Coachella Valley, Blythe Students Get Valuable Experience at College Voc-Tech Night
INDIO – More than 2,500 high school students attended a college and career fair in Indio to help plan for their futures beyond high school, including 110 students from Blythe who attended for the first time.
“It was an amazing experience and I learned of so many opportunities that I didn’t know existed,” said Alana Soria, a senior at Palo Verde High School. “I’m glad I got the chance to go.”
The 29th Annual College Voc-Tech Night had representatives from more than 80 four-year universities, community colleges, vocational-technical schools, the military, law enforcement and scholarship organizations. The event was held Oct. 15 in the Fullenwider Auditorium at the Riverside County Fairgrounds.
“Having sponsored this event at the county fairgrounds for many years, I knew it would be an incredible experience for Blythe students to be there, visit the booths and learn of financial aid and scholarship opportunities,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I was very proud to make this opportunity available to them, and I definitely hope to build on this effort in the future.”
This year, Supervisor Benoit made bus rides available from Palo Verde High School in Blythe to Indio for the College Voc-Tech Night, including members of the supervisor’s Youth Advisory Council in Blythe.
The Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. Foundation partnered with Supervisor Benoit’s office to contribute $500 for bus transportation. Other partnering organizations included the Regional Access Project Foundation, CVEP Pathways to Success and the Isabel Rodriguez Scholarship.
“A big thank you,” said Alexis Morales, a senior at Palo Verde High School. “It’s nice to see good people helping a small community and helping us find the right school.”