2017 Sessions:


Session I - 10:30-11:15

A Story of Going Off the Beaten Path – Diamond 1
Ross Pesek – Pesek Law
I’m excited to tell you about the choices I made which led to attending college for free, my struggle to find the law firm that would fit the work I wanted to do, and why believing in yourself is a key factor to achieve personal happiness.

T.E.A.M (Repeated) – Diamond 2
Joaquin Zihuatanejo
In this interactive workshop, we will learn about the power that resides in working as a group or collective.  We will focus on leadership skills as well as how to work together effectively and develop successful study groups.

Careers in Demand – Diamond 3
Tony Glenn, Nebraska Department of Education and Peyton Schmidt, Skills USA
This session will provide you information on what jobs are hot right now and skills needed for them.

What’s Your Story – Diamond 6
Itandewi Mendoza - Harvard Public School
Miss Mendoza will share the story of how crossing the border without documentation changed her whole life.  She will share about some of the obstacles she faced and lessons she learned on her journey to becoming a teacher and ultimately earning a master’s degree in school counseling.  In this session, you will have the opportunity to talk and listen to other students like you discuss the obstacles YOUth is facing in today’s society and what are some things you can do to see those obstacles as merely a detour to your final goal.

The University of Nebraska: Scholarships, Programs, and Opportunities – Diamond 7
Stancia Whitcomb Jenkins – University of Nebraska (Moderator)
Cesar Duran - University of Nebraska- Kearney
Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado - University of Nebraska- Omaha
Raymond Ramirez - University of Nebraska Lincoln
LaKaija Johnson, M.P.H., M.P.S. - University of Nebraska Medical Center

The University of Nebraska offers many students opportunities on its campuses in Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney as well as the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Scholarships and support services to help students access and succeed in college will be highlighted. Hear about more than 20 diverse opportunities including, UNL’s Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNK’s First Year

Experience and Transition Programs, and UNO’s Outcomes for Latinos in Higher Education.Are You a Match for a Career in Early Childhood Education? – Diamond 8
Karen Verraneault - Educational Service Unit 10
If you love talking and playing with young children, you might want to consider a career in early childhood education. Early childhood educators have one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs. They are in charge of the teaching and care of young children and preparing young minds for the future. This session will explore the field of early childhood education including reasons for choosing this career, overview, options and opportunities, qualifications, degrees and training, and job outlook.


Session II: 11:30-12:15

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees (Repeated) – Diamond 1
R.J. Vega and Cecilia Hernandez-Chavez, EducationQuest Foundation
College costs money and we are here to help.  Whether you are a freshman or senior, join us to learn how to have a successful scholarship process.  We’ll discuss tips and discuss other sources of money like grants, work-study programs, and student loans.

T.E.A.M (Repeat) – Diamond 2
Joaquin Zihuatanejo
In this interactive workshop we will learn about the power that resides in working as a group or collective.  We will focus on leadership skills as well as how to work together effectively and develop successful study groups.

Making a Difference with Technology: Careers in the Future – Diamond 3

Dr. Sherri Harms, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Most future careers will be based on technology. From social media campaigns to programming the next rocket going to Mars, come learn how you can make a difference in the world! Imagine, Create, Inspire. Set yourself apart

Special Education: Work that Embraces Diversity – Diamond 6
Jennifer Calixte, ESU10
This session will explore the career opportunities available within Special Education.  Find out what’s truly special about education and learn the many ways you could lead children to achieve their best and follow their educational dreams.  Without education and fair opportunities, who would ever be able to follow their dreams?  Learn how you could have a positive impact on children in the career field of special education

Nebraska State College System Student Panel – Diamond 7
Michelle Suarez (Facilitator)
Gabriela Perez, Senior at Chadron State studying Nutrition and Exercise Science
Sarah Morales, Junior at Peru State studying Criminal Justice Administration and minoring in Psychology
Jesse Mayo, Senior at Wayne State studying K-12 Art Education, 7-12 Special Education and Coaching

Jorge Adame, Sophomore at Wayne State studying Business Accounting and minoring in pre-law

Jesus Jimenez, Senior at Wayne State studying Business Administration
Current students from Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State share insights and perspectives on their college experience and what attending college has meant for them and their families. Students will answer questions from the audience and our Facilitator, Michelle Suarez. Join our panel to engage in meaningful discussion as Nebraska State College System students share stories about their academic programs, career pathways, and campus activities with other Hispanic/Latino students and staff.

Young Professionals Panel (Repeated) – Diamond 8
Lorena Hernandez and Brittany Urias, Nebraska Department of Labor
Alejandra Sinecio, 
Heartland Workforce Solutions
Latina speakers will describe their story and how they found success through school and into the professional world. The topic will focus on the profession of Workforce Development, i.e. making a career out of helping other people find their career paths. There will be time for questions and answers at the end.


Session III: 1:15-2:00

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees (Repeat) – Diamond 1
R.J. Vega and Cecilia Hernandez-Chavez, EducationQuest Foundation
College costs money and we are here to help.  Whether you are a freshman or senior, join us to learn how to have a successful scholarship process.  We’ll discuss tips and discuss other sources of money like grants, work-study programs, and student loans.

Be A Nurse…The Most Trusted Profession – Diamond 2
Hilary Chirsto, UNMC College of Nursing – Kearney Division
Nursing is the most trusted profession.  What does it take to become a professional nurse?  Learn how to prepare now for nursing school and a career in nursing.  Learn about the numerous different types of nursing professionals.  There is a national shortage of nurses – learn how you can help to solve the shortage in Nebraska.

Careers in the Media – Diamond 3
Maya Saenz, KMTV 3
Adrian Sanchez, Nebraska Latino American Commission

Students will meet and speak with print and broadcast media professionals. The journalists will share their experiences and the unique perspectives they bring to the newsroom.  Students will receive advice on how to obtain a position in the media industry, the opportunities available and advice on how to be successful in a media career.

Careers in Education – Diamond 6
Dora Olivares, Gering Junior High School
Rubin Cano, Omaha South High Magnet School
Michelle Suarez, Prosper Lincoln

This bilingual presentation is by educators who advanced to become the first Latino/a principals/leaders at their schools.  They will share their stories and how to follow their path. Learn about the various jobs within elementary, middle school and high school educational fields, and opportunities to help you reach your goal. Careers in education are in demand nationwide. Come explore career paths teaching, counseling, administration and more.

Why Attend a Community College?– Diamond 7
Maria Lopez & Maria Flores – Central Community College
Venedith Vargas –
Mid Plains Community College
Maria Gonzalez – Northeast Community College
Amanda Barón and Ivette Trentini – Southeast Community College

In this interactive session, students will learn the many advantages of attending a community college.  Whether your goal is a two-year degree that will prepare you for the career you have always wanted or if you are planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor’s degree. Join us and discover why starting at a community college is a smart start for your college education!

Young Professionals Panel (Repeat) – Diamond 8

Lorena Hernandez and Brittany Urias, Nebraska Department of Labor

Alejandra Sinecio, Heartland Workforce Solutions
Latina speakers will describe their story and how they found success through school and into the professional world. The topic will focus on the profession of Workforce Development, i.e. making a career out of helping other people find their career paths. There will be time for questions and answers at the end.

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