Students out looking for ‘major’ success


The Automotive Technology department shows off 2013 Cadillac ATS that was donated to the school. Students who work in the automotive department get experince with the latest models. Cerritos College Nov. 18, 2014 Photo by Carlos Holguin Photo credit: Carlos Holguin

Carlos Holguin, Staff Writer

Booths in front of the library were decorated with banners, pamphlets and even a car to attract students at the Nov. 18 Majors Fair.

Held on the sidewalk in front of the library, different departments used booths to inform students of possible career paths, or convince undecided students to join their department.

One of those undecided students was Shilon Woodard.

“Well, I just helped out with the theater department, so I might just do theater. I don’t want to pick one until I explore more. I like to help, I do not want to act I’m too shy, but theater production and helping out with that seems real cool to me.”

Others who needed help could approach a Career Center booth and receive pamphlets of upcoming workshops to help them make a clear decision.

“The career exploration process is very important for students who are undecided or have decided and do not know how to connect to a career,” Clara Ross-Jones, career counselor, said.

“If they want to know how to build their skill set or resume, that’s what our workshops are for.”

She added, “Sometimes students want to know how to get experience out of the classroom, get the hands-on experience, we can help with that as well.”

The Automotive Technology department was one such department that offers hands-on experience for students on campus.

“We have several programs for our manufacturer specific programs. We have an Import, Chrysler, GM and Ford programs, as well as a generic program for students who don’t want to focus on a specific manufacturer,” explained Joe Mulleary, Automotive Technology Instructor.

“Manufacturer specific programs are split between one nine-week session learning skills, then followed by another nine-week session with hands-on experience,” he added.

Mulleary continued, “We have a 2013 Cadillac ATS out here. We got it donated by General Motors as part of our GM specific program. So, students get to work on newer vehicles that they will see at dealerships. Due to some new policy changes at GM, we are receiving a lot more vehicles then we have in the past.”

Doug Hanes, department chair for administration of justice, explained how students with an administrative justice major might go on to do.

“Many of them have the career goal of becoming a police officer, some have goals of going into state or federal law enforcement agencies, others are looking at careers in probation. We have a broad range of careers to go in.”

Hanes added, “We have a very fine reputation throughout the state. Many of our students transfer to Cal States, and we’ve had students place in upper-division placement in schools throughout the country. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished here.”