Counselors Learn about MSJC Career Education Program Benefits to Students

June 12, 2018

Mt. San Jacinto College Career Education department hosted a counselor summit on June 6, 2018 at the Menifee Valley Campus to promote the different career education programs available and how students entering the workforce can benefit from the programs. The event attracted 75 local high school counselors and MSJC professionals. During the workshop, they also learned of the statewide initiative to re-brand Career Education. 

Career Education, previously known as Career Technical Education (CTE), is undergoing a statewide re-branding campaign.  Career Education programs are designed to engage, motivate, and prepare students for the future. They are the pathways that allow students to learn by exploring, collaborating, and doing. Career Education programs offer a variety of associate degrees, certificates or employment concentration certificates.

“Two out of three jobs require a certificate and/or associates degree, not a bachelor’s,” said presenter Meghan Curley Basgall, a counselor at MSJC.

She said Career Education programs prepare students for careers in a range of industries and pathways. The coursework meets job and employer needs and programs can lead to immediate employment.

The state of California has identified 15 industry sectors which each contain multiple career pathways. MSJC offers a variety of programs in eleven of those sectors:

  • Agricultural and Natural Resources
  • Arts, Media and Entertainment
  • Business and Finance
  • Education, Child Development and Family Services
  • Energy, Environment and Utilities
  • Engineering and Architecture 
  • Health Science and Medical Technology 
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation 
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Public Services
  • Automotive and Transportation Technology

To learn more regarding programs offered under each industry sector, please visit or contact the Career Education office at 951-639-5352.

Seventy-five professionals collaborate and discuss different career and educational opportunities for students at the high school and college level during a June 6 summit at Mt. San Jacinto College that attracted dozens of high school counselors.

Mt. San Jacinto College Career Education counselors Betsaida Ramos and Meghan Curley Basgall following their presentation at the Career Education counselor summit on June 6.

Alan Marsala, Department Co-Chair of Digital Media, during his presentation on programs available in Digital Media. ​​​