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GHS CTE students get to hear from professionals like them

Camacho and Mejia talk to students at Grandview High School. Grandview High School Career & Technical Education (CTE) students recently had a chance to talk to professionals who were at one point just like them.

The GHS CTE program organized the event – Celebrating Diversity in the Professional Community – to bring in presenters who are from the Yakima Valley to speak to students about how they got their education and started their professional careers. It was a chance for students to talk to people who have been in their shoes.

Two of the speakers, Irma Ramos Mejia and J.R. Camacho, talked about their careers in healthcare. Mejia, a Sunnyside High School grad, is a family nurse practitioner at Mid Valley Clinic and Camacho, a GHS alumnus, owns Camacho Chiropractic and Sports Clinic in Grandview.

The two talked about their education and the path they took to get started in their career. Mejia started her education at technical school and worked as a licensed practical nurse before she returned to school to become an RN. After several years working as a registered nurse, she went back to school, earned her master’s degree in Yakima and now has her dream job.

Camacho told the students that he went to Pierce College to play baseball and earn his Associates degree, then he went to WSU where he earned his bachelor’s degree. After working as a physical therapist he decided that he wanted to be a chiropractor, so he went back to school in Portland. And eventually he came back to Grandview and opened his own practice just a few months ago.

Students asked the panelists about challenges they had as they worked their way through college and started their careers. Students also asked the panelists what advice they would give themselves if they could go back in time and talk to their high school selves.

The panelists had careers in fields that ranged from agriculture to technology to insurance. Students were able to attend four different sessions, listening to speakers during first and second periods and sixth and seventh periods.

Thank you to all of the speakers who helped make this event a success -  Felipe Garcia, Luz Prieto, J.R. Camacho, Gene Iwami, Don Davis, Jose Rivera, Javier Gonzalez, Angel Castaneda, Henry Strom, Lucia Tovar, David Magana, Cus Arteaga, Matthew Zavala, Monet Becenti, Irma Ramos Mejia and Javier Lopez.