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Camp Pendleton helps high school students explore career options

In support of the surrounding communities, Camp Pendleton is in its 15th consecutive year of hosting the “School to Career” program.

The program provides an opportunity for high school students to visit the base and learn about various career fields available in both the military and civilian sector.

School to Career trips are hosted by the base six to eight times during the school year. Each occasion lasts for half-a-day.

More than 7,300 high school student have participated in the program since its inception in 1995.

“It gives (the students) insight on the training, knowledge, discipline, work habits, expectations and education for each job,” said Larry Rannals, community plans and liaison officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The program also provides an opportunity for students to get one-on-one time with employees, he added.

Celine Doerr, a senior at El Camino High School, Oceanside, Calif., who is interested in becoming a Naval public affairs officer, learned and experienced more than what she expected.

“It was not only fun, but it was a great way to learn about the job I was interested in,” said Doerr, daughter of a retired service member. “[The visit] helped me narrow down what my decision will be for a career.”

While most students may have already visited the base for various occasions, this program really gives them an understanding of the various careers provided by the military, said Karen Ricci, college and career counselor, Fallbrook Union High School.

“This trip opens the eyes of students who live on and off base and they learn about the Marine Corps,” Ricci said.

The next School to Career trip is Feb. 9.

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