Ethel Kight Magnet School recently held a career day event for students.
Representatives from more than 20 local businesses visited the school and gave presentations to all classes at the school. Businesses were selected to correlate to the State of Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index. CCRPI is a curriculum to promote college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students.
CCRPI holds schools accountable and rewards them for the work they do in all subjects, and is designed to prepare students to be college and career ready. The index measures how schools prepare students for success.
For the EKMS Career Day, many students dressed in a career of their choice such as veterinarians, doctors, nurses, chefs, singers, professional athletes and teachers. They enjoyed talking about and discussing why they were interested in certain careers.
The business representatives not only shared information about their business, but also brought visual aids to share with the students. Several businesses brought small tokens for the students to keep.
Participating businesses included LaGrange Fire Department, Canine Companion, Troup County Animal Shelter, Children’s Dentistry of West Georgia, Georgia Pacific Forestry, Walmart Distribution, LaGrange Police Department, Clear Channel Communications, West Georgia Health ER, LaGrange College, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, Home Health Nurse, Troup County School System’s Energy Conservation Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Milliken and Company Manufacturing, Sammy D’s Restaurant and McGhee Masonry; and featured LaGrange Mayor-elect Jim Thornton, Patrick Crews speaking about finance and banking, and Kristina Thurman of the Chick-fil-A marketing department.
The EKMS Career Day is a project of the school’s counseling department and is coordinated by Lennice Parker, school counselor. Parker and school Principal Candace McGhee both thanked all of the local businesses who gave their time and resources for the event.