CareerTrek Makes Dreams Tangible for APS Eighth Graders

2014 CareerTrekMore than 2,400 APS eighth-grade students journeyed through various pathways to success at the 2014 CareerTrek. Professionals from a wide variety of fields ranging from aeronautics to horticulture, law enforcement and dentistry connected with students to help bridge the gap between their dreams and reality.

In light of this year’s “Passport to Success” theme, exhibitors stamped students’ mock-passports as they introduced themselves and inquired about different industries. Students also enjoyed interactive displays including green screen production, tractor operation and even a demonstration on how to tie a tie.

“Our goal is to help broaden students’ horizons, motivate them to find an interest and hopefully ignite passion,” said CareerTrek organizer Robert Epstein.

Fortunately, that vision came to fruition when Vista PEAK Exploratory P-8 student Gaspar Rojas shared, “I used to want to be a mechanic, but it [CareerTrek] has now inspired me to be a doctor!”

Gaspar Rojas
Gaspar Rojas

Temesghen Atsgeba, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy student, said he plans to make the courthouse his home by becoming a successful lawyer.

“It doesn’t have to be hard if you’re willing to do the work,” he declared. “I am willing to do the work.”

Temesghen Atsgeba presses on a sticker police badge he picked up at the Aurora Police Department’s exhibit.
Temesghen Atsgeba presses on a sticker police badge he picked up at the Aurora Police Department’s exhibit.