Hundreds of high school students thronged career-oriented exhibits and displays set up in a large aircraft hangar at the annual Salute to Youth career fair. Antelope Valley-area high school students learned of career opportunities at NASA and scores of other potential employers during the 19th annual Salute to Youth career day in Palmdale, Calif. An estimated 2,500 juniors and seniors from numerous high schools in the Antelope Valley area attended the career exploration event Sept. 26.
The event, located just outside NASA's new Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility at U.S. Air Force Plant 42, included several NASA Dryden aircraft and other NASA exhibits. Dryden employees discussed their careers at NASA and answered questions of students.
A NASA Dryden F-18 aircraft and NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, were on display, along with numerous other military and civil aircraft. Scores of exhibits from other organizations representing career opportunities in aerospace, law enforcement, industrial technology, information technology, business, arts, media and communication, agriculture, environment and natural resources, health sciences, consumer family science, law and government, public service, education and other specialties, all clustered into eight different career pathways, rounded out the event.
Palmdale High School students Erika Espinoza and Sasheana Busch were just two of hundreds of students who visited the NASA Dryden career exhibits at Salute to Youth.
(NASA Dryden photos / Tom Tschida) View Larger Image The Salute to Youth career day was sponsored by the Regional Occupational Program of the Antelope Valley Union High School District and hosted by the Los Angeles World Airports / Palmdale Regional Airport. Other major participants included the United States Air Force, the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, and numerous Antelope Valley and Southern California-based businesses, government agencies and community service organizations.