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By Toni DeRosa
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Students, parents see future at Career Fair


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Field Representative for Assemblyman Rudy Salas Michelle Garcia, Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia and Legal Aid Ana Escalante Vigil attended the career fair.

Students and parents spent two evenings at Wasco High School with end-of-the-year events.

Monday was the school's annual incoming freshman registration and Tuesday, was a Career Fair.

Many people showed up for the fair. Booths were set up around the perimeter of outside behind the cafeteria , where there were free tacos.

In preparing for the Career Fair, several local employers and schools set up tables and decorated their space. Along with the booths, many had a giveaway for each guest.

Independence High School distributed the summer and fall classes to be offered through Bakersfield College at the Independence campus.

Representatives from the Farmworker Institute for Education and Leadership Development were available to answer any questions about their programs, created for low-income areas where training is needed in certain areas such as AC/HVAC systems, wind turbines, etc.

"We are an outreach source," Rodriguez said. "We try to recruit people."

Assembly member from the 32nd District Rep. Rudy Salas was represented by Principal Field Representative Michelle Garcia.

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Attending the career fair from Independence High were Adult Education Coordinator Marleni Flores Maston and graduating senior Mauro Pacheco.

Several people approached the newspaper's booth and filled out a slip of paper with their name and phone number for a drawing, which took place on Wednesday morning. The winner of the Starbucks gift card and six-month subscription to the [BEGIN ITAL]Wasco Tribune[END ITAL] was Leticia Figueroa of Wasco. In addition to the meal being served, Wasco High's band provided music throughout the event.

California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Roberto Rodriguez and CHP volunteer Mary Mattson provided information on employment with the CHP.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office was well represented by three Detention Deputies, D. Briggs, J. Dillard and J. Montes and Communications Supervisor Ashley Moore. "We have participated in this career fair a couple of times," Moore said.

Natalie Guerrero expressed an interest in either creating a newspaper or bringing back the newspaper at the high school. "I love to write," Guerrero said.

The City of Wasco was represented with the city manager, planning assistant and Human Resource employees manning the table. "We had a lot of inquiries about jobs with the city," City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said. "It was a good response."


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