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Hundreds of grade 8 students plan out their next steps at Career Pathways

October 12, 2017


GUELPH, Ontario – If you ever want to experience what pure excitement feels like, you may want to attend the next Career Pathways event.

On Thursday, hundreds of grade 8 students from the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board were at the Hanlon Convention Centre in Guelph for Career Pathways Guelph-Wellington.

Career Pathways is hosted by the Career Education Council. It’s an interactive event that provides grade 8 students with insights into career options – highlighting local employers and priority sectors. More than 1,300 students weaved in and out of displays and interactive booths set up by local employers, community partners and educators.

The event offers grade 8 students, who will soon be starting secondary school, the chance to meet with employers from a broad range of careers now, in order to make informed choices for their high school courses, education, co-op, volunteering and future employment.

There were more than 40 displays set up for students to check out, with community representatives ranging from the Guelph Police Service and Linamar, to the Stratford Chefs School and representatives from the UGDSB’s SHSM, Co-op and OYAP programs.

Staff from Centennial CVI and Guelph CVI wowed the students with robotics and electric cars, and local representatives answered the many questions the grade 8s had about working in their fields.

For organizations and community partners, the event was a tremendous way to engage and inspire our future workforce and community members. And the students walked away invigorated by the possible pathways opening up to them.

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