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Career day on Friday for Shasta students
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Career Day is designed to plant the seed into youngsters to think about the future.

At Shasta School, students there will have a chance to do just that at the annual event planned for Friday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The keynote speaker is Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford. He’s scheduled to chat with seventh- and eighth- grade students from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m.

Career Day was first introduced at Shasta in 2000, but with only three such events held in the past decade. According to organizer Jacqueline Kron, it was difficult to schedule Career Day particularly with Manteca Unified’s focus being that of Standardized Testing and Reporting and tutoring programs.

“Last year, I brought it back with the support of the junior high staff,” she said. “Now, with the (district) focus on career clusters for high school, Shasta is preparing students toward a career path by providing guidance in career exploration and awareness.”

Other guest speakers include:

•Captain Charlie Goeken of the Manteca Police Department.

•NASA engineer Gary French.

•Billie Benson, a nurse from Doctors Hospital of Manteca.

•Tom Dillon, retail sales director of the Manteca Walgreens.

•San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Judy Casetta, Laura Estrada and Tanya Shepherd, who are job developers / coaches.

•Pilot Norm Knodt.

•Chris Kohl, who is an automotive technician at Precision Auto.

•Glenda Windham from Dior Cosmetology.

•Professional chef Andrew Griggs.

Manteca firefighters will also be on hand to talk about their job duties.

In addition, Helen Jackson, Rachel Strimska, Rosemarie Craighead, Stacee Wescott, Kathy Ruble, and Amanda Sephos will be on hand to help out with Career Day.