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About 1,000 area high school freshmen descended on the Redding Civic Auditorium on Friday to learn about tech-related careers.

Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day was the first of its kind put on by the Shasta County Office of Education, according to Chris Dell, director of STEM Education for the county office of education.

goal today is to give kids a chance to see career as their goal in
education,” Dell said. “Data show a STEM career is a great paying job”
and there will be more of those jobs needing to be filled in the future.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and the some 40 to 50 businesses that participated in Friday’s event showed that STEM career opportunities exist in Redding. Among the businesses and agencies participating were Op-Test,
startup FireWhat, Ebbex, Build It, TransferFlow, Sea Breacher, Air Cover, MC2 Design Group, Caltrans, REU, Vestra and Ted Pella.

Local universities and colleges also were on hand to share information on STEM educational programs, such as Shasta College, Simpson University, Chico State University, and the Institute of Technology.

Students participated in interactive presentations, learning first-hand how science and technology directly relate to careers.