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Shea Johnson, Desert Dispatch
Two students look over information from Humboldt State University's reserved booth at the College and Job Fair, hosted by Barstow Community College on Thursday.

BCC fair brings mix of schools, employers


BARSTOW • The annual College and Job Fair at Barstow Community College brought in a mix of schools and employers Thursday, hopeful it would attract those either in pursuit of higher education or more interested in making immediate use of learned vocational skills.

“Exposure is the key,” said Maureen Stokes, BCC spokeswoman.

Approximately 200 high school students from Barstow, Silver Valley, Baker and Lucerne Valley had signed in at the event, according to Samera Kabir, a Transfer and Career Center specialist at BCC.

Another 100 students present were enrolled at BCC. The remainder of event-goers were from the general public, Kabir said.

“This year, we had a big turnout,” she said. “We had five CSU schools and four UC schools. Last year, we didn’t have that many.”

While representatives from schools in both systems reserved booths, as did private colleges, a fair amount of employers also were on hand.

Employers included law enforcement and military agencies, Walmart, Home Depot, Desert Community and Union banks and Mary Kay.

Mary Kay was invited to cater to students or prospective students of BCC’s cosmetology program, Kabir said.

The fair, hosted by BCC’s Transfer and Career Center, aligned with the introduction of CareerFocus, a free new publication by the college.

“It really highlights some of the Career Technical Education programs we have,” Stokes said.

According to Stokes, the annual magazine signals a departure from past years, when the college mailed only schedules of class offerings.

In the inaugural issue, BCC President Deborah DiThomas writes, “This publication is full of important information about careers, vocational and contract training, life-long learning and general education opportunities offered to you through Barstow College.”

The College and Job Fair ran from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the James R. Parks Gymnasium. A series of workshops were held concurrently in classrooms.

Shea Johnson can be reached at or 760-256-4126.

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