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Adelante Job Fair Helps Prep Students For Careers
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During the Adelante High School Job Fair this past Friday, students were able to search and apply for jobs at the Job Kiosk set up for all students. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS

The students at Adelante High School (AHS) are not only preparing for graduation this week, but some are also planning for the summer as well as their future. The AHS Leadership Class of 18 hosted a Job Fair on campus this past Friday for students to get some job ideas, apply for jobs, and gain knowledge on job opportunities.

Leadership spent three weeks preparing for the event with several stations for students to visit like fast food or restaurant jobs, retail jobs, construction, Au Pair, resorts, summer camps, national park service, and self-employment. This is the third Job Fair hosted at AHS by the leadership class led by advisor and teacher Kristi Santos.

“It was the biggest of the three we have held so far,” said Santos. “It has grown in the sense that other staff members have stepped in to take on roles in making our job fair a success. Project Yes was a great addition, and Teresa Manriquez, our administrative assistant, contacted this group, and saw that they had what they needed for the presentation.”

Project YES (Youth Employment Services) had a booth where several students visited and gained knowledge on a few topics like career pathways, interview assistance, transportation assistance, college assistance and networking. Project YES helps the youth improve their lives and financial situation with assistance in finding employment and much more.

There was also a job kiosk set up so students could apply for a job or search the system for potential job opportunities.

“Our job kiosk was a new addition, well received, and we had a couple of students apply for jobs on the spot,” Santos noted. “We also had flyers about using caution when looking for jobs online.

“The booths offered students a way to think outside the box as well, by looking at summer jobs away from home, once they turn 18, resort work, or au pair work.”

Campus monitor Adolfo Martinez set up the sound system, which allowed everyone to enjoy some tunes throughout the event.

“Teachers Fred Wood and Melody Tennis visited the booths and asked the students good questions, and determined that the presenters were very informed,” stated Santos. “The Job Fair was well received by the students, and Leadership students were very prepared, with information and handouts to give to all who participated.”

Counselor Norma Ramirez staffed the Modesto Junior College station which had flyers about the upcoming orientations.

The weeks of hard work, research, and organizing that the leadership students did paid off with a successful event.

“I was pleased as well, by the professional manners of Leadership students, and the genuine respect attendees gave to the presenters,” expressed Santos. “All of our AHS students really rose to the occasion, and our staff is very proud of all the students.”