Penn State employees host youths for annual career exploration event

By Brynna Ziegler
6th grader, Mount Nittany Middle School, State College Area School District

Coquese Washington, head coach of the Lady Lions basketball team, ended the formal morning program of Penn State's annual Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day event today (April 23) with a speech about following your heart. Today, many children and young adults had the opportunity to see where following their career dreams took their parents and other mentors who work at Penn State, and learn about many of the jobs there are to dream about at the University.

The day began with a breakfast at the Bryce Jordan Center, where more than 300 middle school and high school students, along with their parents or mentors, were gathered before the start of the day's activities. The morning was split into three hour-long sessions where parents and students could attend 48 different career presentations as well as research demonstrations.

After the sessions, the participants regrouped at the Bryce Jordan Center for lunch and Washington's keynote talk; she called all the students up to the front of the room to deliver directly to them her inspiring speech on the topic of following your heart and your dreams.

For the rest of the afternoon, students shadowed their employee counterparts at their job sites. After today, many of our dreams are more defined.

To see photos from the event, visit online.

For additional information about Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2009, visit


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Last Updated November 18, 2010