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This week, more than 600 middle school students from Hawkins County Schools had the opportunity to learn about area businesses and industries. The eighth grade students attended the Career Exploration Day held at Volunteer High School and at several at area businesses.

Representatives from 13 local businesses and 12 Career Technical Education classes provided information to Church Hill Middle and Surgoinsville Middle School students. Students were able to spend time focusing on their area of interest as well as speak to other professionals from various careers. Some organizations provided handouts or showcased product exhibits, while others had hands-on activities. Northeast State Community College Career Services and Tennessee College of Applied Technology were also on-hand to provide information about the various programs they have available.

Representatives from 13 local businesses also provided on-site facility tours to our students at Rogersville Middle School, Clinch, and Bulls Gap School. Students were given the opportunity to shadow a representative and ask questions about various aspects of the careers within the company. Students were also provided a presentation by TN/VA Scholars association which highlighted the importance of choosing a career tailored to your interests.

The Career Exploration Program is a program designed for 8th grade students to generate interest and excitement about potential careers after graduation.  

It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.