Women in Careers: Embracing Your Uniqueness

In a recent panel discussion at the CTEC campus, an inspiring lineup of successful women gathered to share their journeys and empower the next generation of female leaders. Hosted by Lisa Krch, Video Production Instructor, and Liz Madden, Law Enforcement Instructor, the event aimed to encourage students to embrace their individuality as they embark on their career paths.

Women in Career Panel

The panel, titled "Women in Careers: Uniquely You," featured five remarkable professionals, each with a unique story of overcoming obstacles and achieving success. These women serve as living proof that determination, resilience, and staying true to oneself can lead to fulfilling careers. Let's meet the outstanding panelists:

  1. Honorable Mayor Karen Goh: Mayor Goh, the mayor of Bakersfield, California, shared her journey from executive positions in educational publishing to becoming a prominent figure in local governance. Her diverse career path underscores the importance of seizing opportunities and pursuing one's passions.

  2. Officer Marisol Earnest: Officer Earnest's story is one of perseverance and dedication. Despite facing challenges such as height restrictions and citizenship status, she pursued her childhood dream of becoming a peace officer. Her journey from East LA to becoming the first K9 handler for KHSPOD exemplifies the power of resilience in achieving career goals.

  3. Mrs. Robin Moses: As the Medical Assisting Instructor at the Kern High School District Career Technical Education Center, Mrs. Moses plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare professionals. Her commitment to education, coupled with her background as a registered nurse, highlights the importance of mentorship and passing on knowledge to the next generation.

  4. Mrs. Sharon Brown: With over 40 years of experience in education, Mrs. Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as an Early Education Teacher at ROC. Her journey from teaching remedial reading to nurturing young minds underscores the transformative power of education in shaping lives.

  5. Ms. Monique Rogers: Dr. Rogers, a Co-Founder of ARRC Technology, is a testament to the intersection of academia and entrepreneurship. Her background in industrial and organizational psychology, coupled with her entrepreneurial ventures, showcases the limitless possibilities available to those willing to pursue their passions fearlessly.

Women in Careers Panel

The panelists' stories serve as a source of inspiration for students at CTEC who are on the brink of embarking on their own professional journeys. Whether it's breaking barriers in male-dominated fields, pursuing higher education against the odds, or leveraging personal experiences to drive positive change, these women exemplify the spirit of resilience and determination.

Women in Careers Panel

As students prepare to graduate and step into the next chapter of their lives, the message echoed throughout the panel is clear: embrace your uniqueness. Regardless of background, circumstances, or societal expectations, each individual possesses the power to chart their own path and make a meaningful impact in their chosen field.

In conclusion, the Women in Careers: Uniquely You panel at CTEC served as a powerful reminder of the importance of celebrating diversity, fostering inclusivity, and empowering the next generation of female leaders. By embracing their individuality and staying true to themselves, students can unlock endless possibilities and create a future where success knows no bounds.