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Paso Robles students get About Town with Green Construction

April 27, 2010

Despite the cool drizzle, an estimated 30 Paso Robles High School and Liberty High School students of several grade levels and a diversity backgrounds met at the Estrella Associates River Oaks Center Thursday morning for the first stop on a day long "About Town" event presented by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. 

The interactive field trip was geared toward students interested in entering the construction, carpentry, electrician and plumbing fields, and the experience gave attendees a real-life look at the green development industry as well as a peek at a real-life construction site in San Miguel. 

Male and female students wore crisp, button-down shirts and some young men donned suits for the event, which Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Linda Hendy said is aimed at providing an interactive approach to student career- building. 

Hendy, along with several other student mentors - who include chamber members, educators and local business owners - encouraged the students to take notes and ask questions. 

"The purpose of the mentors is for the students to [create] a bond with one of the adults throughout the day, and the goal is to expose the students to different career opportunities in Paso Robles," Hendy said. 

Students toured the Estrella Associates River Oaks Center, the North County Cuesta College Business and Career Onestop
center, San Miguel-based Midland Pacific Homes housing development and finally La Quinta Inn & Suites, where the group shared presentations on what they'd learned throughout the day. 

Students expressed diverse dreams during a 9 a.m. welcome breakfast orientation. 

"I am gaining experience, and I get to see what I could do as a future career or as just a side job that I need to get to my future career," said Liberty High School eleventh-grader Garrett Larsen. "What I'm really looking for [with] this is a summer job." 

Larsen, a drama student, said he enjoys building stage sets for the Liberty High School Drama Department but also hoped to one day become a film director. 

"Right now I'm planning on playing soccer or cabinet-making," said Paso Robles junior Ricardo Guerrero, who has also participated in the Skills USA program. Other job interests included plumbing and construction. 

According to a press release provided by the committee, the purpose of the committee is “to assist the schools by bringing together schools in Paso Robles with members of the Paso Robles business community.” 

For more information regarding the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, contact Education Committee Chairwoman Ingrid Olsen at 238-0506 or e-mail

                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Hayley Thomas
Taking care of business - Paso Robles High School and Liberty High School students
at Estrella Associates' River Oaks Center last Thursday morning for the first stop on
a day long "About Town" event sponsored by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
Education Committee.