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County Hosts Career Day for Kids Coping With Homelessness

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March 26, 2010

County staff spent a day teaching Monarch School students about jobs in public service by hosting a career day at the County Administration Center.

“We want to help the Monarch School provide these young people with bright futures by showing them how to prepare for a career in government or any other area they want to pursue,” said Helen Robbins-Meyer, the County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer.

Students at the school have had to deal with being homeless. The Monarch School works with the community and the Office of Education to give the kids an education and provide basic needs such as healthcare, food and clothing.

 Video  Monarch School Career Day at the County

The eighth graders started the day by listening to various speakers including Robbins-Meyer and a video presentation by Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., the County’s Public Health Officer.

They also got a first-hand look at how local government operates by visiting several departments, including the Auditor and Controller, which oversees the County’s finances; Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, which manages vital records, performs marriage ceremonies and assesses property value; and Clerk of the Board, which provides access to Board of Supervisors records and maintains the historic County Administration Center building and grounds. 

Other departments brought their expertise to the kids. Sheriff's SWAT officers had a vehicle on site; the Department of Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Division outfitted the students in the special suit used by their staff; and the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures displayed different types of bugs to explain how they control pests.  

The event was organized by the County's Human Resources department and Community Services Group.

For more information about County careers, visit the Human Resources Web site

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