3rd Annual Pojoaque Valley Alumni Career Day Helps Students Explore Options

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2019 Pojoaque Valley Alumni Presenters – Photo, courtesy of Lenore Trujillo

3rd Annual Pojoaque Valley Alumni Career Day Helps Students Explore Options

By Lenore Trujillo, PVHS Language Arts Teacher

Pojoaque Valley High School students had the opportunity to learn about 31 different possible careers on Feb. 7, 2019.  What was unique about this Career Day was that all of the presenters were Pojoaque Valley High School graduates. 

This was the third annual event, which was the brainchild of PVHS teacher Susan Quintana who has taught most of the presenters within her 29-year teaching career. After the success of the first event in March 2017, a Pojoaque Valley Alumni Group was created to help reach out to more PVHS alumni and organize the next events.

Mrs. “Q,” as students lovingly call her, felt the need to show current PVHS students that the quality of education they were receiving at Pojoaque Valley was an excellent springboard to higher education and excellent careers. College and Career Readiness is part of the school’s mission. Mrs. Q felt that it was “imperative for students to know that Pojoaque has many graduates that have gone on to do great things!”

This year there were over 40 Pojoaque alumni presenters ranging from the Class of 1978 to the Class of 2013. Presenters traveled from all across New Mexico to participate, some from as far as Alamosa, Denver, and El Paso.

The format of the afternoon event was that students could select three career presentations to attend from the list of 31 careers, which this year included an FBI victims’ specialist, fireman, doctor, nurse, engineer, musician, beauty/spa salon owner, real estate agent and fitness trainer/gym owner just to name a few.  Presentations were 30 minutes each, with the alumni presenter giving background info on their time at Pojoaque and descriptions of their career, training, and education, with a follow up question and answer session afterward.

Feedback from the students was extremely positive. “Today I went to a psychologist, accountant and Southwest Airlines employee. All of them were great, but I really enjoyed the Southwest Airlines presenter. The presenter really loves her job, and the way she described it, I think I might love it too. It has all these benefits such as a stable 401k account, flexible schedule, and free flights. I’ve really been interested in this since last year,” reflected Brittany Arroyo, a PVHS Junior. 

Students enjoyed the career day, and many expressed that they would like the event to be all afternoon or all day in order to go to more than three career presentations. Looks like “great things” are indeed happening at Pojoaque!

Southwest Airlines Ground Operations Supervisor, Kira Trujillo, Class of 2010, traveled back home from Denver, Colorado to participate in PVHS Career Day. She has presented every year. Photo, courtesy of Lenore Trujillo

Year One, Pojoaque Alumni Presenters - Photo, courtesy of Lenore Trujillo

Year Two, Pojoaque Alumni Presenters - Photo, courtesy of Lenore Trujillo