This post was written by YEOC Program Manager Korrie Miller, M.Ed.
The December session of YEOC was focused on the field of finance. The professional development of the day focused on polishing students resumes in preperation for our annual YEOC career fair, this workshop was led by Christine Perez from EY. Our second morning workshop focused on Fiannce 101 led by our very own finance major, yeoc alumni and current mentor Carlos Barrios. Students learned all about capital structure, equity, as well as risk and return. Our keynote speaker Bridgette Link GM of Finance Business Intellegence came to us from Microsoft and discussed her experience at Hampton University and the importance of owning your career and building relationship on your pathway. Aftern lunch students partipated in our brand new YEOC stock exhance investment challenge designed by Keith Acfalle and Abiel Zewolday in which students put their new knowledge tot the test and were asked to invest in popular companies. We wrapped up the day with college prep sessions focused on scholarship and financial aid applications.
Our YEOC January session focused on the field of Information Systems as well as our Annual YEOC Career Fair! The morning started off with a very timely and informative workshop from Audrey Hara from EY about how to approach a career fair. Students learned how to strategize, what questions to ask and the overall etiquette of navigating a career fair. Next up students jumped right into the annual career fair with resumes and YEOC business cards in hand. This year the fair hosted 23 local companies and organizations in the Paccar Café! YEOC Mentor Vipo Bun noted, “the goal of the career fair is to expose both high school and college students to a variety of opportunities such as summer internships, scholarships and academic enrichment programs.” To name a few participants, this year we welcomed ACAP, Seattle City Light, Microsoft Apprenticeship Program, Nordstrom, Teens in Public Service, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program and many more! After the career fair students got to know the inside scoop in the world of information systems from YEOC mentor and program alumni Tina Moore. Our keynote speaker Joseph Sunga a Foster alumni who and current product manager from Spare5 kept students on their toes as to what a career in IS looks like. After lunch students participated in an NBA themed data analytics challenged designed by Kiseri Redi and Tina Moore that pushed students to apply the different methods of data anaylyis in sports statistics. We wrapped the day with college preperation workshops focused around PSAT and SAT test preparation.
The mission of the YEOC (Young Executives of Color) program is to cultivate the academic potential of underrepresented high school student leaders in Washington State through college preparation, powerful mentorship, and the development of real life business skills. Find out more about the YEOC program on the Foster website.