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Walnut Creek Career Connections Day

by Karen Lile

Diablo Valley College Students at Career Connections Day 2012

On Tuesday, September 25, the first annual career connections day took place at The Gardens at Heather farm in Walnut Creek. The Diablo Valley College (DVC) business administration department and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek co-sponsored the career connections day, a special day to bring DVC business students and local business leaders together for a day of learning, sharing information, job shadowing, and networking.

Rotarian Karen Lile mentors students by the fountain

The students and mentors arrived at 8 a.m. and began the morning with breakfast prepared by Wilma Lot Catering. Students were matched up with mentors who worked in industries in which they are planning to major. After an hour, student rotated to new mentors, followed by a third session.

Rotarian Jesse Castro shares his experience as a banker
Rotarian Doug Switzer sharing his experience

About 22 DVC business students met with 17 Rotarian mentors. The mentors who volunteered their time were small business owners and entrepreneurs: a financial adviser, a food and beverage manager, an event planner, a technical writer, a franchise business owner, a banking VP, a senior IT manager, a bank branch manager, an executive director of a nonprofit organization, a community education coordinator for a nonprofit, a city manager, a postmaster, a sales engineer for a telecommunications company, an attorney, a CEO with Boy Scouts of America, and a professional videographer.

Speeches by Students of Diablo Valley College


  • Karen Lile is a member of the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek
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