Students rotate through series of 20-minute sessions to hear about job pathways.

Jefferson County Middle School is hosting its first College and Career Fair on Friday, April 19.

The kickoff assembly will start at 1:15 p.m. and run until 1:40, at which time students will be released to see the first guest speakers. Students have signed up to see different speakers ahead of time. After a 20-minute session, they rotate to another guest speaker for another 20-minute session.

The guest speakers are made up of community members who will present the pathway they took to their career. A representative from OSU will also be present to speak to students about how to pay for college, as well as a representative from COCC, who will show students two-year college options.

The High Desert Education Service District's career technical education coordinator will be present to discuss trade schools as an avenue of post-secondary education, they may also be bringing two virtual welders for students to experiment.

"We are trying to encourage students to think about their future early and help them understand that there are many pathways to a desired career," Shannon Richards, a seventh grade language arts teacher at JCMS wrote in an email. "I had all seventh-graders do a college/career research project last month and many expressed concern about being able to afford a post-secondary education. I'm excited to show students that their future can be affordable," she said.

The school is also encouraging a positive school culture through college and career spirit week. Each day of the week, students will dress up in a college or career theme and have the opportunity to win Chromebooks on an individual basis and a rotating class trophy on a collective level.

Madras High School is also holding a career fair today, April 17, to help students get information on career paths and find summer job and internship opportunities.

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