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3,000 Pasadena ISD Students Connect with Hundreds of Local Business Reps at JA Inspire

3,000 Pasadena ISD Students Connect with Hundreds of Local Business Reps at JA Inspire
Posted on 02/05/2015
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Over 8,300 eighth grade students poured into the Pasadena Convention Center bright and early to get a lesson in career planning at the Junior Achievement job fair of Southeast Texas.

Considered one of Houston’s largest networking events, the three-day fair welcomed students from several school districts including Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Sheldon and Pasadena. Students mingled with business representatives from hundreds of companies in Southeast Texas including LyondellBasell, Chevron Phillips, BP, San Jacinto College, Quanta Services, Dow, Sectra Energy and CP Chem.

About 3,000 district students had a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and explore various career pathways and educational options.

“I think this is a good event because I am able to talk to people in the profession I plan to work in,” Park View Intermediate student, Ryan Domingo said after adding his name to a sign-up sheet at the Chevron table.

The event was broken up into three parts involving industry presentations, career stations, a soft-skills play and display tables showcasing the growing demand in local jobs that align with high school endorsement tracks. Those endorsements include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry; Public Services; and Arts and Humanities. The goal of the event was to inspire students to make informed decisions about their future.

“This was a great opportunity to expose our students to careers and industries across Houston and the gulf coast area,” Troy McCarley, Pasadena ISD associate superintendent said. “We greatly appreciate all the sponsors and everybody involved for helping our students receive this hands-on field trip expanding their knowledge and understanding of various careers.”

LyondellBasell plant manager Todd Monette left students with an inspiring message to encourage them to be proactive about career planning.

“Stay focused, work hard and look at the opportunities in front of you at our company and many more in the area,” Monette said to the crowd. “This is your future. Work hard to achieve your dreams.”

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Students brave the cold weather to get a jump start on planning their careers.

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LyondellBasell plant manager delivers an inspiring speech about planning for the future in front of 3,000 Pasadena ISD students at the Junior Achievement career fair of Southeast Texas.

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Danira Garcia, 19, was the keynote speaker for the first day of the event. The accountant encourgaed students to start planning for the future.

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San Jacinto College partnered with JA Inspire. Campus reps. put on a presentation for students.

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Ludith Gonzalez, San Jacinto J.P. Morgan Chase coordinator, talked to students about what career options in the area.

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Park View Intermediate eighth grade students Cesar Perez, Lois Martinez and Brandon Trevino visit with Chevron representatives to at JA Inspire. They received free shades and took a picture at Chevron’s head cut out photo station.  

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Technip employee Tatiana Stein talks to Park View Intermediate student Ryan Domingo about his future.

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