7,000 Students Navigate Future Careers at Cal Expo

CareerGPS Presents a Full Spectrum of Job And Post High School Options For Regional Teens Wednesday & Thursday

Thousands of high school and middle school students from throughout the greater Sacramento region will converge on CalExpo for CareerGPS, where they will “navigate their future” in visits with 140 exhibitors in health care, technology, agriculture, energy, business, construction and more. Presented by NextEd – Education for the next economy — Career GPS is returning for a fifth year as the largest career exploration event for high school students in Northern California. CareerGPS will also feature several interactive displays that provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of professions as well as two presentations by student motivational speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton.

In partnership with Academic Innovations, Blanton visits high schools around the country to share his story of perseverance, commitment and ultimate triumph to help motivate students to follow their dreams. Many of the students who participate in Academic Innovations' various programs have difficulty opening up and expressing their fears, concerns and life goals, but Blanton, through his sensitivity and ability to relate, consistently helps students overcome educational barriers and believe in themselves.

September 30 –October 1, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., both days. Dain Blanton presentations: Wednesday, September 30, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Blanton is available for interviews prior to and following each presentation.

CalExpo, Expo Center, Buildings two, three, four, five, six, and seven

VISUALS: Students trying their hands at heavy equipment operation provided by Associated General Contractors, California Construction Education Foundation; SMUD sponsored exhibit allowing students to work on mock electrical poles; healthcare exhibit where Sutter Health faculty and student nurses will demonstrate clinical exercises on a mannequin, and many more interactive displays.

On site: Ashleigh Stayton, NextEd, 916-715-8462.