Career Day

Baines Middle School’s 2018 Career Day was held on Feb. 2, 2018, and featured Houston Police Department (HPD) Chief Art Acevedo as the keynote speaker. The annual event motivates eighth grade students to begin thinking about their futures and the various career paths available to them.
“We were thrilled that Chief Acevedo accepted our invitation to speak at Career Day,” said J.J. Roberts, principal. Acevedo used his unique background to talk to the students about career choices. Born in Cuba, Acevedo was 4 years old when he migrated to the United States with his family in 1968. Acevedo grew up in California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California. Acevedo began his law enforcement career in 1986 as field patrol officer in East Los Angeles with the California Highway Patrol. He rose through the ranks and was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005.  Acevedo served nine years as Chief of the Austin Police Department before joining the Houston Police Department.
    In additional to hearing from Chief Acevedo, students attended a Junior Achievement presentation and listened to local professionals in classroom settings. The event also featured an exhibit hall, where students interacted with local professionals, trade school students and teachers, and college representatives. Vicki Gutierrez, the Human Resources Vice President at Crawford Electrical Supply, discussed the ramifications of social media in the workplace with the students.
    This day would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many people.  First and foremost, thanks to chairperson Sobana Rajagopal and her 2018 Career Day Committee: Karen Zylicz, Tracy Donovan, Seema Weinig, Smita Parikh, Nicole Cox, Trang Revere, Kerri Bridges, Kim Janak, Ginsu Varghese, Elizabeth Hodges, Marcy Cashion, Barry Yavar and Johnnie Wright. Also, a huge Longhorn thank you goes out to the Principal JJ Roberts, Assistant Principal Dr. Matthew Milner, 8th grade counselor Maria Brockie, the front office staff, the custodial staff and all the parent and student volunteers. Extra special thanks to all guest speakers and exhibitors who took time away from their busy lives to participate!  Without you, there would be no Career Day!