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BCC student speaks at conference
SAN BERNARDINO • A career-technical education student at Barstow Community College was one of two student speakers at the sixth annual Counselor Conclave.
The event was held noon Thursday at the San Bernardino Hilton, drawing nearly 300 counselors from the Inland Empire who were there to learn, among other things, job growth trends and their relationship to career technical education.
Katherine Vargas, president of BCC’s Career Technical Education Club, was joined by a student at Pacific High. They told counselors about how their educational and career paths were shaped by programs they started in high school, according to a San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools news release.
A locally offered program is BCC’s Career Academy, launched this spring at the college’s 1501 S. State St. facility.
Targeting junior high and high school students, the academy enables pre-college students to take vocational trade courses for concurrent college credit.
Vargas spoke with the Desert Dispatch in April while in the academy’s automotive class.
She told counselors Thursday it was important that students find something they believe they can do and thrive doing, according to the news release.
“I can change brake pads,” she said. “I can change your oil. I can change the axles off your car.”
The Counselor Conclave was sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Barstow, Chaffey, Mount San Jacinto, Riverside and San Bernardino colleges were represented at the event.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.