Baylee Tompkins and Bryce Tompkins, both eight-graders at Highlands Junior, prepare to visit booths at the 4th Annual College and Career Fair.  

Highlands Junior School recently hosted its 4th Annual HJS College and Career Fair for eighth-grade students to help them with their high school options. Students discussed career opportunities and career paths with participants as well as learned about educational requirements, salaries and skill requirements. College participants provided information about course offerings and acceptance requirements.

Students watched demonstrations with creatures from the Wetlands Center, participated in hair styling by Lee High School Cosmetology and picked up informative flyers and giveaway items as they planned how to make the most of their time in visiting booths in their areas of interest.

Participants in the Business and Industry career path were AmCap Home Loans and Banking; Baytown Nature Center/Eddie Gray Wetlands Center; Desmond James-Jones/AXA Advisors LLC; Stuart Career Tech High School Advanced Auto Tech, Academy of Culinary Arts, Academy of Agricultural Science, Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance Academy, Audio/Video and Computer Technician; Texas Department of Transportation; Wells Fargo and Community Toyota*Honda*KIA.

Science, technology, math and science (STEM) participants were ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Chevron Phillips and Lee College Computer Technology Department.  Those interest in Public Service could visit with Abshier-Meuth Veterinary Clinic; Dr. Anthony Price, Goose Creek CISD deputy superintendent; GCCISD Police Department; Harris County Department of Education; Highlands Volunteer Fire Department; Lee High School Cosmetology; Lee College School of Nursing; Patients ER, Walgreens; Weston Cotton, attorney; GCM ROTC; a Navy officer and the City of Houston.

Representatives from Goose Creek Memorial High School Global Business Academy, Robert E. Lee High School STEM Academy and Robotics, Ross S. Sterling Health Science Academy, Stuart Career Tech High School (academies), Career and Technical Education (CTE) and GCM Dual Credit were on hand to explain about the programs. Participants in the Multidisciplinary area were Communities in School, Project Grad Houston and Work Source. 

Finally, representatives from Sam Houston State University, Houston Community College, Lee College, Texas A & M University and Lamar University (Beaumont) provided information about areas of study, degree plans and acceptance requirements.

“About 400 students rotated through the College and Career Fair. This was the most participation in vendors and colleges that we have had. Students took away valuable information in order to select their Endorsement and create their four-year plan for high school and beyond. Special thanks to the office of Kevin Foxworth for catering the food for vendors and the Communications Department for gifts for vendors,” said Tameka Johnson, HJS counselor and organizer of the event.

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