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Bridge to the Future panel at Sierra College for Truckee Tahoe high school students and parents

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; High school students and their parents are invited to Sierra College, 11001 College Trail, Truckee to interact with a group of distinguished panelists moderated by Dr. Kim Bateman.

Focusing on the transition from high school to college and how students can set themselves up for success, the free and#8220;Bridge to the Future” panel will take place Friday, June 10, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Panelists include Christopher Old, a certified marriage and family therapist, teaches personal development courses and co-leads the Sierra College Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club. His upcoming classes include Career Planning which meets Tuesday nights from Aug. 22 to Dec. 10. Career Planning is for adults seeking meaningful work experiences. The course includes personality and value assessments to help students identify appropriate careers and match their knowledge and passions with occupational research, goal setting, job search strategies and practical resume writing and interviewing training activities. Old also serves as a facilitator for Career Exploration Internships for students taking at least one additional Sierra College course.

Math instructor Jacqueline Diaz, an alum of Truckee High School, began teaching on the Truckee campus in fall 2010. She holds a masters degree in mathematics from UNR and is heading up the campusand#8217; disc golf club. She will share insights on student achievement and answer questions on June 10.

In addition to teaching students beginning fundamentals required for careers in engineering and architecture, civil engineer Brad Altman teaches students to think and prepares them for college classes through his Sierra College AutoCAD class that has been taught on the North Tahoe High School campus. Altman works with designers and architects on single family and small commercial projects. He says, and#8220;I love to teach. It makes a big difference to the kids that I actually use math and science in my everyday work life. It gives the subjects relevance.and#8221;

Rounding out the panel is Sierra Collegeand#8217;s on-site counselor Cyndi Flores who also serves on The Excellence in Education Foundation board of directors.

Key discussion topics will include tips on how to be successful in college and#8212; specifically Sierra College. Panelists will speak about what they have noticed about first year college students and share resources. Students will talk about lessons learned as well as any challenges they faced making the transition to college.

There will be time for audience questions and conversations over refreshments in the lobby. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. All current high school students, including graduating seniors, who attend will be entered into a raffle drawing for $25.

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee offers career and technical education programs, certificates, associate degrees and has transfer agreements with UCs and CSUs. Sierra College is located across the street from the SaveMart shopping Center at 1001 College Trail, Truckee. For more information about the panel discussion, call 530-548-5010 before 5 p.m. on Friday.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com