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Santa Maria High School students will follow the trail to post-high school opportunities during the “Career and College Festival” on Thursday, October 22.

The experience starts at 9 a.m. and ends about 1 p.m. on the softball field. It features more than 60 different careers, sectors, colleges, as well as, trade and apprenticeship programs. The professionals plan to share their jobs, job descriptions, job duties, salary ranges and what education is needed to achieve the position.

SMHS Career/College Center Advisor Anita Salomon said the day allows students to understand the levels of commitment and education needed to achieve their dreams.

“The whole purpose is to expose students to careers they may never have heard of before and to help them walk away more knowledgeable about what it takes to get into particular fields,’’ said Salomon.

More than 2,000 students are expected to explore careers and network.

“I am excited because I can ask questions and get the information I need from the people volunteering right here,’’ said student Alexander Lopez. “This is easier access and without it I would feel uncomfortable asking for help.’’

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