SHS Career Fair

Headliners barber Ray Maldonado cuts a student's hair at the Southwest High School Career Fair on Friday, February 8.

EL CENTRO – Southwest High School (SHS) organized “Career Fair Friday” on February 8 to assist and inform students of possible future careers. Imperial Valley College, University of Phoenix, and U.C. Davis provided educational support for students interested in pursuing higher education. Military active duty personnel participated in the event, providing information to students who might enlist to fight for American freedom.

Among the many career booths, Headliners Barber Shop and the Learning Institute of Southern California (LISC) provided a hair and beauty demonstration for students that volunteered for a haircut or beauty makeover. Students filled the south side of SHS and watched as friends sat for a haircut or an eyebrow makeover. With parental and school permission, Headliners barber Ray Maldonado and LISC students Marcela Martinez and Mark Magaña provided their services free of charge.

U.S. Marine Corps active duty Corporals Raul Cruz and Peter Gonzalez presented a boot camp exercise where students were given a fun physical challenge: how many pull-ups they could manage.

“Go, Sergio!” shouted a friend of one of the participants as he eagerly tried to finish the task.

First place winners scoring 23 pull-ups were given a t-shirt, second place winners scoring 15 pull-ups were given a lanyard, and third place winners scoring 10 pull-ups were given a bottle.

“Career day is an opportunity for students to be exposed to different careers, choose what interests them the most, and ask questions of businesses that gladly participated in this event,” said SHS school counselor Alyssa Campos. “A lot of students may be confused as to what career field they want to be in. I know I changed mine about two times,” said Campos.

“A lot of students sometimes do not do well in high school, but then you hear how well they are at their jobs, and even college, so we are proud that we are able to help them whether they continue their education or not,” said counselor Francisco Roman.

“From ninth grade students choose a career plan they like under the ‘Get Focused, Stay Focused’ program,” said Vice Principal Mickaelle Bonfis-Roncal. “Those programs help students develop better information on what to do in that career, and by twelfth grade, they should have an idea of what to do. Many students may not choose that career path, but at least we are providing that help from an early age.”

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