School To Career 2012/2013 Replacement Naval Hospital Project U.S. Navy photo by Jesse A. Lora, NAVFAC (SW)
Giving High School Students a Step Up
Oceanside High School Visits Replacement Naval Hospital
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Students from Oceanside High School toured the Replacement Naval Hospital construction project today, as part of the School-To-Career Program (STC). This program has been hosted by Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for the 18th consecutive year. The STC program is designed to help guide local high school students interested in various diverse career fields by having them visit different commands on base that can give them a glimpse at those career fields in action.
“I want to be an engineer because I like science and math and feel that I do really well in that field,” said Karen Lopez, student from Oceanside High School. “I learned a lot from this visit like that everybody works in groups I mean everyone works together.” Lopez graduates in 2014 and is planning to attend college to pursue a career in civil engineering and hopes to return when the hospital is complete.
Over the last 18 years more than 9,000 students have benefited from STC’s partnership with Camp Pendleton. The visiting students get a glimpse at a wide variety of trades and careers that reflect the “real world” job market. High Schools from San Clemente, Oceanside, and Fallbrook participate in the program.
"To go beyond school grounds and tour a working construction site is truly an experience for the students," said Wayne Johnson, Engineering Technician, ROICC. "Each student experienced the sights, sounds, and energy of a major construction project. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) welcomes the opportunity to speak with the students to excite them about a career in the engineering field and possibly within the Department of the Navy."
Wayne Johnson gave the students an overview of the hospital construction site, answered questions, and then took them on an in-depth tour of the 67 acre, $455 million dollar project.
The STC program will continues throughout 2013.