MHS Provides Early Exposure to Career and Technical Education Through Elementary CTE Fair
To introduce third- and fourth-grade students to career and technical education (CTE), Milton Hershey School recently held a “Design Your Future” CTE Fair on campus. Elementary students researched various industries and began thinking about purposeful careers to prepare for the event.
“We want our elementary students to gain exposure to actual careers and learn about each job from high school students who are currently working toward those careers,” said Dave Curry, MHS Director of Career and Technical Education.
The elementary students rotated through 11 stations and learned about each career pathway in the school’s CTE program. High school students who are currently enrolled in the career pathways organized interactive, hands-on activities to bring each industry to life—including culinary demonstrations as part of the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Services pathway and an augmented reality sandbox that represented the Computer Technology and Innovation pathway.
“It’s nice to be able to teach young people about something I learned myself,” said Jenna Gammon, a junior in the Automotive Technology pathway. “I’ve been in this career pathway for three years and it’s nice to give back.”
Throughout their time at MHS, students of all ages expand on their career interests through technical skill-building, specialized classes, hands-on instruction, and industry-recognized certifications. Opportunities like the CTE Fair allow elementary students to consider their future goals at a young age and begin discovering their interests.
Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education program.