CTE students attend C4 conference


Rosie Vo , News Writer

Juniors and Seniors attended a Chamber of Commerce Career Connections (C4) Leadership Conference at the TJC West Campus, on Friday, Jan. 11.  The event featured speaker Shannon Dacus with the Dacus Law Firm and offered students a chance to learn about career pathways, soft skills, resume review, mock interviewing, and managing money.

The high school counselors traveled with Mayra Angon, Hanna Barron, KaDavion Bush, Edward Crosby, Alexander Minor, Ty’Liyah Moore, Melanie Nungaray, and Abigail Robertson. Students had to apply and write an essay, after being nominated to attend, by CTE teachers Julie Westerman, Jessica Otte, and Tammie Stewart.

“This was a great opportunity to learn and experience with professional people”, said Barron. “We received advice to improve our skills in order to work and succeed in our everyday lives.”

The C4 Leadership Conference is an event designed to give students an opportunity to express their ideas and learn so they can gain professional advice and guidance towards future goals. Once the program is completed, the students will receive a certificate showing their achievement. The goal of this program was to provide Smith County students with the opportunity to begin career exploration during their final high school years by connecting them to over 60 local, premier, business professionals.