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Life After High School event to aid students

Career Night at Thomas Jefferson High School gives parents and students a chance to ask questions about the possibilities of life after high school.

All students and parents in the Federal Way school district, as well as anyone else who wants to come, are invited to attend Life After School Night on Thursday at Jefferson.

“There will be representatives from more than 50 of the state’s four-year colleges, community colleges, vocational schools, military organizations, art and design schools and apprenticeships,” said Kayt Lambert, Jefferson’s career specialist.

She said all four of the district’s high schools worked together on the event, and it’s not just for kids planning to go to college.

Vashti Tate, a 17-year-old Jefferson senior, predicted the event would be useful for fellow students.

“I can understand more when I actually see stuff and interact with people, rather than reading about it,” Tate said. “I want to be a chef, with my own restaurant, and I want to find out what sort of management training I need to do this.”

Jefferson senior Cordney Craven, 17, has different goals.

“I’m going to college. I want more information on scholarships and how the different sports programs work,” Craven said. “Going to a career night like this is more personal, face to face, and I can ask the questions I want to, instead of just reading what they’re telling me.’

The event also will feature 20-minute seminars on nine different topics.

“Financial aid and scholarships are the big topics around here, but there are so many other issues that need to be explored,” Lambert said.

Decatur High School career specialist Gaye Holzer compared the event to a shopping trip to the mall.

“Just like going to the mall, you only shop at the stores that interest you,” Holzer said.

Federal Way High School career specialist Carla Boone encouraged students and their parents to attend.

“It’s never too early to begin the dialogue between parents and children on what they’d like to do after high school,” Boone said. “It will be a great night for any parents with junior high or high school students.”

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