GirlFriend Factor, dedicated to helping women reach their potential and achieve their goals through higher education and occupational training, is holding the annual educational fair “Which Education, What Career?” on September 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the multi-Purpose room on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center at College of the Desert.
“Which Education, What Career?” showcases the desert’s many diverse academic and training programs that result in employment opportunities. Representatives from a variety of industries will be available to counsel with attendees. Included in the program are College of the Desert, Cal State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, California Desert Trial Academy, Ameritus College, Loma Linda Medical Center School of Dentistry, Kaplan College, Real Estate School, International School of Beauty, and Center for Employment Training.
These organizations offer the expertise and training that can lead to rewarding careers in accounting, dentistry-related professions, legal occupations, architecture and drafting, early childhood education, hospitality management, landscape and turfgrass management, solar power, HVAC/air conditioning, alternative fuels, cosmetology, human resources, real estate, retail management, supply chain management and logistics, and others.
While increasing the awareness and understanding of readily available educational resources, this event is open to both women and men and is free to attend. It also offers the opportunity to establish a rapport with educators and network with business professionals in the community. Financial aid and scholarship information will be available.
“Education is a world-wide asset that offers an advantageous commodity no matter where you go,” said Joan Busick, CEO of GirlFriend Factor. “Securing an education can instrumentally change the course of your life, and this event gives attendees the opportunity to consider the possibilities and learn more about the various options out there today.”
Leaders in the community will be presenting information about career possibilities and sharing their personal stories about the course of their careers. These guest speakers include Assistant Dean Doris Wilson of Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus and a former superintendent of Desert Sands Unified School District; and Vice President Sheila Thornton, Workforce Excellence, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.
The event takes place at College of the Desert located at 43-500 Monterey Avenue in Palm Desert. For more information about GirlFriend Factor and “Which Education, What Career?” contact www.thegirlfriendfactor.org or call 760.772.9594.
About GirlFriend Factor
Founded in 2005, Girlfriend Factor is a nonprofit organization that aims to ensure that higher education and occupational training are financially accessible to adult women, ages 25 to 63, who choose to improve their economic position in life and who strive for self-sufficiency. GirlFriend Factor has awarded over $250,000 to almost 100 recipients to date. While providing educational grants to women to achieve their educational goals, the organization also celebrates and explores the powerful influence women have on each other's lives through building friendships, and sharing experiences.
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