Graduation looms for Hesperia Unified's seniors, and at Oak Hills High School, Friday's Career and College Day didn't just focus on students who might already have made plans for the future.


"The seniors, they've got less than 20 days left," said career center specialist Diane Rodriguez. "Every Bulldog is included."


Over the course of the morning, students of every grade level made their way to the 25 stations in the school's gym, where they heard from colleges, military recruiters and various local businesses about the opportunities they offered.


And to make sure that it stuck, especially with younger students for whom future plans are still much more abstract, Rodriguez offered teachers a game based on the day's activities.


"Everyone got the same set of questions about what they wanted to ask about," she said. "We came up with a career game. I called it 'Jobordy!'"


Like the Jeopardy! game show on which it was based, Jobordy! featured five questions of ascending value in five categories: World of Work, Colleges, Military, Money and Before They Were Famous.


For the second year of career fairs at Oak Hills, Rodriguez decided to cast a wider net than previously.


"This year, we invited more colleges so that we could get a variety of careers in addition to college information."


Those presenting at Friday's career day included the Academy of Art, the Art Institute of California, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State San Bernardino, Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, Hesperia ROP, Hesperia ROP Cosmetology, Hesperia ROP Dental Program, High Desert Registered Nurses, International Culinary School, LA County Probation Officers, the Marine Corps logistics base, Mojave Barber College, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Oak Hills Fire Explorers, Platt College, San Joaquin Valley College, US Marine Corps, US Army, UC Riverside, University of Phoenix, Verizon, Victor Valley College and Westwood College.


And next year, Rodriguez is optimistic that even more opportunities will be presented to students, thanks to asking parents if they wanted to participate in the event.


"It was pretty cool: We had some parents who able to volunteer and their kids were there, very proud," she said. "At the same time, I had a lot of kids come up to me at this career fair, saying 'oh my gosh, my mom didn't make it this year, but she wants to do it next year.' So we got a lot of leads."


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