College & Career Events Weekly Newsletter Issue 6- 10/30/20

Join us next Wednesday for our VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR!

Chiawana HS is hosting our 2nd Virtual College Fair on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Click the button below to view the schedule of colleges and technical schools presenting:

HALLOWEEN is almost here!

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans spend over $9 billion on all things Halloween.

In this issue, we will look the jobs and careers related to this seasonal holiday.

Spirit Halloween Employee

Did you know? There are 641 Spirit Halloween stores globally that employ over 5000 employees. In 2018, Spirit Halloween reported $59 million in revenue (www.dnb.com).

If you like candy...

Candy makers, or confectioners, make an average annual wage of $29,720, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Candy companies offer a variety of positions. Among those hiring on Monster right now: See’s Candies, The Hershey Company and Mars, to name a few. Not to mention, if you have the willpower not to eat all of the stock, you could also work in a candy store.

Check out the video below to see how See Candies are made at their warehouse:

Video direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5St03dAHoo

If you like CREEPY CRAWLIES...

Bats can get a bad rap at Halloween time. Bats help maintain healthy ecosystems and are important pieces of the puzzle for our natural spaces, including national parks. With threats like habitat loss, wind energy turbines, and white-nose syndrome, researchers and wildlife managers spend time and resources learning more about bats on park lands. This information is studied and is necessary to determine the best ways to protect and manage bats in national parks. Click the video below to learn some Phenomenal Bat traits:

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPhA82ccg9E&feature=emb_logo

As costumes or decorations, insects are a common theme at Halloween.

More than 900,000 species of insects and arachnids are found around the world. Entomology is the study of insects, including their relationships with other animals, their environments, and human beings. Entomological research can also give us broader insights into ecology, evolution, and social behavior. Check out the video below to learn more about what an Entomologist does:

Video: Why Entomology? (It is the study of insects FYI)

Video direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTZcBG8Hs8A&feature=emb_logo

If you love jack-o- lanterns...

Carving pumpkins in preparation for the big night is perhaps one of the greatest Halloween traditions. If you’re skilled with a knife, a job as carver might be up your alley. Of course, if you aren’t picky about what you’re taking a knife to, there are also plenty of meat carving jobs. Check out the video below on one of America's Most Famous Butchers- Pat LaFrieda, Jr.

Video: Behind the Scenes At America's Most Famous Butcher

Video Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFi_nfnN6gQ&feature=emb_logo

Maybe you are into technology or robotics, and would like to become an Animatronic Engineer. Animatronic Engineers create robotic devices that are designed to take on the characteristics of animals or imaginary creatures, most often used in the film and amusement park industries. Technology and art come together in this profession to create some truly awe inspiring creatures! Check out the video below to see an animatronic factory in action:

Video: Inside the Factory Where Robotic Dinosaurs Come to Life

Video Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLbkFyfXXl4

Regardless of your carving or technological abilities, pumpkins are a vital component to Halloween. Pumpkin patches open to the public during the fall and need seasonal workers to help with demands, and farms—of all kinds—need workers, especially now that it’s harvest season.

Watch video below about Pumpkin Farming:

Video Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DytG4t3ayMQ

If you love dressing up in costumes…

Oct. 31 is the one day of the year where you can be whatever you want to be, whether it’s a ghoul, creepy nurse or character from your favorite movie. But if one day isn’t enough, you might want to consider a job where it’s not just acceptable, but encouraged to play dress up.

Brush up on your scare tactics because haunted houses hire for seasonal actors. Even big name amusement parks like Six Flags and Universal Studios for example, are making hires for frightening character actors for Halloween themed attractions.

For those who like to make their own costumes, you should consider a career in fashion as a designer or costume designer. For seasonal or part-time employment, you could work in a costume shop (like Spirit Halloween) and help other people find the best Halloween disguise. Check out the video below to see what life is like as a big time costumer designer:

Video- WICKED Costumes: Wardrobe Maintenance

Video Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u5lcCkYznY&feature=emb_logo

If you’ve ever spent hours trying to recreate the look of a witch’s green skin, you might want to think about making a career out of it as a professional makeup artist.

