Employers, local high school juniors and seniors want to meet you Monday, Sept. 17, when Feather River College hosts its popular annual College and Career Fair for Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties.
Signups are still open for representatives to join the FRC event that will be attended by more than 300 students from Chester, Greenville, Loyalton, Portola, Quincy and Westwood.
“We are definitely looking for presenters to join us,” said organizer Michelle Petroelje, FRC’s Director of Student Success Programs. “All the Plumas Unified schools, Plumas Charter and Long Valley Charter bring their 11th- and 12th-graders to this event and students have an hour to walk around the gym and talk with college and career reps. Some FRC students will also be on hand. We try to have various fields and occupations represented so students can ask questions from a variety of people.”
The fair opens at 8:15 a.m. with refreshments. The first group of students will arrive with time to visit presenter booths from 9 to 10 a.m.
The second group of students arrives by 10 a.m. and a featured guest speaker will address the entire audience until 11 a.m.
This year’s speaker will be Arel Moodie, a national best-selling author and motivational leader committed to helping young students of all backgrounds get to — and through — college.
Next, the second group of students has an opportunity to make the rounds of presenters until about noon.
“In the past, career reps from natural resources such as the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife game wardens, counseling, law enforcement, graphic design, cosmetology, health care, news organizations and many more fields have taken time from their day to answer questions that our local students have regarding these professions,” Petroelje explained.
The event is designed to assist local students with determining their future career paths and exploring associated types of post-secondary education.
Students are given a card with all the reps’ names and businesses or college contacts to help them speak with presenters whose companies, organizations or college programs interest them.
“The wide variety of presenters gives our high school students the opportunity to talk with adults in various careers to determine if a particular career is a good fit for them,” Petroelje said, explaining that they can ask about the education, working conditions and career paths available.
“While mingling in the gym, the students will be practicing their networking skills and may end up with contacts they can use for their senior projects,” she added.
Additionally, the fair is set up so students can talk with college reps, including Butte Community College, vocational schools and four-year institutions such as CSU Chico, University of Nevada Reno and other campuses.
To sign up and represent your company or organization, contact Michelle Petroelje, FRC director of Student Success Programs, at 283-0202, ext. 316.
FRC College and Career Fair
Monday, Sept. 17
FRC Multi-Purpose Building (Gym)
8:15 – 8:45 a.m.: Career Reps arrive for check-in and setup at assigned tables (snacks and tea/coffee).
9 a.m. – noon: Students meet with career and college reps.
Attendees include over 300 juniors and seniors from high schools in Chester, Greenville, Loyalton, Portola, Quincy and Westwood (plus interested students from Feather River College).
Contact Michelle Petroelje, FRC director of Student Success Programs, at 283-0202, ext. 316.