Jun Castillo, with Kaiser Permanente, right, lets students at Foster High School examine slides under a microscope during the school’s annual Career Day on March 30. HEIDI SANDERS/Tukwila Reporter

Students explore opportunities during Foster High School’s Career Day

In hopes of helping students plan for their future, Foster High School hosted its fourth annual Career Day on March 30.

“Because we have so many immigrant and refugee students, a lot of students are neighborhood-bound,” said Foster High principal Pat Larson. “They believe this is the only place you can work. They don’t really know what is outside.”

The event brought in speakers from various career fields, as well as a career fair, featuring internships and colleges.

“We try to choose speakers that the kids have selected,” Larson said. “If they are interested in this, then we‘re going to make sure we match that.”

Some of the speakers were Foster graduates.

“It is nice to have the alumni come back and contribute,” Larson said.

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) had a full-size semi-truck trailer on display, loaded with hands-on equipment and demonstrations, to show the future of the aerospace industry.

Career Day wrapped a month of college and career exploration at the school.

“We’ve had field trips to the Museum of Flight,” Larson said. “We had fields trips to Women Fly at the Museum of Flight. We’ve had kids go to the Port of Seattle, to the airport. It has been a very busy month.”

Larson said she expects the event to continue to grow.

“Next year is probably going to have to be all day because we have so much stuff going,” she said, adding that this year’s event took place in the afternoon.