“I have been telling them to stay in school, even if you only take one class at a time,” said Inez Costa-Clubb, volunteer for the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Costa-Clubb. The Hispanic chamber was one of 39 businesses, companies and educational institutes that were available to answer questions for students exploring various careers during the second annual Career Fair at Meadowbrook High School last Thursday. Students from the Exception Education classes, CTE (Career & Technical Education) classes and ESL (English Second Language) classes were invited to attend. Over 300 discovered various job opportunities ranging from the Flying Squirrels to Bon Secours, from Iron Bridge Sports Park to the Virginia Film office and/or from electrician apprenticeships to universities. They checked into full-time and part-time job opportunities. Students asked vendors various questions about the company’s they represented. A few of the questions were education requirements for employment with their company, positions available, salary and if they were satisfied in their current positions. Representatives from universities and technical schools were helpful in discussing entry into secondary education.
Senior Silvia Garcia stopped by the chamber table to find out about opening a business. She wants to have a cleaning service. “We want to know more about the Hispanic community and how to open a business,” said Garcia. Costa-Clubb was able to give information on how the chamber helps businesses but also wanted to encourage her to stay in school and keep up with her English and native language to build strong communication skills that will help her succeed.
Sophomore Aaron Garland said he was offered to apply for a job when he stopped by the YMCA table. He says he would like to go to school to become a coronary technician. “My main goal is to be a coronary technician, but if that doesn’t work out then I would like to be an elementary teacher. Working at the Y will give me the opportunity to see if I really like working with children.”
“The kids are engaged,” said Jacob Oliver, Special Education teacher at Meadowbrook. “We invited around 400 students and I know we have had over 300 to come in today. The people here [today] have been great. It really did turn out great.”