Students Attend Ready 4 College & Career Conference

A local program is in place aimed at helping high school seniors figure out what field or what college to go into. It is called the Coastal Bend Partners for College and Career Readiness.

Close to 200 hundred students representing more than a dozen Coastal Bend school districts attended a day-long career conference Wednesday, all with one goal in mind: finding direction on what to do after graduation.

Students from Alice, Corpus Christi, Falfurrias and communities in between listened intently to career counselors and educators on everything from traditional four-year colleges to certification programs.

It was the second Ready 4 College & Career Conference, offered to all students who haven't quite made up their minds about their futures.

Students said the event was a real eye opener, giving them direction and a career path.

"I want to be a welder. I'm already in the college at CBC. I'm already enrolled. This is my last year," said Heaven Bluezamoi, a senior from Ben Bold-Palito Blanco High School. "By the time I get out, I'll already have a license certified and everything."

"We have so many jobs available in this area, we really need to tie our education to those jobs, and that's what today is all about," said Dr. Janet Cunningham, executive director of Ready 4 College. "Letting students know that there's a job waiting for them. They need to get that education."

It's not surprising that many of the students we spoke with also expressed an interest in Eagle Ford Shale, some hoping to go for training right after high school, and others hoping for college degrees in the respective fields.

If you students didn't make Wednesday's Ready 4 College & Career Conference, check with your school counselors for information.


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