WALNUT – After 13 years spent dreaming of becoming a pilot, Jim Soto came a bit closer to takeoff after touring part of the flight program at Mt. San Antonio College. “The flight simulation and aeronautics was pretty interesting,” said the 18-year-old Diamond Bar High School student. “When I was 5 years old I saw a plane and it inspired me.” In September he will be part of this program. Soto was one of more than 400 high school seniors who participated in the college’s annual Senior’s Day on Wednesday to get a taste of life on a college campus. “I hope that they get choices to make more informed decisions about their life after they graduate,” said Mt. SAC outreach coordinator Ida Cuenza. They will “get a taste for it and see how this will contribute to their future,” she said. Students interested in technology, business, media and design, health and teaching careers had a chance to explore school facilities related to their field of interest. A good portion of the students chose to tour the campus health center where they watch paramedic trainees practice rescue and automobile extraction scenarios and intubation and CPR performed on a mannequin. Rose Garcia, 17, from Pomona’s Ganesha High School, wants to be a registered nurse and was surprised that the mannequins used in training were so lifelike. “They actually blinked and had heartbeats and a pulse if you touched their wrists,” Garcia said. With the current nursing shortage, Lance Wilcher, professor of pediatrics and neurological endocrine disorders, told the students the medical field can make for a lucrative career. “You can get a job anywhere in the United States, anywhere in the world,” he said. “You get paid really well. And at the end you get to go to sleep with a good feeling because you probably just helped save somebody’s life.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!