8th Grade Career Pathway Fairs
The middle school career pathway fair was designed to help 8th grade students make a more informed choice on which Career & Technical Education Pathway they plan to study during high school. In the State of Tennessee, students are required to complete at least three credits in one CTE Pathway or in the ROTC, Fine Arts or AP Pathways.
The first middle school career pathway fair was held at Whitworth Buchannan Middle School in May 2014. Students at Whitworth Buchannan are zoned for Oakland and Riverdale High Schools. From those high schools, eight different pathways were chosen and guest speakers from related industries were invited to come and speak to the students about their job and required education. Speakers were based in 8 classrooms and students rotated through each “pathway station” by homeroom.