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Blinn – Schulenburg CareerQuest shows eighth graders a world of possibilities

Third annual event gives 300 students a first-hand look at college, career options

May 12, 2014

Loraine OrellanaApproximately 300 eighth graders received a first-hand look at the programs Blinn College offers to help them reach their career goals at Blinn – Schulenburg’s third annual CareerQuest Friday.

Students from Schulenburg, La Grange, Flatonia and St. Rose Catholic middle schools attended various workshops that detailed what careers would be best for them based on their interests and explained various other career opportunities—such as math, science and agriculture—that they otherwise might not have known about.

The event is co-sponsored by the Texas Agrilife Extension Service, Blinn College and the Blinn – Schulenburg Student Government Association.

“It’s an amazing day to bring these kids in and help them learn about the many different careers they can choose from,” said Blinn – Schulenburg Director Becky Garlick. “It also introduces them to Blinn and how we can help them reach the career of their choosing.”

Blinn Math Instructor Randal Hoppens discussed how students can use math to design faster race cars; Hodde Center Director David Yeager explained the job skills and opportunities a student can receive, such as a certified nurse aide, medical office technician, a machinist or a welder; and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Kayla Kaspa stressed the importance of online safety and how social media can affect getting a job, even years down the road.

Students also took an online career assessment quiz that provided them with their top careers based on their interest.

With the passing of House Bill 5 during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, eighth graders must determine what career pathway they are going to take in high school so they can take classes geared toward that career rather than classes geared around a core curriculum.

“Now is more important than ever to get these young students thinking about their future,” Garlick said. “We’re proud to provide them with this opportunity.”

In addition to CareerQuest, Blinn – Schulenburg offers various community outreach programs, such as Kids College for fourth through eighth graders that focuses on science, technology and math; the “If I Had A Hammer” program, which teaches fifth graders mathematical concepts through construction projects. The College also hosts events for high school students along with “Star Parties,” where residents are invited to view constellations at the Schaefer Observatory on campus.

Blinn – Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. Registration is now available for Blinn’s Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.