Matthew C. Perry High School hosted their
college and career fair to help residents from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni learn
more about the resources available to them to further their career or education. Renee
Cobb, vice principal of M.C. Perry High School, says air station residents can still receive
the same resources they would have gotten back home.“I think because we’re overseas
and we’re not in the states where we have those resources readily available, it’s
a really good opportunity for them to see that they can still have these resources.
You know when you’re stateside, college fairs are kind of the norm. You don’t have that here,
but to come here and see over 50 universities represented – it was a really great turnout
and we were able to see how much of an impact we can make when we come together as a community.”
Alumni from 50 different universities presented information on different academic programs
from their respective schools. Seaman Connor Daniel, an optician with the Naval Family
Branch Health Clinic offered information about medical careers in the Navy from the medical
booth. “I think it’s important to have these sort of resources just to raise awareness
and to show young adults what is out there and the options they have afforded to them.
Because a lot of them – I know when I was that age, I had no idea what was going on.
I didn’t know what I could do. Didn’t know what was available to me, so it’s good
that it raises awareness to that.” M. C. Perry High School plans on hosting the
college and career fair again next year. Reporting from Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan,
I’m Marine Corporal JonSebastian Andrade.