Cros-Lex plans first career fair for students on February 8, 2017
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools is planning to introduce its first career fair to students next month. Bethany Davis, Cros-Lex Middle School principal, said the goal of the event is to give student different perspectives when it comes to the various career pathways available.
"(They will be) really understanding the different career opportunities they have and really getting that 'day in the life' feel for the different careers out there," Davis said. "It's one thing to read about it online. But to be able to actually talk to someone and ask questions – that’ll be very powerful."
The career fair will be open to about 500 students. Fifth, seventh and ninth through 12th grade students will all be in attendance.
Parent volunteer Monica Schell was the driving force behind getting the career fair in motion, Davis said.
The fair will be held on Feb. 8 at Cros-Lex High School. Schell said those who are interested in setting up a spot at the career fair can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cros-Lex High School at (810) 679-1500.
Schell said she was inspired to get it running for after volunteering at other career fairs. Students at those district's were surprised to learn about what Schell, who works from home as a senior software consultant, does for a living. "They didn't know there was a possibility that they could do that," she said. "Being a doctor or lawyer is great and we definitely need those. But there are so many other positions that are looking for people. This is an opportunity for these children to learn what's out there." Schell said she invited 120 different businesses with a variety backgrounds. She has already had a mechanical engineer and a nuclear engineer who worked in a naval sub.
Davis said the fair will fit into ongoing career education at the middle school. The students use a web-based portal to explore and create plans for their careers and pathways. Davis said she is looking forward to see what the career fair can do for students.
Each student will be expected to visit a variety of stations to gain the most exposure.
"I'm just so hopeful that this is a real success and becomes an annual tradition in our building," Davis said.
The career fair will start at 8:30 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.
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