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150 MPUSD Students to Attend First Ever County of Monterey Career Fair


March 2, 2022


Marci McFadden, Chief of Communications & Engagement



150 MPUSD Students to Attend First Ever County of Monterey Career Fair

Monterey County departments to discuss potential future career opportunities 

and build future workforce


Monterey, CA – One hundred and fifty Career Technical Education (CTE) students from the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will have the opportunity to participate in an Interactive Workplace Tour and Career Exploration Fair to learn about future career opportunities with the County of Monterey on March 8, 2022 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The group will begin the day at the Monterey County Government Center located at 168 West Alisal St. in Salinas, CA.


One year in the making, this event  is a collaboration between the County of Monterey Human Resources Department, select County of Monterey departments, and the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. Additional supporting agencies include California State University Monterey Bay, Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College. The goal of the fair is to highlight services provided by County of Monterey departments, discuss potential future career opportunities, and offer engaging interaction for students that relate to each spotlighted department.


“The County of Monterey is the largest employer in Monterey County and we are always recruiting for a wide variety of critical positions”, said Wendy Root Askew, Monterey County Supervisor, District 4. “This fair is a great opportunity for the county to showcase our rewarding career paths to local students.”


“High School students greatly benefit from these types of career readiness experiences,” said Lisa Glick, Career Technical Education Coordinator, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “This unique event intentionally aligns with the real-world learning opportunities embedded into our CTE courses. Today’s group of students represent the advanced Transportation, Health Science and Medical Technology, and Building and Construction Trades courses.”

“The cost of living in Monterey County is one of the difficult barriers in recruiting applicants for some positions,” said Yvonne Walker, County of Monterey, Human Resources Manager. “A majority of MPUSD students reside in the county and nearly half of CSUMB’s students are from the local tri-county area. We are able to showcase what the county has to offer in terms of careers and hopefully attract and grow from within our own residents.”


The Interactive Career Fair


  • Two-hour interactive workplace tour with four to five selected department managers and county department representatives engaging with 20 - 25 students.
  • 30-minute lunch exchange with department mentors. Lunch will include pre-selected discussion questions for students and mentors.
  • The County of Monterey and MPUSD will align high school Career Technical Education courses with the positions highlighted in the selected county departments so that tours are relevant to students’ learning experiences.




9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview

  • Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Chair Mary Adams
  • MPUSD Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh


10:00 a.m. Interactive Workplace Tours (overview, interactive activity/problem of practice/scenario/demonstration, student and group presentations)

  • Government Center - District Attorney and Public Defender, Department of Social Services and Assessors/Clerk Recorder Office
  • Shillings Place - Housing & Community Development Department, and Public Works/Facilities and Parks, Elections Department
  • Office of Emergency Services
  • Health Department


12:00 p.m. Lunch and Discussion with County Employee Mentors


12:30 p.m. Schillings Place to participate in the Career Exploration Fair


1:00 p.m. Career Exploration Fair

  • Information Technology Department
  • Child Support Services
  • Civil Rights Office 
  • Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
  • Water Resources Agency
  • Sheriff’s Department


1:45 p.m. Closing Activity


2:00 p.m. End of Event

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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and encompasses the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.

About County of Monterey

Monterey County excels at providing quality services for the benefit of all Monterey County residents while developing, maintaining, and enhancing the resources of the area. Home to approximately 5,000 employees in 25 departments, the county is located on the Pacific coast and has a population of approximately 439,035. The county’s largest city and its county seat is Salinas.