Eighth Graders Learn About Pathways
Over the last two months, 3,848 Rutherford County School 8th graders have participated in Rutherford Works Career Pathway Fairs across the county. The 8th Grade Career Pathway Fair is designed for eighth grade students at area middle schools to learn about Career & Technical Education (CTE) Pathways of study at their zoned high school. Therefore, allowing them to make a more informed decision when registering for high school classes in the spring.
This experience brings high school students, teachers, and industry partners together to share details on career pathway options. More than 97 industry partners volunteered as guest speakers to discuss the types of jobs available, career paths, educational opportunities, and much more with middle school students.
When surveyed, 98% of middle school teachers stated the pathway fairs were a good use of their students’ time. A local middle school teacher also stated, “The students came back ready to leave us and head to high school! Great Job, wonderful experience for the students! Thank You!”
89% of teachers surveyed also believed the Pathway Fairs were very impactful in helping students determine their course of study in high school. After the event another teacher commented, "Thank everyone so very much for this. It is a big undertaking, but one that I feel is necessary. There are so many things they need to know and be aware of and some do not have to support for that. This was very beneficial for students and the majority wanted to discuss information they learned."