I CAN BE program offers freshmen professional mentorship

Henderson Chamber volunteers to visit three high schools this spring

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Henderson Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th annual Integrating Career Academies by Networking Business and Education (I CAN BE) program, a one-day event geared to help freshmen at three local high schools better plan for their future and achieve their goals.

The program will visit three Henderson-area high schools this spring. It will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Foothill High School, 800 College Drive; from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Silverado High School, 1650 Silver Hawk Ave; and 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday, April 16 at Basic Academy of International Studies High School, 400 Palo Verde Drive.

In connection with the event, an essay contest, sponsored by the Arnold Lopez Scholarship Fund, will award an iPad to one student from each school. Awards will be given once essays have been submitted and judged after the event. Arnold Lopez, who died last year, was the creator of the I CAN BE program.

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 will volunteer their time to speak and mentor approximately 800 participants during each event.

Volunteers will be split into 16 areas of career interest including agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, a/v 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.

Three to four volunteers will lead each group to give students one-on-one attention and mentorship.

“For 10 years, this program has been mentoring students and giving them real-world accounts of what it takes to make it in various careers of interest,” said Scott Muelrath, president and CEO of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. “This year, it’s a bittersweet anniversary as we are missing Arnold, but the partnership with the scholarship fund in his name assures his love for this program is still with us.”

Local professionals can show their support by mentoring students during the event. To download a volunteer form visit here.

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, voluntary organization committed to promoting and supporting member businesses and economic development.

For more information regarding the I CAN BE program, call the Henderson Chamber of Commerce at 702-565-8951, visit www.hendersonchamber.com or follow the event on social media (#ICANBE, #HCCevents).

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