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Grad shares career track: Pro ball & engineering
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Ryan Fisher, an East Union High product and current third base minor league prospect for the Florida Marlins, was among the Career Day presenters. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

If you do what you love it’s not work.

So says Ryan Fisher, a minor league baseball prospect for the Florida Marlins.

He was among the 15 Career Day presenters at Shasta School on Friday.

“I’ve known Ryan since he was knee high to a grasshopper,” said teacher and organizer Jacqueline Kron. “He’s been a role model for our community and also to my son (UC Riverside-bound Jordan Kron).”

Fisher is a 2006 graduate of East Union High. He attended UC Irvine while pursuing a degree in engineering but made the baseball team as a walk-on.

In 2010, he was selected by the Marlins in the 15th round of the amateur draft as a third baseman. Fisher credited hard work for his development as a player.

But it didn’t stop on the diamond. Fisher also earned a degree in civil engineering, enjoying the best of two worlds.

He continues his hard work during the off-season while gearing up to play Class AA in Jacksonville this year. Fisher hopes to make the Major League roster in another year or two. “Double-A (baseball) is usually a good measuring stick for any player,” he said.

Manteca Police Officer Will Mueller didn’t need college to make it in his chosen profession.

But it certainly helped.

He told that to a group of seventh-grade students. Mueller, who has a K-9 partner “Bear” – the 7-year-old German shepherd will retire later this year – earned his bachelor’s degree two years ago and is working towards completing his masters.

“I want to advance my career,” Mueller said on his reasons for pursuing higher education.

His colleague Mike Kelly was the Career Day keynote speaker. He attended Shasta years ago, according to Kron.

Other guests for the day included Mark Thornton (U.S. Navy), Tina Burch (nurse), Bailey West (Stockton Ports), Deanna Foster (vet technician), Paul La Valley (Heald College), Karl Knutsen (JROTC instructor, East Union), and San Joaquin County Office of Education’s WorkAbility job developers Judy Casetta, Tanya Shepherd and Laura Estrada, to name a few.

Kron praised those students who came dressed for success for Career Day.

“We had 92 percent (getting dressed up) for this year,” she said. “In the past, about 80 to 85 percent came dressed for the occasion.”

In addition, eighth-grade students were able to use Career Day for their third trimester II writing proficiency.

Kron also hopes that Career Day will help students take their future more seriously. “They have high school right around corner,” she said.