FRC students gather around the Quincy Natural Foods booth to learn more about the local co-op. Feather River College will host more than 400 local junior and senior high school, and FRC students for the annual College and Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Any businesses interested in representing their industries at the upcoming event should contact [email protected] Photo submitted

College invites businesses to represent during annual career fair

Every fall, the young people of Plumas County gather to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

Staff at Feather River College hope to help answer that question by offering a College and Career Fair for students to explore their options.

The annual FRC College and Career Fair provides a valuable networking opportunity. An estimated 400 high school juniors and seniors, and FRC students will gather on the college campus Tuesday, Sept. 17, and talk with local businesses and other colleges. FRC staff is calling on the community to help represent the career choices students can consider.

“The intent is to broaden students’ understanding of careers available, some of which may be local and some that can be found in more urban areas,” said Michelle Petroelje, the director of Student Success Programs at FRC.

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The event is the product of collaboration between three FRC programs: the Educational Talent Search Program, the Student Equity and Achievement Program and the Career and Technical Education Transitions Program. Each program specializes in different areas of degree and vocational training, but share a common goal in encouraging students to think more about their career choices.

“This is a unique opportunity of show-and-tell,” said Carolyn Shipp, FRC’s Career and Technical Education Transitions Program coordinator. “We want as many local businesses and working people as we can get to help show the variety of career options the county has to offer.”

The event for the students entails the networking fair, a motivational speaker and a tour of the many vocational programs FRC offers, like the Outdoor Recreation and Leadership Program or the Agriculture Program. The fair itself will be in the gym at the college, and each career representative will have a table to decorate and provide information about their businesses. The students will come in waves, and spend about an hour exploring the tables and asking questions.

The networking portion of the day is always a high-energy and enriching time. Students who like machines can talk to someone who operates machines for a living, or students who want to go into the medical field can chat with someone who lives it daily.  Colleges from all over the west travel to the fair as well to offer educational advice on students’ specific career choices.

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“One of the goals is to tell students about career options locally, with the hope they will stay or return after further education.” said Shipp. “It is a great way to recruit, and if you are hiring, put your applications on the table. Let the students know.”

The networking fair is open to all businesses and any businesses or employees interested in representing during the network fair should contact Carolyn Shipp at [email protected]

“If you like the work you do, we want you to come and tell others about it,” said Petroelje. “You never know the impact it could have on a young person’s future.”