IMPERIAL – Imperial Valley College opened its campus to host the 14th Annual Applied Sciences College Technical Education Expo for children of all ages, and its students in an attempt to bridge the gap between education and a working career Thursday afternoon.
“It’s an opportunity for our young community to be exposed to a wide range of careers and colleges, and see a connection with school and how it applies to real life,” explained Efrain Silva, Dean of Economic Work Force Development at Imperial Valley College.
All ages were welcomed to the event with more than 1,000 students signed up from different schools throughout the Imperial Valley, according to Economic Workforce Development Administrative Secretary Patricia Robles.
Seventy exhibitors displayed their goods, representing careers attainable through career technical education offered at Imperial Valley College, as well as employers currently seeking and recruiting employees.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was at the event, recruiting for the 400 open positions at East County Detention Center in Indio, scheduled to open at the end of 2016 and other various locations.
Positions available ranged from Accounting Assistants to Deputy Sheriff Trainee.
“It’s great to be invited,” said Deputy Sheriff/Recruiter Joe Ruiz from the Sheriff’s Personnel Bureau for Riverside County.
Education highlighted at the event focused on technical careers which Imperial Valley College offers programs awarding certificates, associates, or both.
“It’s pretty cool, said Calvin Noel from Desert Valley High School in Brawley, “Students can talk to people from the industry and make connections like I did.”
Noel is a student in the welding program at Desert Valley High School, and will begin working towards an Associated Degree in Welding Technology this summer.