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1,400 Freshmen explore "STEM" Career Day

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ANDERSON, Calif. - 1,400 freshman from across the Northstate were at the Anderson Fairgrounds Friday where they got an up-close look at their future after high school.

The STEM Career Day is the fourth annual Ignite Opportunity event that hosted thirty-five schools, representing Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Plumas, Butte, Siskiyou, Lassen, and Modoc counties. "STEM" stands for science, technology, and mathematics. Professionals from each of these fields were at the event to answer questions and provide hands-on demonstrations.

However, the students were not only learning they were also giving their own insight as well.

Zoe Johnson, a freshman at Pace Academy in Redding, was challenging her friends to "get out there."

"Well right now a lot of kids are into social media and they're not really exploring their options and their future. So to show kids my age what they're capable of and what jobs are out there that might be best fit for them and their needs would really have a great outcome," said Johnson.

Johnson noted that she has a dream of becoming a renowned Italian chef.

Flight Nurse Carole Covey was at the event to inform students about air medical and the different opportunities that there are in the air medical industry, ranging from mechanics, to pilots, to medical crews.

Covey has always had a heart for helping people but never thought she'd be up in the air doing so. As students passed her booth she told them her biggest advice she has for young adults.

"If you're in high school trying to figure out what you want to do is just experiment with different things. If you're interested in the medical field, volunteer at a hospital. If you want to be a pilot, maybe you could get a job at one of the local airports sweeping the hangar floors, just to kind of immerse yourself."

Whatever they choose to do the focus of this event was to intrigue these young adults and offer direction.

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