Garza Students get Glimpse of College and Professional Life

April 7, 2016 – Students often think about what they would like to be when they grow up. Garza Elementary School offered their students the opportunity to learn about the many options available to them at the annual “Garza Lions go to College Day.” Several representatives from colleges, the military, local businesses and organizations attended the event to showcase their organization to the students and answer their questions about college and career life.

“We are learning that with education, we would have knowledge and good jobs,” said student Angel Garcia.

According to school officials, being college bound is part of the Garza School Pledge which helps to motivate every student to reach that goal by preparing them step by step. The “Garza Lions go to College Day” is put on in an effort to provide the students with the information necessary to take those steps.

“As educators, we believe one of our main goals is to motivate the students to reach beyond their potential and ensure they set goals in life and attain a college degree,” said Teresa Arambula, Principal at Garza Elementary School.

Garza students listened with excitement about careers such as a police officer, fireman, or veterinarian. Parents were in attendance as well to take in information on how they can help their children plan for their future.

“This is a great event which will help students define a career,” said parent Laurie Pilar. “We as parents must help to always keep them motivated.”

Organizers would like to thank all organizations that participated in the “Garza Lions go to College Day.”

Participating Organizations:
BCSD Research an Evaluation
Bakersfield College MESA
Sensei Jon Cobbs
Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Blaze
Barnes N Noble
BCSD Parent Involvement
La Campesina
United Farm Workers
Southwest Vet Hospital
BCSD Parent Resource Center
Santa Barbara Business College
U.S. Army
U.S. Marines
U.S. Air Force
Bakersfield Police Department
Bakersfield Police Department K-9 Unit
Kern County Fire Department
Kern County Sheriff Department- Crime Prevention Unit
Hall Ambulance



Victor Leyva and Laurie Pilar

Victor Leyva and Laurie Pilar


Jacqueline Cortes, Amy Garcia, Rubi Estrella, Angel Garcia and Principal Teresa Arambula

Jacqueline Cortes, Amy Garcia, Rubi Estrella, Angel Garcia and Principal Teresa Arambula.

Event organizers and student representatives

Event organizers and student representatives.

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