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A Tour to Cement a Trajectory of Success

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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It was a tour that could change a trajectory for life.

For dozens of high school students from the Irvine area, March 2, 2017 became one of those motivational days. One of the key employers in the area–State Farm—and Concordia University Irvine (CUI)—a private non-profit Lutheran Christian four-year liberal arts university that prepares students for their vocations—opened their doors with the intention of opening the students’ minds and hearts to cement one idea: that with effort, they can touch the stars.

The day included a panel of professionals who provided students with critical advice to achieve great work opportunities in the future. Students also visited the nursing department of Concordia University Irvine to learn how to build a practical runway to lead them to a career in healthcare.

Accompanying them throughout the day was the staff from High School Inc., as well as from the office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters, among others.

Among the professionals with whom the students met were State Farm’s Adriana Galdamez, public affairs community specialist, Samona Caldwell, grassroots/legislative specialist, agent Monica Drevon, and Susan Woo, business analyst, agency and leadership development. They each gave an overview of the company and their roles, and answered questions about one of the largest players in the insurance, banking and investment industries.

Following a tour of State Farm’s key California facility, students visited Concordia Irvine's nursing department, also located at Park Place in Irvine. Students were welcomed by CUI Provost Peter Senkbeil and learned about potential careers with a nursing degree. The students also heard from Michelle Martir, a CUI alum and first-generation Hispanic student who is an Admissions Counselor with Concordia Irvine.

After the motivational morning, the students went back to their daily lives having acquired a wider perspective to pursue and conquer school and career long-term goals.


Photo: Concordia University Irvine Provost Peter Senkbeil, CUI Nursing Department representative MJ Caterinicchio (center), and first-gen CUI alum and admissions counselor Michelle Martir, share information about potential career avenues with a nursing degree to the local high school students visiting Concordia Irvine's nursing department located at Park Place in Irvine. The students' day included a tour of State Farm's key California facility, a professional panel that provided the students with critical advice to achieve great work opportunities in the future, and a tour of Concordia Irvine's nursing department followed by lunch. Accompanying the students throughout the day was the staff from High School Inc., as well as from the office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters, among others.

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