Preparing for the future (Erene Abdelmeseeh / Managing Editor)
By Lauren Garcia / Asst. News Editor
As the end of the fall semester nears, RCC students are not alone in their journey towards transferring to a four year college.
The Transfer and Career Center hosts a variety of workshops all year long to prepare and inform students about their majors as well as information to transfer to another college.
One of the workshops provided is called a career insight forum.
These forums discuss what the student’s career goals should be to be successful in their major.
The lowest amount of students that have attended one of the career insight forums was about 25 and the highest amount was about 126 per workshop.
Students are able to talk with experts in the field they choose and see what’s expected of them in the workplace said Clarissa Andrews, educational advisor.
These are people within our community that have been very successful,” Andrews said. “They inform students about what they have to go through and even the do’s and dont’s.”
The experts will also let the students know what is looked for in an interview and how much money they would make.
Facility insight tours are also offered which gets students up close and personal with the career of their choice to highlight their major.
“We try to go to a private college, a Cal State and a UC each semester,” Andrews said. “We really do a lot and we go everywhere.”
Take a criminal justice major for instance.
A field trip is planned to attend the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville, Jan. 29, 2010, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“With criminal justice, for example, the students are able to get down and dirty because there is so much the students can do in this field,” Andrews said. “They get deeply involved with their major.”
Every month a different major is highlighted for the students.
This year the Career Center has covered nursing, criminal justice, forensic science, early childhood studies, business and psychology.
They also have a resource entitled, “What can I do with a major in…”. This resource has a series of workshops within it.
It includes workshops that explain how the UC and Cal State systems work, how to fill out the application for both a UC and Cal State, how to write a personal statement essay for the application and how to write the essay necessary for scholarships.
After each workshop, students respond to questions pertaining to how they benefitted from that workshop or changes they thought should be made to the workshop.
As a whole, these workshops provide students with helpful information for students majors that emphasize management, marketing and entrepreneurship.
There has been a great student turnout for these workshops.
“There have been about 40 plus students attending each workshop,” said Briana Boykin, also an educational advisor.
“The amount of workshops offered this year has increased,” Andrews said.
In the duration of a school year there are three transfer fairs where over 50 university representatives attend.
Also once a year there is an event called Career Fest where over 100 career professionals attend as well.
All students are welcome to attend the workshops.
Whether or not you have decided on a major does not matter.
Each workshop will offer students insight into different options.
If you would like to see what the Career and Transfer center does and what they provide for the students, visit their section of the RCC Web site which provides information on workshops.