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Forsyth Schools host inaugural college and career fair

Over 130 businesses, colleges talk with students

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Hundreds of Forsyth County Schools’ students attend the college and career fair.
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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County students had the chance to explore life after high school Feb. 2 during the inaugural college and career fair.

Over 130 different businesses, clubs, colleges and high school counselors answered questions and talked with students about career pathways and volunteer opportunities.

Valery Lowe, director of College and Career Development for the district, said both eighth grade students and high schoolers attended.

The booths were organized by the different pathways offered in the district, including engineering, culinary arts and marketing. Local businesses that fall under each category set up booths in their respective area.

The county’s co-curricular organizations with leadership programs and competitive events, such as Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and Georgia First Robotics, also set up booths.

Groups like the Forsyth County Public Library had a booth to talk with kids about volunteering, according to Stephanie Hambson, youth services supervisor at the Hampton Park Library.

“The fair is a wonderful way to reach out to kids in the community, tell them about the services we provide and educate them about what we do in the local library,” she said. “We talked to a lot of kids. It was very successful.”

One of those students was Colin Lamons, an eighth grader at Otwell Middle School. He said he’s been trying to figure out what to do with his life and the fair helped narrow his choices.

“When I came here, I was overwhelmed with a lot of good options,” Lamons said. “I saw a lot of things that interest me. The best parts were meeting new people and seeing what you can do with your life.”

It’s currently registration season for many of the middle schools, Lowe said, making the fair perfect timing for the some 3,400 8th grade attendees.

“We tried to make it where they find out what courses they can take in high school, ask questions of teachers and find out what’s expected of them,” Lowe said. Hopefully they’ll make more educated decisions about what they want to do when they get to high school.”

The roughly 4,500 high school students came for the same purpose, but they were able to chat with colleges.

“We want kids to be as focused as they can when they get to high school,” Lowe said. “In these types of courses, kids are very engaged and want to go to school. If a kid can focus on what they want to do, it’ll help with completion of a pathway and high school graduation. If you come and talk to our teachers and students here, you really learn what it’s going to be like in the program.”

Forsyth is a district that is focused on helping students find their passions, whatever and wherever that is, Lowe said.

“We have a lot of options for students, but we want to make sure they know those options,” Lowe said. “We’re getting to where we have schools of choice. So they need to know what those offer. Kids really have that choice. We want them to find their passion and then find where they want to go to school.”

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