LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Union High School District on Thursday hosted its 25th annual Salute to Youth: The Career Connection, an event designed to introduce local students to a variety of career and higher education opportunities.
Approximately 2,000 middle and ninth-grade students from throughout the Antelope Valley attended the event, which took place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the AV Fairgrounds, according to organizers.
The AV Career Prep Council, along with local business, industry and government leaders, brought together exhibitors who provided hands-on demonstrations and displays designed to excite students about entry, technical and professional level jobs, organizers said.
Industries represented included:
- Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Arts, Media & Entertainment
- Building Trades & Construction
- Business & Finance
- Education, Child Development & Family Service
- Energy, Environment & Utilities
- Engineering & Architecture
- Fashion & Interiors
- Health Science & Medical Technology
- Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation
- Information & Communications Technology
- Manufacturing & Product Development
- Marketing, Sales & Service
- Public Services
- Transportation & Logistics
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Edwards Air Force Base, Kaiser Permanente and Antelope Valley Hospital were among the participating organizations, organizers said.
“Salute to Youth gives students the opportunity to talk to professionals, from a NASA flight test pilots to U.S. Air Force engineers to make-up artists, teachers and medical [professionals]… Representatives join together to teach students about what they do and how they got to the jobs they are currently in,” stated Diane Walker, Director of Industry Liaison and Post-Secondary Partnerships for the Antelope Valley Union High School District. “The event makes students aware of the various career possibilities and excites them for the future, helping to prepare them for college and career.”