State Department of Education (HIDOE) middle school students from across Oahu
attended the third annual Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education’s Middle
School Career Industry Fair at the Hawaii Convention Center this morning.
Students from Central Middle, Dole Middle, Jarrett Middle, Kalakaua Middle,
Nanakuli High & Intermediate, Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate,
Waianae Intermediate, Waipahu Intermediate and Washington Middle visited with
more than 65 exhibitors and participated in activities designed to educate them
about various career pathways.
event is a valuable opportunity for our students to learn about the diverse
career options at their fingertips and the education they need in order to get
there," said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. "By starting
this dialogue when they’re in middle school, it will give our students a sense
of purpose when it comes to their high school educational experiences."
goal of the event was to introduce students to high skill, in-demand careers so
they could start planning for their future. Prior to attending, students took
the RIASEC test to assess their skills and
interests. Students were given a "Passport" at the event and tasked
with visiting five exhibitors and referencing the results of their test for
guidance on which ones to visit.
want to help students see that education is the pathway to career success,”
added Stephen Schatz, Executive Director of Hawai‘i P-20. “We need to build
partnerships between education and industry, and create a seamless educational
pipeline that ensures the future generation of workers will meet the demands of
our growing economy.”
celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, the event features
exhibitors from University of Hawai‘i programs, companies and industry partners
representing the nine CTE pathways including Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Department
of Land and Natural Resources, Oceanit, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts,
National Security Agency, Blue Planet Foundation, PBS Hawai‘i and more.
thought the fair was fun and interactive,” shared Washington Middle seventh
grader Brynn Fulcher. “I’m hoping to become a photographer or go into graphic
design, so it was interesting to visit those booths and hear from the people
actually doing these jobs.”
event was in partnership with Connect to Careers (C2C), a coalition of
Hawai‘iʻs businesses, economic development and education partners to prepare
students for success in high-skill, in-demand careers.
more information about Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education and their
initiatives to prepare Hawai‘i's students for college and careers, click here.