NORCO – 01 – 23 – 2016 – From morning into the early afternoon, hundreds of students and parents browsed displays and booths set up showcasing opportunities in technical careers. High school students got the chance to sit in a real one on one mock interview with industry professionals, an experience that will prove valuable when they sit down for a real job interview.

The successful 2016 College and Career Expo drew a crowd that exceeded expectations and gave students a glimpse of potential career paths. This is the first year that CNUSD has partnered with Norco College and the Corona Chamber of Commerce to host this type of event for the community.

School Board Member John “Mr Z.” Zickefoose watched on as people kept flowing in. “Just an incredible turn out, lot’s of excitement out here,” he said. “You never know how it’s going to go for the first go around but it’s done really well and I think it’s an opportunity for students and I’m seeing a lot of parents too. Students come and really see what we really have at Corona-Norco as it relates to career technical education. Then you have students dressed up doing their interviews, these experiences are great and our partnerships with Norco College and the Corona Chambers has been great. Thrilled with how the days gone so far.”

“We didn’t know what to expect for the first time,” said Dr. Gina Boster, who directs CNUSD’s Career Technical Education. “It’s been awesome. Auburndale Intermediate brought in a bus full of kids. The high school teachers have been the real driving force behind this. They’ve brought in things, and they’re talking to a lot of incoming kids. We have businesses that are here are talking to kids about future jobs and future opportunities. It’s gone really well.”

Dr. Lin praised the partnership with Norco College and the Corona Chamber of Commerce. “If you think about our LCAP initiatives, everything we do, it’s all about college and career readiness. It helps kids who are thinking about community college, here at Norco. Everything we’re doing here is making learning relevant with rigor. It has to include partnership with the community.”

To learn more about Career Technical Education programs offered at CNUSD, please visit : www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/cte 

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