More than 400 high students gathered at the annual Contra Costa County Health and Bioscience Career Fair held at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon.
The students are currently enrolled in Regional Occupational Program and School-to-Career healthcare programs offered by the county Office of Education, such as sports medicine, emergency medical training and nursing.
"The fair is always a great event for our students. This is our third year in a row attending," said ROP teacher Julie Mello. "It opens their eyes to so many more opportunities in the health-care field."
Mello currently teaches five sports medicine classes at Monte Vista High School.
During the Career Fair, the students participated in a number of workshops that featured topics such as technology and health, laboratory medicine, imaging and pre-hospital care. In addition, the students were able to meet with 19 health-care-related exhibitors to learn more information about the occupation they are considering after graduating from high school.
"Looking to the future, we can all agree that health care will continue to be one of the most crucial issues our country will face," said Joseph A. Ovick, county Superintendent of Schools. "With this program, we are also privileged to serve so many young students who have already decided to help others with their future career in health care and biosciences."
The presenting sponsors of the fair were John Muir Health, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente. The event was produced in cooperation with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, Contra Costa Economic Partnership, Contra Costa Community College District, and the Contra Costa Health and Bioscience Careers Collaborative.