Every year Civicorps puts on an Annual College and Career Fair in order to expose our students to different college and career opportunities in high-demand industries in Oakland.
This year, we invited representatives from: Laney College, University of California at Berkeley, Tech Exchange, Centro Legal, The Town Kitchen, US Army, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
“It was important for me to find people to talk about their passions, why they chose their career path, and what kind of education requirements they needed to get there,” said Matt Norona, Career Counselor. “We wanted students to be able to have small, intimate conversations with someone actually in the field they might be interested in.”
Civicorps alum, Bradon, kicked off the fair by talking about how he leveraged his Civicorps training to secure a career with Alameda County Public Works Agency. Bradon’s supervisor, Henry, attended the fair and was moved to speak about the value of a Civicorps education.
“I have to shout out the importance of this program – the importance of having Civicorps on your resume – that makes a difference,” said Henry. “Keep moving forward. Get all the training and certificates that you can. On paper, Bradon was the ideal candidate because of Civicorps.”
Throughout the day, students navigated through small group discussions in classrooms with the college and career representatives and had the opportunity to ask questions and exchange contact information.
Students earned raffle tickets for attending the presentations and for dressing in professional attire. At the end of the fair, a drawing was held and two students won brand new Chromebook computers, while four others received gift cards and college-branded hoodies.
“I never really thought I could go to UC Berkeley,” said one student, “but now that I know that other people with hardships like me have gone there – that’s where I want to go.”
Check out the highlight reel below!