Nearly 100 Central Coast businesses will take part in the 12th annual Career Exploration Day at Allan Hancock College on Friday, September 30. More than 2,000 high school and college students, and members of the public will learn about the education and training required to enter specific industries.
Nearly 100 Central Coast businesses will take part in the 12th annual Career Exploration Day at Allan Hancock College on Friday, September 30. More than 2,000 high school and college students, and members of the public will learn about the education and training required to enter specific industries.

Community members can explore their career options at Allan Hancock College’s 12th annual Career Exploration Day on Friday, September 30, 2016. The free event matches future employees with employers and the educators who will help prepare them for their new careers.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on the Santa Maria campus.

More than 2,000 students from about 20 different area high schools and charter schools will converge on Hancock to learn more about potential career fields. Hancock students and the public are encouraged to attend.

“The goal of the event is to expose high school and college students to career opportunities on the Central Coast and to make sure they know how to prepare for the careers of their choice,” said Nohemy Ornelas, associate superintendent/vice president of student services. “It also helps those still exploring career options to talk directly with employers.”

Representatives from more than 100 college programs and local businesses, including employers from manufacturing, agriculture, law enforcement, military, civil service and medical fields, will be on hand to talk specifics about their industry and the education it requires for employment. Hancock faculty and staff from academic and career technical education departments such as welding, public safety, nursing and culinary arts will also be available to talk about corresponding courses and career options.

“Our goal with this career event is to make sure our students and residents know that excellent jobs are available locally and beyond,” Ornelas said.

A highlight of the event will be tours of specific programs, including the culinary arts teaching kitchen, the Industrial Technology Complex, PCPA Theater, science labs and the college’s vineyard and winery. Guests will also enjoy the harvest festival activities organized by the college’s viticulture/enology program.

Employers interested in showcasing their industry or high school administrators interested in bringing students to the Career Exploration Day should contact Lynn Mayer at (922-6966 ext. 3374 or lmayer@hancockcollege.edu.