On Friday, November 7, 2014, a group of about forty Cloud & Fire students, accompanied by staff and volunteers, attended Los Angeles Mission College (LMC) and CTE Transitions’ “Focus on Careers” Day. The event gathered high school students from local high schools to offer them a wealth of information on life after high school and particularly at LMC. Students viewed presentations from the Multimedia, Culinary Arts, Child Development, Administration of Justice, Computer Applications and Office Technology, and Business departments. Each of the featured departments touched on offered degrees and/or certificates, classes, and what skills students can expect to gain. After the presentations, students visited the Student Services and Careers Fair, took a campus tour and heard a presentation on financial aid. Cloud & Fire students were shown the major departments on campus like the Business Office, Transfer Center/Teacher Pathway Office, Student Health Center, Student Services Annex which houses the EOP&S, Financial Aid, Counseling and Admissions offices, and the Eagles Landing Bookstore. The tour touched on a total of fourteen campus locations and at each location students were given the opportunity to ask questions.
Upon the completion of the tour, students were guided to the Student Services and Careers Fair where the departments had set up tables with information and staff members were ready to answer questions. There were also tables with information on Financial Aid, Disabled Students Programs, and Outreach and Recruitment. The Administration of Justice department gave demonstrations in fingerprinting, allowing students to touch a white plastic tray and then use magnetic dust and fingerprint tape to dust and collect their fingerprint. The Culinary department had chefs cutting and carving fruit and vegetables into beautiful flower centerpieces. The event ended with a presentation on financial aid. The presentation touched on the different types of aid students can receive, the importance of filing the fasfa, what information colleges look at when determining a student’s financial need, as well as what sites are great resources for navigating through the financial aid process. Students asked questions about how often they needed to apply, what the award money can be used on, what happens if they accept award money and then can’t go to school for a semester among others. Many Cloud & Fire students felt that they received a lot of good information.
Tony C., one of the students in attendance, said he was really inspired by the Multimedia department specifically videography. He was really excited to find out that he could take classes and learn more about the film-making process. Vicky N., another student that attended, also discussed her interest in the Multimedia department as she has an interest in photography. She was surprised to have something at the event that interested her because at first she wasn’t sure she would find something to pursue. Some expressed that although they’ll likely attend school elsewhere, the school offered a general idea of what to expect from other colleges and gave them insight as to what to look for in the future. Many really found the financial aid presentation the most helpful as paying for higher education can be overwhelming. Before heading back students gathered for a giant group photo (shown above). To view pictures from our trip checkout our Facebook page!