School Notes: Which career is right for you? |

School Notes: Which career is right for you?

Voice-activated computer technology, theater set design and geographic information systems (GIS) are just a few of the fascinating potential career paths that area high school students learned about on Friday, Oct. 3, at Sierra College, Rocklin’s Career and Tech Education Day.

Ninety students from North Tahoe High School and Truckee High School participated in the event, which was a collaborative effort between Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Sierra College. Sierra College funded the cost of the bus trip down and two board members and a teacher also assisted in driving students. Students toured the campus and attended presentations from a myriad of departments including: electronics and mechatronics, construction technology, fashion design and merchandising, fire technology, nursing and photography.

“An important piece of high school is looking forward and examining what path you want to take,” explains Nancy Evans, Truckee High School counselor. “There are so many career avenues students can take and the more that they are exposed to the more likely they are to find a career that they will love.”

Valaine Hoffman, Sierra College career education liaison, agreed with Evans.

“Unfortunately students don’t often look at the future; their future is the homecoming game next weekend,” Hoffman said. “A job is something you go to Monday through Friday, get your paycheck and go home. With a career you are really putting your time in; you build on your experience and constantly reinvent yourself.”

She emphasizes the importance of offering alternative post-high school educational options. Additionally, with its vast array of tutoring services, she said Sierra College also provides a safety net for college students.

Bev Ducey, a Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board member, and a parent of a high school student herself, says Sierra College’s mission meshes perfectly with Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s goals.

“The district has a strong partnership with Sierra College both locally and in Rocklin,” Ducey noted. “With the opening of the new campus here in Truckee we are now truly a Pre-K through 14 community. The district wants students to understand that there are many pathways to a career after high school, which include both two- and four-year programs.”

Earlier this month, Sierra College hosted a college night at Truckee High in which colleges from across the state and beyond were represented. Parents and students can look for additional career and college exploration events in the coming months.

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