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Through the looking glass: Middle school students tour career paths

Through the looking glass: Middle school students tour career paths

Last week KISD Career Center hosted a three day college and career expo for Killeen Independent School District (KISD) 8th grade students. Students from the district’s middle schools came to tour the career center.  Students got a head start on deciding what careers they might want learn about as soon as they enter the 9th grade.

“Students are having a fantastic time. I think it is very beneficial for students to talk to the business community about what jobs are available and the earning potential of specific careers,” said Alison Belliveau, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, KISD. “The college session is important so the students will know what to focus on in high school.”

Students had the chance to check out classrooms that teach subjects such as cosmetology, automotive technology, welding, medical science and animal science. Students at the career center showed the middle school students what they could be doing next year if they wish.

“This is going great! Our kids are having a great opportunity to look at careers and their futures. They are going to get a lot of insight. The kids seem very excited and engaged,” said Logan Chaney, Assistant Principal, Palo Alto Middle School. “It is great to see some of my former students touring the hallways with my current 8th graders.”

Local businesses also came to the expo and had sessions where the students could see what places of employment are looking for and the skills that could be learned at the career center. Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, Baylor Scott & White Health, Hope Pregnancy Center and Metroplex were on site to discuss jobs available within the medical sciences field.

Students interested in tourism and hospitality could talk to representatives from Killeen Convention & Visitors Bureau, Shilo Inn, Central Texas College- Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, First Command Financial Planning and Texas A&M University- Central Texas were available to help students decide if a career in education or human service is the choice for them.

“I love it here. I think it will be a great place. I am really excited to be here with my daughter,” commented Mary Davis, Killeen Resident. “She is going to go into animal science.”

Students that enjoyed the expo had the chance to bring their parents Thursday night to an open house. Students showed parents around the campus and talked to them about what careers and classes they were interested in taking. Parents enjoyed touring the campus as much as the kids, especially parents that went to KISD before such options were available.

“The kids that come here from the junior high are really interested in what we offer in high school. I have all my students present to give all the junior high tours. The 8th graders expressed their feelings about the program and what the automotive industry has to offer,” said Lee Williams, Teacher, Automotive Technology.

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