Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 am
Porterville College will host its 12th annual High School Senior Day on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on the PC campus. The event was attended by 1300 area students last year, and PC is expecting almost 1500 students this year.
The event is free to attend for students and will showcase the programs and services offered by the college. Tamara Smee, program manager for PC’s Office of Instruction, hopes the event will help graduating seniors explore their many options after graduation.
“Having gone straight to a four-year university out of high school, I wish I had learned about the opportunities available at schools like PC to save money on student loan debt,” said Smee.
The day will begin with a student welcome in the gymnasium at 9:30 by Jim Carson, PC faculty member and emcee for the event. Two current PC students will also speak to students about their experiences at the college.
The featured speaker for the day will be Gabe Salazar, recognized as America’s premier latino youth speaker by Popular Hispanics magazine. He will share a powerful message of how he used education to overcome poverty and gang influences in his youth.
From 10:45 to 12:15, students will be free to visit booths and seminars offered by PC staff and community partners. The 23 booths in the campus quad will provide information about financial aid and student services, as well as PC’s other programs, clubs and activities.
The 15 seminars will showcase the different areas of study offered by the college, and will be led by PC faculty members and department heads. With seminar names like “It’s Not Rocket Science” by science chair Joel Wiens and “How to Speak Gooder” by James Compton from the PC communications department, the staff hope to demonstrate to the seniors what PC is all about while putting smiles on their faces.
“Our campus has a lot of deep ties to the community, and our faculty have a passion for helping young members of our community succeed and explore career opportunities for their future,” said Smee.
Representatives from local agencies will also assist in explaining the college’s career and technical education programs. Members of the Porterville Police Department and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand for the “Criminal Minds” seminar, which focuses on PC’s police academy program, and eight cadets and a fire trailer will be in attendance to promote the “Careers in Fire Services” seminar.
At 12:15 students will be asked to reconvene in the gymnasium for lunch and a special drawing. Students who attend three different seminars during the event will qualify for the chance to win one of ten prizes, seven of which are laptop computers.