Grayson County High School will host its second annual College and Career Fair for Juniors and Seniors on Friday, November 22 from 8:30 a.m to 10:45 a.m.
Organized by first year GCHS chemistry teachers Jenna Cantway and Brittany Stone, the fair will take place in the high school’s gym and feature booths for a number of local businesses, all branches of the military, and colleges from across the state.
The attending businesses, colleges, and military branches will be asked to provide information on the inner workings of what they do, as well as the skills, training, and education students will need to be successful in those career paths.
The fair will go along with Grayson County Schools’ Individual Learning Plan initiative, which tailors a student’s education to his or her interests, starting in middle school, Cantway said.
Students have the opportunity to renew their ILP every subsequent year.
Based on the interests the students specify, the school system will also provide information for the students about possible higher education and/or careers they can pursue, Stone said.
Fellow GCHS Science teacher Lisa Skaggs said, “A major emphasis for our school is having students college and career ready.”
Stone and Cantway have taken this approach to the College and Career fair, as well.
“We want the businesses to tell [the students] what it takes to get this career,” Cantway said. “We want this to be very informative for them.”
Skaggs said she hopes the fair will be an “eye-opener” for some students who may have not been exposed to college and higher education opportunities.
Currently, about 20 local businesses, ten colleges, and all branches of the military have agreed to set up booths at the fair.
Cantway said during the fair, she and Stone will also be handing out entry and exit surveys to determine what elements about the fair the students found beneficial.