On Thursday, Sept. 28, Polo Park Middle School held a career fair for seventh graders.
Career education is part of the seventh-grade civics curriculum. The following businesses and educational institutions were represented: Elstein Law, Keiser University, Palm Beach Central High School, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Pelican Group Management, Publix, Scripps Research, Stiles Construction and Wellington Regional Medical Center.
Students were able to explore career options and what those options encompass academically. “Research shows that middle school is a crucial time for students, especially girls, to decide if they like science and math,” said Rosie G. Albarron Zeckler of Scripps Research. “Thus, events like this allow young students to learn about different careers, but especially those like biomedical research from early on.”
Career Day gave students the opportunity to speak with a variety of professionals and accumulate a lot of information in a short time.
This year, Polo Park had student and staff representation from Palm Beach Central High School. They showcased the school’s various academies and talked to Polo Park students about making wise decisions as they choose their academic classes.
Student representative Kailia Williams expressed her feelings on the idea of a middle school career fair. “I think it’s important to talk to the middle-schoolers while they’re impressionable and still deciding what to do in the future,” she said.