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Shasta conducts career day
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Tanya Shepherd of the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Special Education Local Plan Area interviews seventh- and eighth- grade students at the Shasta School Career Day event on Friday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Tanya Shepherd is with the Special Education Local Plan Area or SELPA.

For the past three years, she’s helped youngsters in junior high and high school find work made possible by this program of the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

Shepherd along with Laura Estrada work as job development coaches on Judy Casetta’s staff.

On Friday, SELPA met with seventh- and eighth- grade students at Shasta School, conducting mock interviews as part of Career Day.

“Volunteering is a good way to get work experience,” Shepherd said to her group.

Once in high school – many students here will attend Manteca High – she noted one way to go about finding volunteer opportunities is through the courses available at Manteca Unified’s Regional Occupational Program.

SELPA, which includes 10 school districts, also does its part, acting as a liaison between community resources and the needs of students.

Shepherd had her Shasta youngsters talk about their strength and weakness in the mock interview.

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” she asked.

According to Jackie Kron, who helped organize the latest edition of Career Day, students had a chance to think about the possibility of careers for the first time there since 1998.

Students were urged to dress for success and take notes.

Kron indicated that the notes would be a necessary part for the Passport to College program, with Career Day serving as the research project necessary to fulfill writing proficiency requirements.

Shasta students had a chance to gather a wide variety of information. The Career Day guest list included East Union High product and Oakland Athletic pitching prospect Justin Friends; Sheriff Deputy David Green; NASA scientist and engineer Gary French; and computer programmer Glenn Kuhn.