Eighth grade students from Bluegrass Middle School, East Hardin Middle School, James T. Alton Middle School, North Middle School, West Hardin Middle School and St. James Regional Catholic School will load a bus next week and venture to the HCS Early College & Career Center (EC3) for the Hardin County Schools Eighth Grade Career Exploration Fair.
They will begin to look at the career pathways that will be available to them when they enroll at Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School and North Hardin High School next school year. Students will take guided tours of EC3 and interact with high school students that currently take courses in one the school’s career pathways. Those pathways include health science, information technology, welding, air & space, TV production, engineering, culinary arts, early college and automotive technology.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore what is waiting for them in high school,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “In just four years, these eighth graders will be asking themselves questions like, ‘Should I go to college? Should I enter the workforce? Should I enter a branch of the military service?’ They need to have a plan when they walk across our graduation stages. This career exploration fair exposes them to pathways we know help turn students into successful employees.”
Students attend the Career Exploration Fair from 9 am to 1:30 pm on Monday (November 27), Tuesday (November 28) and Thursday (November 30).
“Our career pathways help students earn college credit and give them real-world experiences,” Morgan added. “We want students and parents to realize the opportunities that wait for them in high school. Our partnerships with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and our other post-secondary education partners are allowing students take college classes all day – on a college campus -- and graduate high school with nearly 60 college hours. I want people to understand that the opportunities to succeed in this district are endless. But, you must start preparing to take the appropriate courses and finding a pathway in 8th grade. Their road to success begins now. We are dedicated to helping our students compete and win a global marketplace.”
There will be a chance for parents of middle school students to see these pathways at the HCS Opportunities Fair in January, 2018.