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FutureCareers Expo a Grand Slam!

                                                                       Darryl Walker Keynote
Darryl Walker Keynote While it was a great day to play ball, 250 high school students from Mendocino to Santa Clara were scoring runs in a very different way at Pac Bell Park on April 3, 2001. The students were participating in the Financial Services FutureCareers Expo so they could experience lifelong learning in the financial service industry while increasing their financial literacy, learning about career opportunities in financial services, and investigating various post-secondary educational alternatives.

     Cheryl Koch Keynote
Cheryl Koch Keynote While students raved about the ballpark tours, including the opportunity to sit in the dugout or stand in the on-deck circle, they were equally impressed with their opportunity to network and learn from our sponsoring organizations:

                                                           Washington Mutual Booth
    Washington Mutual Booth
  • Bank of America
  • CalFed
  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Citibank
  • Comerica
  • InVEST
  • Washington Mutual
  • Wells Fargo

     Charles Schwab Presentation
Charles Schwab Presentation Industry representatives gave students a sense of the on-the-job learning requirements of employees within the financial services industry through presentations on the following topics:

  • Blazing Trails on the Internet: A View of the Future of Financial Services
  • Investment Rip-Offs and Securities Fraud: True Stories from the Department of Corporations Enforcement Division
  • ABC's of Branch Operations
  • Career Opportunities in the Financial Services Industry
  • Investment Basics: Learning to Invest for the Next Generation
  • Insurance Agency 101
  • Auto Rating Game
  • Leadership at CalFed: You Have More Power Than You Think
  • Succeeding in College

                                                                  Wells Fargo Presentation
Wells Fargo Presentation During the career and college fair students learned about the various opportunities and programs being offered by the participating organizations. Everyone enjoyed the delicious breakfast and lunch donated by Wells Fargo and students were impressed with the keynote presentations of Cheryl Koch and Darrell Walker.

     Student Discussions
Student Discussions In summary, Crystal from Lincoln High School said, "The opportunity to interview "real-life" business professionals was a rewarding experience." Another Lincoln student, Lulu, said, "I learned to make good decisions about which college is good for me." Tiffany from Mills High School shared, "I learned a lot ... I especially appreciated their (recruiters) encouragement." Finally, Kim from Washington High School liked "meeting people from other schools ... having fun and learning new things."

By all accounts, many runs were scored.

Wesley Leung & Sharon Oldham (BaySCAN), Bob Pearlman (Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network), and Tom Ruiz (SF School-to-Career Partnership)
Wesley Leung & Sharon Oldham (BaySCAN),
Bob Pearlman (Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network),
and Tom Ruiz (SF School-to-Career Partnership)