Career and College Fair at Diego Valley Charter High School

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On April 29, 2016, Project Cornerstone had the pleasure of participating in the Career and College Fair at Diego Valley Charter School in El Cajon, CA.  High school students attended the event to learn about possible career paths and higher education opportunities.

Photo by Alyssa Burley.

Photo by Alyssa Burley.

Project Cornerstone's Construction Aggregates booth was highly popular among the students.  Many of them didn't know what construction aggregates were when they first walked up to the booth.  However, by the time they left, they were saying things like, "wow, I never thought about this as a career."  Others commented how they thought "this industry is really cool!"

Students learned about the various careers from heavy equipment operator, to engineers, geologist, lab technicians and more.

Project Cornerstone looks forward to participating in future career and college fairs at Diego Valley Charter.  

Career Day at Mountain Empire High School

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On March 11, 2016, the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce hosted Career Day at Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley, CA.  Along with the high school students, sixth, seventh, and eight grade students from Campo, Descanso, Jacumba, Pine Valley and Potrero also attended the event.

After an inspirational speech from former National Football League middle linebacker Chris Washington, students visited booths presented by 22 companies in a wide-range of industries.  Students were encouraged to ask questions about the industries and possible careers options.

Visitors to the Project Cornerstone booth learned about the local construction aggregates industry, various careers, education and training requirements, and the science behind concrete.  Plus, students made their own concrete stars to take home.  Project Cornerstone's Alyssa Burley and Jamie Metivier were there to answer questions and lead the students through the concrete activity.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.

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Carreer Day at Joan MacQueen Middle School

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On February 18, 2016, the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce hosted Career Day at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine, CA.

Project Cornerstone was invited to give the keynote speech to the entire sixth grade about careers in the local construction aggregates industry.  Alyssa Burley spoke about various careers and the required education for those jobs.  She also emphasized the importance of doing well in math and science.  The San Diego County Rangers spoke to the seventh and eight grade students about careers in the county parks.

In addition to speaking to the sixth grade students, Project Cornerstone taught the sixth, seventh, and eight grade students about the industry at its booth.  Nearly 100 students made their own concrete stars, which they were able to take home.  Students were encouraged to ask questions about the industry and its careers.

After the event, students were required to share the information they learned about various careers with their families.

Photo by Alyssa Burley

Photo by Alyssa Burley

Photo by Pene Manale of  Manale Media & Design

Photo by Pene Manale of Manale Media & Design

Career Day with Students from Mountian Empire Unified School District

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Alyssa Burley from Project Cornerstone, along with Warren Coalson and James DeCarolis from EnviroMINE, Inc., participated in Career Day held at Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley, CA.  The event was sponsored by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce in an effort enlighten students about future career opportunities.

Six hundred and fifty students from Campo Elementary School, Pine Valley Middle School, Potrero Elementary School and Mountain Empire High School attended the event.  

Project Cornerstone's booth at Mountain Empire High School Career Day.

Project Cornerstone's booth at Mountain Empire High School Career Day.

Ed Hidalgo speaking to 200 middle school students.

Ed Hidalgo speaking to 200 middle school students.

Motivational speaker and Senior Director of Staffing at Qualcomm, Ed Hidalgo, spoke to the students about the importance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and discussed Qualcomm's Thinkabit Lab.  The Lab is "a creative meeting space where imagination, engineering and art come together to provide students a hands-on experience working with technology," according to the lab's Twitter profile.

After Mr. Hildalgo's speech, students were free to visit with exhibitors in the school's gym.  They had the opportunity to meet with Project Cornerstone, bankers, the highway patrol and border patrol, a dentist, various colleges, paramedics, firemen, helicopter pilots, many other industry representatives.

The Project Cornerstone booth was a success.  Students asked questions about the local construction aggregates industry, careers and educational requirements for various jobs.  They enjoyed the hands-on booth where they could touch construction aggregates and hold pieces of concrete and asphalt.

Construction aggregate samples and industry facts displayed in the Project Cornerstone Career Day booth.

Construction aggregate samples and industry facts displayed in the Project Cornerstone Career Day booth.

Warren Coalson and James DeCarolis speaking to high school students about careers in construction aggregates.

Warren Coalson and James DeCarolis speaking to high school students about careers in construction aggregates.

Call for Volunteers: Career Day at Mountain Empire High School

Project Cornerstone is looking for volunteers from the construction aggregates (and related) industries to participate in Career Day at Mountain Empire High School.

The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce has requested that Project Cornerstone provide information about the construction aggregates industry at its Career Day on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  It will be an all day event; the exact times have not yet been released.

The Career Day will introduce 200 middle school students from Pine Valley Middle School and 400 high school students from Mountain Empire High School to various career paths and industries.  Ed Hidalgo, the Senior Director of Staffing at Qualcomm, has just agreed to be the event’s motivational speaker.

Project Cornerstone will have a booth with information about the construction aggregates industry and career options.  Students will filter through the booths and ask questions about the industries.  It will have a greater impact on the students if we have volunteers from the local industry (e.g., quarry operators, aggregate drivers and heavy equipment operators) be there to answer specific questions about what it’s like to work in the industry.

If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Alyssa Burley at (619) 284-8515 or alyssa@project-cornerstone.org .

EVENT DETAILS
Event: Career Day at Mountain Empire High School
Keynote Speaker: Ed Hidalgo, Senior Director of Staffing at Qualcomm
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Location: Mountain Empire High School
3305 Buckman Springs Road Pine Valley, CA 91962