By Eugene Heuberger
On Monday Nov. 7, Chemeketa hosted the 28th annual career and college fair.
The event, which was set in the Bldg. 7 gym, showcases regional secondary education opportunities and is designed to show a great deal of information about regional as well as area colleges, according to Adriana Figueroa, a Chemeketa student ambassador.
Marnie Grimmell, a counseling program associate from the Salem-Keizer School District, said, “We have 76 different colleges or programs signed up this year. New to us this year are some businesses offering educational experiences.”
According to Grimmell, the businesses offer education in the form of job training.
Jodie Sagor, a representative at Wells Fargo’s stand, simply said the company was represented at the fair because “we’re a job, and we’re hiring.”
The event was designed to show students the breadth of local options for secondary education.
“There’s a lot of college-bound kids who can’t travel out to colleges in Washington or California to visit, and so they have an opportunity to speak with representatives here,” James McNicholas, Chemeketa’s student recruitment coordinator, said.
Victor Duarte, a Chemeketa student ambassador who attended the event last year, said that it was a good use of time because “instead of going to each place, they all come here to you.”
According to McNicholas, the fair is coordinated by the Salem-Keizer public schools and is intended to attract primarily K-12 students from the surrounding area.
“Kids can come in with their families and parents and talk to college reps in a non-pressured sort of situation,” he said.
Rosa Diaz, a Chemeketa student ambassador, said, “I would encourage everyone … not to stop their education with high school.”