Omaha, Neb., February 12, 2019 – High school students in the Latino Center of the Midlands’ (LCM) Pathways to Success program engaged in a variety of career exploration activities at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) on Tuesday, February 12 as part of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s annual Careerockit initiative.
Careerockit is a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber and is supported by community partners. It joins the business and community sectors to help meet current and future talent needs. The LCM partnered with MCC to host businesses and universities across the Omaha Metro and Lincoln in a career exploration fair for students.
Along with a career fair, students heard from five panelists in an array of careers. The five panelists included Maya Saenz from KMTV, Senator Tony Vargas, Officer Nora Mujica, Fire Captain Antonio Lara, and Dr. Thomas Sanchez from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Panelists shared pieces of advice and their story with students. After hearing from their stories, the students asked questions about hardships and their experiences in college and in their careers.
Parents were also encouraged to learn more about future career opportunities for their children. While students engaged with the five panelists, parents were sent into a separate room to listen to seven panelists from business and universities to discuss opportunities for their children.
“We decided to change it to a career fair, kind of like a conference, this year, so that students could explore a campus and careers that are essentially in their backyard,” said Carmen Chagolla, Pathways to Success Program Manager at the Latino Center of the Midlands. “This also allows families to learn more about the opportunities their children have since we provide a panel for parents too. Sometimes our families lack information that could help them find the best opportunities and nights like this are what can help them become informed.”
Careerockit will offer thousands of career experiences to students across Omaha from February 11 – 17. Students who attended the Careerockit experience at MCC had their names entered in a drawing for a Chromebook and other prizes.
About Latino Center of the Midlands:
Located in the heart of South Omaha, the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) is one of the oldest and most respected Latino-serving, community-based organizations in Nebraska. In 2015, the LCM celebrated its 45th anniversary. Initially called the Chicano Awareness Center, the vision of the Latino Center of the Midlands is to empower youth and families through education and awareness to build a stronger and more engaged community. Program areas include Adult Basic Education, Family & Community Well-Being, and Pathways to Success. The Latino Center of the Midlands relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, private foundations and government grants to provide these programs and services in the community. To learn more, visit them online at www.latinocenter.org and follow them on social media via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.