The African American Studies Department of the Tucson Unified School District sponsors the African American Career Day on Friday, August 13, 2010 at Rincon High School in the library.
The incoming freshmen and their peer mentors identified career fields in which they were interested in pursuing. Christopher M. Golston, Mentor Program Specialist asked community professionals to spend an afternoon speaking with these students. “I hope that you will further inspire them to strongly continue and finish their educational career,” Golston said.
Some of the career fields students identified as taking an interest in included:
Neo-natal nurse, Nurse, News journalist, Chef, Doctor/Pediatrician/surgeon (heart), Lawyer, Sports Med, Forensic scientist/Forensic pathologist, medical examiner, Sketch artist, Systems Engineering, Primary teacher, Architect, Mechanical Engineering, Psychologist, Fireman, Musician (singer, “rap star”), Family & Marriage Therapist, Music Production, Wedding Planner, Fashion Designer, Computer Designer, Nutritionist, Cosmetologist, Probation officer, Public Relations/Advertisement, Biologist, Physical Therapist, Author, Veterinarian, Quantum Physicist, Military (Navy, Marines), Athletic Trainer, Athlete (basketball, football, baseball, etc.—or former)
The community responded and 25+ African American professionals attended to support the event. The professionals introduced themselves and gave background information about themselves; personal, educational and professional. In the breakout groups, they conversed with the students about struggles, highlights, experiences, etc. dealing with their chosen career field.
As many professionals stated in their presentation, the value of having such a forum and just being in the room with other professionals was a new experience for them and one the student should take advantage of.
The 57+ students in attendance, representing seven high schools, had the opportunity to ask questions and spend time with many of the professionals. The diverse set of skills, occupations and ages represented by the professionals gave a wide range of insight into education and life skills.
Lunch was provided and networking and socializing between the attendees continued.
The professionals promised to make themselves available to the students and the AASD and assist in the development and success of the students.
For more information contact:
Christopher M. Golston
Mentor Program Specialist
TUSD African American Studies Department