Workshops aim to boost students’ confidence as they plan for careers in four industries.
By Roberto Martinez
The empowerment center is hosting a Majors Day for criminal justice, social work, business and allied health noon–2 p.m. Thursday at the center, 703 Howard St.
Students can meet with advisers to learn more about each program, and plan for their future in one of these professions.
The event will include information on GED preparation and testing, college enrollment, financial aid, short-term technical certificate programs and personal professional development, according to the online event page.
Christi Horton, a counselor with the empowerment center, said they have improved this event at the request of the students, and increased the number of programs.
“Last year, we held a special presentation on the social work program, and the feedback we received from a lot of the students was that they wanted more,” Horton said.
Horton and her staff developed a plan to provide students with what they were requesting: a session with four programs and an opportunity to meet an adviser for each major.
This year, Majors Day will begin at the center, where the staff will divide students into groups.
Students must register online at http://alamo.edu/sac/swans/events/ so the staff can prepare these groups for each workshop and plan for each session.
The groups will then be escorted to each department to begin their workshop sessions.
There will be two sessions — from noon–1 p.m. and 1–2 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend both sessions if their schedule permits.
“We want the students to see the department and to meet the faculty, so they feel more confident to go back if they have any further questions,” Horton said.
The workshops are open to all students, declared or undeclared.
“We have one student who is a declared allied health major, but choosing to go because she feels like she will learn something she didn’t know.”
Horton said allied health is among the most popular of majors for the event.
“I think students see allied health as something they know is growing in terms of occupation because there are multiple options in that field such as medical assisting, dental assisting and EMT,” Horton said.
Despite the growing interest in the healthcare profession, Horton also ensured the same is true for business, social work and criminal justice.
“All departments are going to talk about advising guides for those particular programs, what is available in terms of transfer locally and also about careers in each field,” Horton said.
Horton encourages students to research their interests and have questions ready for the faculty.
Students can always request a Majors Day for their particular department or program, she said.
“Just because these are the only four programs participating, does not mean that other programs aren’t interested in hosting you,” Horton said.
“Be brave enough to just walk in the door and express your interest. Faculty are very friendly and want to help because they want students, but sometimes it’s up to you to make that first step.”
For more information about Majors Day or the center, visit https://www.alamo.edu/sac/SWANS/ or call 210-486-0455.