At the CEC Middle College we are about preparing our students for their futures—the “real world” as it is often called. We offer college courses and credit, career and technical education and to culminate their experience at CEC, many students take part in internships to learn more about their desired careers. The benefit of this experience is that students find out both what they like to do and what they don’t. We see it as a win-win. Why not learn the answers to those questions in high school before spending hundreds or even thousands of hours and dollars only to find that the path doesn’t suit the student?
This semester one student is exploring her chosen career path of journalism, while also giving back to her school as a voice on the CEC website. She will be covering many topics around the school through the eyes of a student.
We hope you will enjoy her contributions. Take a moment to get to know her through a recent conversation we had with CEC Student Reporter, Alex Loya.
Alex, how old are you and what grade are you in?
I am 17 and am a Senior at CEC.
Why did you choose CEC?
I chose CEC because I wanted to follow in my sister’s footsteps and graduate with my CNA license. But through my experiences at CEC, I found that wasn’t the path for me. Fortunately, I found out what I do love and have ended up starting down a totally different career path.
Since you’re a senior, what is next for you? Have you been accepted to college for the fall?
So far I’ve been accepted to every college I’ve applied too, but I’m still waiting for my number one choice, CSU in Fort Collins. I’m crossing my fingers!
What is your favorite thing about CEC?
The teachers. Most definitely. They are the best! Ever since freshman year they have always been there for me, always motivated and influenced me. I just think it’s so cool how they become family!
How has CEC helped you start reaching your goals?
CEC has put me a step ahead of most high school students, with more than 12 college credits. I was also able to experience actual college life at Auraria Campus, and had the opportunity to work directly with my career path, broadcast journalism!
So you took a college level Journalism class? What was that like?
I took the Journalism class at CCD and started by creating my own blog, which consisted of studying media and how it is changing. We also made a video in which we had to do what I love to most, interviewing others and standing in front of the camera.
Why did you choose to intern with the CEC Communications Department?
I have always been a fan of writing. As a matter of fact it’s one of my many passions. I chose this internship to give myself an insight into the life of a journalist. My dream is to major in broadcast journalism.
How did you find your passion for journalism?
Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a news reporter; I even participated in a ”News Reporters of the Future” show on a local news channel in the seventh grade.
Have you done something REAL at CEC?
Yes! This internship is just one of the many opportunities I have had to create my future. And this is only the beginning. I’m excited to work with my peers and teachers to create an even better image for our school and community!
How do you think CEC is different from other high schools?
The opportunities at CEC are much greater. At the school you can work hands-on and become knowledgeable in a field you can actually have a career in. It is also the only school I know of that has the juniors and seniors away from the high school grounds and learning on a college campus! The school and classes are small which creates a better learning environment and relationship with the teachers.