High school students in the Socorro Independent School District were able to explore and learn more about future job and career opportunities showcased in the district’s College, Career and Job Expo held earlier this month.
The SISD College, Career and Job Expo, which was conducted in a virtual format this year, allowed sophomores, juniors and seniors to network with representatives from colleges and universities, business and industry professionals and learn about more Career and Technical Education programs across the district.
“Providing these opportunities for our students lets us contribute to their futures to be successful,” said Brenda Gonzalez, CTE business and industry coordinator. “It feels great to see students graduate and go straight into college or a certain industry as professionals.”
This year, the CCJE drew in nearly 400 students into 26 different breakout sessions, where they were able to watch presentations and ask questions with the click of a button.
The event included special presentations from UTEP for internship opportunities, the El Paso Chihuahuas for summer jobs, GC Services for career opportunities, and the new barbering program being offered at Socorro High School.
Idalee Luevano, a junior from Americas High School, said she is looking into summer jobs this year in order for her to start saving for college and learn how to manage her finances better.
“I like that SISD still manages to make these events possible for us,” she said. “Being here today makes me feel more involved and I like learning about the workforce so we can be successful after high school.”
The El Paso WorkForce Solutions Borderplex, which partners often with SISD, also participated in the event by accepting applications from students for summer training for job placement.