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Sinclear students learn about careers
Goats, a bulletproof SWAT truck, a big-rig tractor, guide dog and musical instruments all were among the tangible products and tools of trades that were used to educate Sinclear Elementary School students about careers on May 4.

A number of occupations were represented at the Career Day, which involved students rotating through four sessions.

KCRA-3 TV newscaster Janet O stopped by and spoke about broadcast journalism and brought along a cameraman to put the students on that evening's newscast.

Central Valley High School ag teacher Heather Adney dropped in with students and their animals to educate students about careers in agriculture.

Glen Carrillo of Ceres brought to the campus his 20,000-pound International tractor owned by DOT Foods. He offered kids a treat and explained how he was taught trucking by his late father. The president of the Central Valley High School Athletic Boosters explained that he has driven for DOT for 19 years and makes one to seven stops a day depending on load size. He allowed students to check out the large blue truck, explaining that the typical truck has a life of eight to 10 years.

Speakers included Sgt. Trenton Johnson of Ceres Police Department, Mike Duran of Ceres Karate, Animal Services Officer Robbie Clifton, CIA agent Jim Holden, pharmacist Sonia Sahi, architect Ted Brandvold, Aquatic Dreams manager and scuba diver Steven Riddle, Mayor Chris Vierra, forensic police investigator Michele Houston, guide dog trainer Jim Russell, Glaze Donut shop owner Hellen Vath, tow truck business operator Duane Thompson, Turlock Mosquito Abatement vector biologist Monica Patterson and Ceres Fire Captain Eric Holly with a fire engine.

Other guests will include a veterinarian, a Stanislaus National Forest ranger, a hair stylist, a nail manicurist, a Lifetouch studio photographer, a chef, Vice President of Operations for Frozen Herbs Tom McGovern, special effects and make-up artist Jerry Morgan and Table for Five musicians.

Students also were able to check out the Ceres SWAT team's armored truck, a Ceres patrol car, a mobile cupcake retailer and an AMR ambulance.