New opportunities for Elans at upcoming fair

By Brenda Diaz

East Los Angeles College will hold a Career and Technical Education fair, on March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the quad between the S2 and P2 buildings.

There are no requirements to attend and students of all educational goals are encouraged to participate.

CTE integrates academics with technical and occupational curriculum to give students pathways to careers of their interest.

Some of the fields in CTE are Automotive Technology, Psychology, Nursing and Life Sciences.

ASU will co-host the event and provide opportunities for students to join or learn about the clubs available on campus including the ELAC Architecture club, Automotive Technology club and the Respiratory Therapy Club  along with other clubs.

A complete list of clubs will be available at the event.

“ASU clubs provide a space for students with the same interest to meet, network and share ideas. They are also a great source of information, guidance and support which keeps students motivated and prepares them for their life after college,” ASU President Eduardo Vargas said.

CTE aims to increase students’ knowledge about ELAC’s certificate programs and career paths in several fields including business and finance, arts, media, entertainment and many more.

With a wide variety of choices, students can earn certificates that range from 3-40 units and prepare them for work in specific career fields.

Fifteen of ELAC’s departments offer more than 100 certificates.

The goal is to have students receive more information about the career they have chosen or that they may want to pursue.

Students who have undecided majors can stop by the Career and Job Services table to take a quick interest survey that may help them chose a career path.

“Many students might not know about the certificates that ELAC has to offer through our Career Technical Education program. Hopefully, this fair will raise students’ awareness of their educational and career options as well as increase involvement across campus,” Assistant Career Guidance Counselor Amber Marsden said.

A variety of student services will have booths at the fair such as Admissions, Financial Aid and EOPS, to supply students with information about different programs.

Students can participate in a self-paced scavenger hunt across a variety of the booths at the fair.

Participants will be entered for a chance to win a mini tablet and other prizes. A food truck will provide free food to students who show a current ELAC ID.

“This event is important because it also reaches out to the students who may not be in pursuit of transferring, but rather want to obtain a certification or an associates degree. For many, community college is a pathway to a bachelor’s degree, but for others it is a path to a better job,” Vargas said.

All students are encouraged to attend the CTE fair to expand their knowledge of the educational paths that ELAC has to offer.

For more information regarding the Career and Technical Education fair, visit the Career and Job services office or call (323) 415-4126.

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