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Local students attend career fair

A busload of Silver Springs High School students descended on Cal Expo Wednesday to attend a career fair hosted by CareerGPS of Sacramento. Armed with questions about career possibilities, the 40 students met and networked with recruiters from a variety of companies. Several of the juniors and seniors were prepared with copies of their resumes.

“Many of our students will head directly into the workforce after they graduate,” said Marty Mathiesen, principal of the alternative/continuation high school. “We take every chance to expose them to vocational options. The career fair helps students learn which jobs are in high demand, what they pay, and what type of education or training is needed to land those jobs. I was amazed at how many six-figure jobs are out there for youths fresh out of high school.”

Mathiesen and three Silver Springs staff members chaperoned the trip.

“It was rewarding to see our students approach this event seriously. They appreciate the opportunities this event offers,” says Randy Fields, SSHS Media Center Technician who was one of the chaperones. “All our students were professional and polite.”

Esmerelda Lopez Garcia, a junior, said, “It showed me what to expect after high school. I learned I can sign up with various job placement agencies to increase my chances of finding work.”

Senior Ethan Barber visited booths showcasing the construction, information technology, and finance industries.

“I learned that construction isn’t just about building houses,” Barber said. “You need to know logistics, and you might work assembling lumber products. In IT, you can work designing microchips and improving computers. At the banking booth, they explained how they compound interest on accounts. I learned a lot at the job fair and it was definitely time well spent.”

In-N-Out Burgers in Auburn treated the Silver Springs students to lunch on their way home.

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