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Students given inside track on industrial careers
Ceres Unified School District held its first of two Careers In Manufacturing presentations on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Ceres High School.

Over 80 students attended the event, designed to connect graduating seniors with employers in Stanislaus County.

"We're letting the kids know about the different careers that are out there," said Mike Corsaut, career center learning director for CUSD.

Seniors Dina Mota, Fernando Garduno, Peter Lozano and Moises Quintana filed into Ceres High's student center just after 6 p.m. They signed in near the entrance.

"Mr. Corsaut came into our class and explained the good job opportunities that are out there," Mota said. "And it interested me. I wanted to see what there is."

"I need a job to put me through college," Garduno said. "If I can find a company that will pay for my career choice, I won't have to worry about money."

"I decided to come because I need a job," Lozano said. "I have nothing to do during the summer."

"It's something worth coming to," Quintana said.

"These are the kids that are serious," Corsaut said.

Representatives from Alliance WorkNet, Stanislaus Partners in Education, Modesto Junior College Career Technical Education and E.J. Gallo Winery provided valuable information during the two-hour gathering.

Qualified students seeking summer employment will fill out applications in March with help from Corsaut and Alliance NetWork workforce consultant Greg Gaudio.

Gallo, Frito Lay, Pepsi Bottling, Morningstar Foods and Hilmar Cheese have all filled positions in previous years thanks to CUSD's Careers In Manufacturing program.

Ceres Unified's second presentation was held yesterday inside Central Valley High School's cafeteria.

"Over 500 people showed up between the two sites (Ceres High and Central Valley) last year," Corsaut said. "About 120 students filled out applications. Thirty students were hired. We filled 30 percent of the jobs that were out there."