Guanacaste Youth Will Present Themselves at Regional Career Fair

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Students and teachers from 18 Professional Technical High Schools (CTPs) of Guanacaste and Upala will participate in the 2013 Regional Career Fair II on November 1 in the Lopez Plaza of Santa Cruz.

The objective of the activity is to present the technical offerings of the schools in the province to companies seeking technical labor as well as parents and prospective students .

This is the second time the Career Fair has been held in the province and those attending can enjoy food sales and exhibition workshops, among other activities.

Members of the schools in the cantons of Abangares, Bagaces, Cañas, Carrillo, Hojancha, La Cruz, Liberia, Nandayure, Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Tilaran and Upala will be present in the popular Plaza de Los Mangos in the folkloric city .

Silvia Chaves, responsible for promoting the fair and coordinating with businesses from the CTP of Liberia, stressed the formative importance of the professional technical institutes in Guanacaste since upon completion of their studies, youth gain a title endorsed by the National Council of Higher Education (CONESUP) and the Civil Service, which allows them to enter the workforce once they graduate high school.

Chaves said the Liberian CTP graduates between 25 and 35 students per year in technical fields such as Agribusiness, Accounting, Information Technology, Tourism and Hospitality, and Executive Assistance.

“40% of our technical students who graduate get jobs and the rest go to university,” said Chaves.

Chaves explained that all technical colleges have a placement agency which companies interested in hiring personnel may call to find out in which careers young people are available to work.

In 2010, the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) created Regional Business and Community Liason Councils (CORVEC), which function to unite the CTPs and promote technical education in each province.