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Blinn-Schulenburg showcases career options for area eighth graders

Sixth annual CareerQuest draws more than 300 Fayette County eighth grade students

May 26, 2017

Bruce Mund

Agricultural Sciences Instructor Brice Mund describes the variety of careers centered around agriculture at the sixth annual CareerQuest hosted by the Blinn College-Schulenburg Campus.

More than 300 eighth grade students from La Grange, Flatonia, and Fayette County recently visited the sixth annual CareerQuest held at the Blinn College-Schulenburg Campus.

CareerQuest featured presentations regarding potential career opportunities and the educational goals students must achieve to make those careers possible. The program was co-sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Fayette County and the Fayette County 4-H.

“CareerQuest gives students some research into future career choices,” said Kayla Kaspar, County Extension Agent for 4-H and Texas Agrilife Youth Development. “Students get a chance to see different careers and see if it is something that they would like to pursue.”

Agricultural Sciences Instructor Brice Mund described the variety of careers centered around agriculture. Prospective Students Coordinator Myron Dippel made a presentation describing how students can select a major, while Simulations Director Sami Rahman showed students the variety of health and science careers available, and even demonstrated how Blinn students interact with lab mannequins that can breathe, cry out, and vomit.

Blinn student Hannah Garlick taught students to budget their personal finances using www.texasrealitycheck.com, a website with detailed information on living expenses in various Texas cities. Garlick participated in CareerQuest as a student at La Grange High School.

“I wish more schools around the state would host this program,” Garlick said. “When I went through as a student, I felt like it really helped me pick out a future career in marketing.”

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Robert Stanberry taught about criminal justice and law-related careers. Dean of Distance Learning Mark Workman taught students about technology-related careers, and History Professor Wil Allbritton showed students the types of careers that can be obtained with a history degree. Distance & Community Education Coordinator Loraine Orellana gave a presentation on students taking a career interest inventory called Career Cruising that gives students more than 20 career possibilities.

Former Blinn student Wade Mozisek, now senior vice president at Fayette Savings Bank in La Grange, taught students about financial and business-related careers.

“I wanted to show the students that Blinn is a great college and a great place to start their education,” Mozisek said. “I wanted them to see the career possibilities with financial and business degrees.”

Blinn-Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training, and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information, call 979-627-7997 or visit www.blinn.edu/schulenburg.