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1,200 HCS high school freshmen explore careers during the annual My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program
High school freshmen from all four high schools had the opportunity to explore careers during the My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program on October 20, 2021. The event was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Over 1,200 students attended exhibits and demonstrations from over 70 businesses and community partners, with over 100 business professionals on site. The individual academies from each high school also participated with displays. Health and safety mitigation strategies were put in place and each high school attended at different times throughout the day.
This opportunity is designed to introduce students to many college and career paths and to allow them to gain a deeper understanding of each particular career pathway through engaging and interactive activities.
Students were encouraged to visit several booths, ask meaningful questions, and gather information from the vendors. They were each provided with a passport to record their information.
"The My Future My Journey Expo was an enriching and engaging experience for Hampton's ninth-grade students, said School Board member and Family Restoration Services owner Stephanie Jackson Afonja. "The diversity and volume of businesses present was a glaring display of how this community is committed to our school division. Representatives from my business, Family Restoration Services, were able to speak to so many students, empowering them to make informed decisions about their futures. The Academies of Hampton leadership and all staff and students who helped organize this event did so in the true spirit of excellence consistent with Hampton City Schools!"
For a complete list of vendors, click here.