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Career Fair At RHS Opens Doors For Students
There were several students that showed an interest in the military stations that were set up at the recent Career Fair in the Ray Fauria Gym. - photo by Photo By Virginia Still
The Universal Technical Institute was on hand with some information for Riverbank High School students. - photo by Photo By Virginia Still
Students at the Career Fair showed some interest in the Amazon station, which also had a wheel to spin for prizes. - photo by Photo By Virginia Still

Riverbank High School hosted a Career and College Fair recently on campus in the Ray Fauria Gym so students could explore career and college options. The gym was abuzz as each grade level came through at different times and made their rounds, gathering information and asking questions of exhibitors.

Barbara Brown, Director of Student Services, along with counselors from Cardozo Middle School and RHS planned the Career Fair in March of 2020. However, due to the shutdown the event never happened.

“In our community and our kids, some of them go to four-year universities but not all of them,” said Brown. “They don’t always have the knowledge, the resources, or the family support to know where to go and who to talk to so that is how the idea started. This Career Fair will give an opportunity for many of our students to learn about career options that they may not have been aware of, for after high school graduation.”

There was a variety of local businesses, colleges, and programs available for the students to investigate like Foster Farms, ITC (Interstate Truck Center) Trucks, VOLT Institute, Code Stack Academy, Amazon, Central Valley Barber College, and Paul Mitchell Beauty College.

ITC is out of Stockton and they had a big rig on display in front of the gym that had the student’s interest as did the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District fire truck, and a Sheriff’s Department vehicle that would have horns honking and sirens blaring throughout the event.

The event began at 10 a.m. and wrapped at 1 p.m., and the students had a special schedule on Wednesday, March 9 due to the event. The seniors kicked off the event, then the juniors, next the sophomores, and finally the freshmen had the opportunity to visit the fair. Each grade was allotted 30 minutes to make their rounds but had the option during their lunch time to go back for more information or ask any other questions. Adelante High School also got bussed over to participate in the Career Fair.

“They did a great job,” noted RUSD Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Richard Tapia. “This is wonderful. I am big fan of the Central Valley Barber (College) shop. I get my hair cut there.”

The Stanislaus County Sheriff exhibit had a steady group of kids as did the military stations and every table during each session saw interest from students. The Marines had a few students ‘auditioning’ with a few pushups.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) had a booth to share information about education and training in the electrical industry.

Students had the opportunity to visit UTI (Universal Technical Institute) that offers technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, along with welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs.

For those interested in the college path, Stanislaus State, Modesto Junior College, and University of California, Merced were posted up with information that saw their share of students.

“College does not necessarily have to be the only avenue after high school,” stated RHS Principal Greg Diaz. “It was really well planned and well attended. It is good for them to understand that they have other options after high school if they know where to go and who to ask. If we get one kid that figures something out after this then it was worth it.”

Brown expressed that they will definitely host another Career Fair at the high school in the future with more vendors that gives the students options, opportunities, and education.

Stan Co Sheriff
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department had several students stopping by, showing interest and asking questions about a law enforcement career. - photo by Photo By Virginia Still
Paul Mitchell
These two young ladies were interested in the Paul Mitchell School information table, entertaining the idea of a possible career. - photo by Photo By Virginia Still