SCMS Holds Career Fair

Stephens County eighth graders take a trip to the high school to think about both their short-term and long-term future.

Wednesday, Stephens County Middle School held its annual career fair at a new location this year, Stephens County High School.

At the career fair, 8th graders have the opportunity to learn about different careers in a number of different fields.

Stephens County Middle School Graduation Coach Renee Herron said it is all about preparing the eighth graders for high school.

“We are held to certain standards as a school system,” said Herron. “There is a new set of accountability standards that we have to adhere to, the CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index). So we have to show that we are preparing for the students at the next level. What that means at the Middle School is eighth graders create an individual graduation plan and they have to choose a career pathway.”

The career fair, Herron said, allows them to make an informed decision when they register for classes.

With the career fair at the high school this year, the eighth graders also had a chance to take a brief tour of the high school that they will attend next year.

Herron said that was a great opportunity for the 8th graders.

“It gives them an opportunity to become a little more familiar with the building and I think anytime you are able to get a little more comfortable with a building or an area, it gets you more comfortable to go into that situation,” said Herron.

Herron went on to say that the Middle School appreciates all of the support and participation from area businesses and industries.