Students explore study, career options

Destiny Ortiz

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Students trying to decide what is their next step after community college had the chance to explore their options at Transfer Option Day and Job Fair on campus.

Representatives from universities such as San Diego Christian College, University of Phoenix, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Azusa Pacific University, among others, attended the event on April 28.

Transfer Option Day is through the San Diego Education Consortium. It started April 12 at Imperial Valley College and ended at Mesa College on May 2.

Hawaii Pacific University was on hand. Betsie Rugg-Stassen, representative for HPU, has an office in North County and works with students looking to transfer from a community college.

“Most of our students come from all over the world. You could be sitting next to someone from Sweden in one of your classes,” Rugg-Stassen said.

She said many students from California transfer to HPU, which accepts transfer credits from California community colleges.

No one should fear the chance to move away from their comfort zone, she said. In Hawaii, only one-third of students come from the actual island, she added.

City College student Nestor Zavalza was still deciding what his next step would be.

“This is my first semester, and I took summer classes, so I’m in a good position to transfer but I still don’t know yet (what I’m going to do),” he said.

The job fair had representatives from companies such as SeaWorld, Marriott Hotels, Macy’s as well as a stand for the Army.

Marriott Representative Colleen Cooper had a list of jobs available for the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina and the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa.

“We’re willing to work with you if you’re a people person,” Cooper said, referring to whether experience was needed to work at the hotels.

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