SAN DIEGO – USS Curts (FFG 38) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Fermin Espinoza, participated at Granger Junior High School’s Career Fair Dec. 15, in National City, Calif.
“I’m a first-generation American, and a lot of the students at Granger are first-generation Americans,” said Espinoza. “One of the things I want them to know is that they can reach any height in whatever career they choose. I want to show them I’m in an organization, the Navy, that is very diverse and if they have a good work ethic and are focused, they can be very successful.”
Speaking to nearly 100 students in two different sessions, Espinoza gave insight into military life and the life choices that led him to become a commanding officer.
“We live in a country where it doesn’t matter where we come from or what you look like, you can aspire to be whatever you want,” said Espinoza. “I brought members of my wardroom to show the diversity and different backgrounds of each Sailor in the Navy. I began my Naval career as an enlisted Sailor and 26 years later I’m commanding a U.S. Navy warship. The Navy offers opportunities to those who are willing to serve their country.”
Granger Junior High School holds its career fair once a year, showcasing speakers from the military, doctors, firemen, and other professions.
“We want the children to focus on going to college and to see the many professions and opportunities our country has to offer,” said Hortensia Bryan, a physical education teacher at Granger Junior High School. “We bring the professionals here to explain their career path and what they do on a day-to-day basis. Our main goal is to motivate the children and inspire them to achieve their goals.”
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