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Middle school students attend college, career fair

Middle school students attend college, career fair


By The Community Resource Office Staff


Waynesville Middle School hosted its annual College & Career Readiness Fair, giving students the chance to interact with college representatives and community leaders, and learn more about their future opportunities on Nov. 20.

The College & Career Readiness Fair helps the Waynesville R-VI School District achieve their mission to “empower and prepare individual students for future opportunities as citizens and leaders,” by giving middle school students the opportunity to become engaged in their plans for college and beyond.

With several colleges and community organizations in attendance, approximately 800 students traveled through the fair with their “passports.” Students were encouraged to ask questions about college or careers and get their “passports” signed or stamped by the representatives. They were able to learn firsthand about the plethora of majors, student organizations and opportunities on campus that colleges offer. Students also learned how to use the degree they earn and their college experience to help place themselves on the right career path.

In addition to meeting college and career representatives, students were able to visit other stations and learn more about college and career readiness. Stations offered opportunities to speak with a current college student, learn about the importance of resumes, practice filling out job applications and gain an understanding of interview etiquette and professional attire.

“To ensure that we are properly equipping students for early planning for college and career readiness, we benefit from the partnerships and resources of our AmeriCorps VISTA members. Our students engaged in an opportunity to learn about careers, colleges, financing options, dressing for success, resume and application completion, and many more items to get them thinking about life after school,” said Michele Sumter, principal of Waynesville Middle School.



The Community Resource Office (CRO), under the direction of Courtney Long, is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers, AmeriCorps school tutors, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack Program, college and career readiness, service learning and more. These programs are made possible by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN). For more information about the CRO Programs or how to get involved, contact (573) 842-2250 or

"Issued December 19, 2018"