DPS students look to the future

Eighth-grade students from across DPS participate in Career Fair

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Nearly 4,000 students wearing business casual clothes filled the halls at the National Western Complex in early November. The eighth-graders met with companies, colleges and high schools from across the state, giving them a chance to ask questions about the next steps in their lives, according to a news release from Denver Public Schools.

This was the ninth annual Eighth-Grade Career Fair, and the district estimated that 90 companies, 30 high schools as well as 15 colleges and universities participated in the Nov. 6 event. The National Western Complex is located at 4655 Humboldt St. in north Denver. Mayor Michael B. Hancock kicked off the event with an introductory speech.

According to the Career Fair website, 70 percent of students surveyed at the event were interested in careers that would require them to take more coursework.

DPS is working to expose students to different careers early on in their schooling, the news release said. Students start Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) activities in the sixth grade, which leads to more structured guidance in high school.

“The Eighth-Grade Career Fair is not only part of a student’s ICAP, but it also allows students at an early age to begin planning their future and setting long- and short-term goals,” said Miriam Linden, DPS counseling coordinator. “When students can begin to see the career possibilities that exist, then they can begin to make connections between their education and how it directly correlates to their career goals.”

For more information on the Eighth-Grade Career Fair, visit http://dps8thgradecareerfair.dpsk12.org/.

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