Makeup artists can work at theaters, salons, or spas and typically bring in an average annual wage of $64,250, per BLS data. Your passion for cosmetology could also land you a job right where the magic happens, at a cosmetic company like Sephora or Estée Lauder.

Check out the video below to watch professional makeup artists prepare for a day of filming with the character, Yondu, from Guardians of the Galaxy:

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lr9FNXTEqQ

Do you like working with your hands?

Discover a career as a Sheet Metal Worker.

Local 55 is NOW accepting applications for the Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Program. Click link below for contact information and program brochure:

The Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Program is dedicated to developing and delivering the training to educate the members of the Sheet Metal Workers Local #55 and the Inland Empire Contractors Association. Our goal is to provide the Sheet Metal Construction Industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible.

Sheet Metal Workers perform architectural sheet metal work, fabrication, installation, and service of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, rail work and more.

Watch the video below on being a Sheet Metal Worker:

Video Direct Link-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgMNCLHxH_g&feature=emb_logo

Open a new student account with GESA and earn $100.00

Active enrollment from now until December 31

Students accounts can be opened at online at gesaa.com CLCIK HERE

For more information CLICK HERE for the flyer from GESA.

SOAR at Seattle University

2020 Virtual Fall Preview, Saturday, November 7th

We invite you and your family to join faculty, staff and students to learn more about Seattle University at our Virtual Fall Preview!

Workshops include:

  • Applying to Seattle U
  • Living On Campus
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Redhawk Student Panel
  • Live Student-Led Campus Tour
  • RSVP online HERE

Video: Take an Ariel Tour of Seattle University

Video Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kb8suaN5j0

interested in a military career?

Answer some questions below and learn what military careers you prefer:

What testing do I need to enter the Military?

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a heavily researched and well-respected aptitude test developed by the Department of Defense. It measures a young adult’s strengths and potential for success in military training.

Video: Explaining the ASVAB test

Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TimEWY-XcKM&feature=emb_logo

Chat with UW MAPS

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday Nov 11, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students

Come talk to pre-health students from underrepresented backgrounds and get great advice on applying to UW. You can get your questions or concerns answered from students who are excited to help you. It would be a great way to get some words of advice on college essays, tips on course planning for high school, and learn more about amazing programs such as STARS and GenOM Project that are for incoming freshman. Hope to see you there!

Click HERE for Flyer

Zoom information HERE - same Zoom link for My Future Wednesday!

Interested in a job in Forestry this summer?

The Umatilla National Forest is seeking interested students to apply for upcoming 2021 summer forestry positions in fire fighting and natural resources (must be 18 by summer).

Click HERE for more information

Video: The Heart of a Fire Fighter

Video Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqk7zV6NUZ0&feature=emb_logo

University of Idaho

High School Design Days, Saturday, November 7, 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Experience student life as an emerging designer at the University of Idaho! Join us for a day of hands-on design workshops taught virtually by our expert faculty. High School Design Day is FREE and open to students in grades 9-12.

You will begin the day making a digital mood board–a visual brainstorming and communication tool that incorporates images, colors and textures. Design professionals use these boards when meeting with real-world clients about proposed projects. Using the free online tool Advanced PIXLR E and following along with our instructors, you will gather images from the web and collage them together.

You will round out their day in one of the following workshops, when they use their mood boards to influence their second design:

  • Architecture
  • Art & Design
  • Interior Architecture & Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Virtual Technology & Design

Register for Design Days HERE

Video: Learn about the College of Art & Architecture

Video direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4psY81VMuI


The sooner you apply, the more $$ you may be eligible for at a college or technical school.

In Washington, there are two different applications for financial aid, but you only need to file one:

File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Click Here

File the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) if you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status. Click Here

You do not need to know whether or where you plan to go to school or what programs you might be interested in to file for financial aid.

Need help or have questions about completing your FAFSA or WAFSA? Contact Guidance Specialist, Mr. Brown, via email mbrown@psd1.org

Have a college or career related event to share with students? Email a CHS Student Services Specialist below to be featured in the next newsletter:

Mike Brown, College & Career Guidance Specialist, mbrown@psd1.org

Ana Tuiaea-Ruud, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Community Engagement Manager, aruud@psd1.org


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