Tue, Jan 5 2016
LeTourneau University will welcome over 1,000 eighth graders from 15 school districts around East Texas Friday, Jan. 8, for a college and career readiness fair, in partnership with the Piney East Perkins Consortium which serves 19 school districts.
The morning session begins at 8:45 with a 20-minute welcome before students attend three separate 30-minute career-discussion sessions. The morning session will include 563 students from Beckville, Big Sandy, Harleton, Hawkins, New Diana, Ore City, Quitman and Waskom. The morning sessions end at 11:05 a.m.
The afternoon session will mirror the morning schedule, with a 20-minute welcome beginning at 12:10 p.m. The afternoon session will include 536 students from Arp, Tatum, Troup, Union Grove, Union Hill, White Oak and Winnsboro. The afternoon sessions end at 2:30 p.m.
“The purpose of the event is to give students entering high school next year the opportunity to identify career paths and to understand the educational requirements of those professions,” said LETU Dean for Arts and Sciences Dr. Larry Frazier. “The students will hear from professionals and educators who can help these students identify a successful educational path to achieve their career goals.”
Career fields represented include STEM and Health Science; Law & Public Safety/Government; Architecture and Construction; Arts & AV Technology and Information Technology; Agriculture and Manufacturing; Hospital and Human Services; Business, Finance and Marketing; Transportation and Logistics; and Education.
The Piney East Perkins Consortium seeks to help districts maximize college and technical education opportunities for students to enable those students to become life-long learners and ensure their success past high school. Kelly Muffoleto, career and technical education coordinator for the consortium, organized the event speakers.