advisor at Alhambra High School. Rincon led the Navigating Social Media in Today’s Job Market workshop which focused on the importance of social media management with platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Other workshops included Tools to Land the Job and How to Ace the Interview.
According to An, the career fair started in 2015 as an opportunity to “give students and employers a chance to meet one another, establish professional relationships, and discuss potential job and/or internship opportunities.”
For more information on careers and skill preparation opportunities visit AUSD’s Career Technical Education website: http://www.ausdcte.org/