Cassie McIff dreams of one day being an animator.

But between now and then, McIff, a ninth-grader at Spectrum Academy in Pleasant Grove, knows she’ll need another job.

And after getting a tour Tuesday morning, she now sees a job at doTerra as a possibility.

“The manufacturing area was really cool,” McIff said.

She was also interested in the call center area.

Tuesday’s tour of doTerra in Pleasant Grove was the last Transition Mentoring Day that will be held in Utah County this school year. The mentoring days give local students with disabilities tours and information about careers at nearby businesses.

Part of the program is about alerting the 14- to 21-year-old students to potential careers that could be a good fit for them.

Leah Lobato, the director of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, which hosts the program, said the tours give students the chance to experience a company’s culture.

“Getting to see so many aspects of a business opens the possibilities for them,” Lobato said.

Tuesday’s event at included teaching students about different careers at doTerra and tours of different departments.

The tour days also expose businesses to people with disabilities in an effort to get companies to hire and retain them.

McKay Brown, the senior director of community relations with doTerra, said the Transition Mentoring Day fits with the company’s mission.

“It was easy to say yes,” he said.

He said doTerra has always employed people with disabilities across multiple departments.

While the company commonly does tours, Tuesday’s was the first of its type there.

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities will also hold a career exploration and job fair for people with disabilities April 10 in Taylorsville. For more information, go to

Braley Dodson covers health and education for the Daily Herald.