HOUSTON – Sept. 23, 2019 – What do you want to be when you grow up? That can be a tough question to answer for any middle school student, especially when more information is needed to make that big decision.
The Spring ISD Career and Technical Education Department will be providing details on many options at its 2019 Career Destination event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Spring ISD Community Engagement Center, 17125 Ella Blvd. Designed especially for eighth graders, the event will offer choices and information for them to consider as they think about high school and beyond.
“It’s open to all grade levels, the community, all staff, but the focus is eighth graders so that they can make decisions on what they want to study when they get to high school,” said Cynthia Williams, Spring ISD’s CTE director.
She added that CTE teachers and some of their high school students will be on hand to give demonstrations and answer questions about more than a dozen pathways, including architecture, health sciences, information technology, engineering, education and others.
While the event is scheduled to run from late afternoon to early evening, CTE Coordinator Phylicia Hill stressed that attendees can stay as briefly or as long as they wish.
“It’s open, it’s set up like a fair, there’s no introduction or program. You just come in, visit the pathways that interest you and interact with our students and teachers,” said Hill.
Williams said she hopes students who take part in the event will walk away with a better understanding of their options and interests.
“It’s exciting. Some of them see so many different things that it’s hard for them to make a decision, but at least they are exposed to it early, and they can do more research on it, ask questions and narrow it down,” said Williams. She also stressed that the CTE program has flexibility and students can change their minds about their choices through the 10th grade.
There will be door prizes for participants and the middle school with the highest number of attendees will receive a special prize for their campus.