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A Pathway to A Pathway: CPS Hosts Career Tech Fairs for CPS Elementary Schools

Making connections early. This is the ultimate goal of the CPS Career Tech Department’s latest Tech Fair programs which sees high school students from across the district gather at select CPS elementary schools to showcase their enrolled Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway. 

“We intentionally target the students in K through eight elementary schools because they don't already have a career tech presence in their building,” said PJ Pope, Career Based Learning Associate. “We want to expose them to the different career tech pathways that are offered throughout the district.”

Aiken's Goat at CTE Fair at Sayler ParkThe Career Tech Fairs serve as a platform for high schools to demonstrate the diverse range of programs they offer, ranging from technology and engineering to healthcare, culinary arts and more. Some of the schools used more enticing persuasive methods to sway enrollment interests such as Dater High School serving cookies baked in the school’s culinary arts program or Aiken High School bringing a live goat to the cafeteria to demonstrate the school’s vivid agriculture program. 

PJ explained the timing of the fairs coincides with the start of the CPS Lottery so students can have all the necessary information to make a fully informed decision on their future schooling. 

The event not only serves as an opportunity for high school students to showcase their skills and projects but also as a chance for elementary students to ask questions and discover their interests. 

“It's really giving them something they can touch and feel and see with their own eyes what our programs do and the type of activities and things that they have at their disposal,” said PJ. 

Interested in learning more about CPS Career Tech Pathways at all CPS schools? Check out the CPS All-School Expo on Jan. 27! Learn more at: https://www.cps-k12.org/Page/2#calendar1/20240114/event/4817