Program introduces freshmen to careers, helps them plan classes to fit their goals
HENDERSON, Nev. – The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking members of the business community to take part in its annual I CAN BE (“Integrating Career Academies by Networking Business and Education”) program, a one-day event geared to help local freshmen better plan for their future and achieve their goals.
This year the program will take place at three local high schools: Foothill High School, 800 College Drive, Wednesday, Feb. 10, and at Silverado High School, 1650 Silver Hawk Ave., Wednesday, March 16; and Basic High School, 400 N. Palo Verde, Wednesday, April 20. The program is set to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all three schools.
Launched by the Henderson Chamber’s Events Committee and Foothill High School, the I CAN BE program is provided to ninth-graders with the purpose of helping them select classes that line up with their future career goals.
Sponsored by Barclaycard, Barrick Gold, NV Energy, Nevada State Bank, Sunset Station and Tronox, the event is free for students, who will learn which high school courses best suit their long-term, professional goals. Chamber members from the business community also will volunteer their time to speak and mentor approximately 700 participants during each event.
“We host these events each year with the goal of growing Nevada’s economy,” said Scott Muelrath, president and CEO of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. “The more educated our workforce becomes, the more incentive it is for businesses to relocate or expand to Nevada.”
Students will be split into 16 areas of interest including agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, audio/visual technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; finance; government and public administration; health science; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; marketing; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and transportation, distribution and logistics.
The chamber is seeking 48 to 64 volunteers per event to represent each of the occupational career clusters, as three to four volunteers will lead each group to give students one-on-one attention and mentorship.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, professional organization committed to promoting and supporting member businesses.
For more information or to volunteer for or sponsor the program, call the Henderson Chamber of Commerce at 702-565-8951 or visit hendersonchamber.com.