Career Quest 2019
Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools
18th Annual Career Exploration Fair
Williamson County Ag Expo Park
November 7, 2019
The 18th annual career fair for eighth-grade students, called Career Quest, will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019. This comprehensive career day provides eighth-grader in the Franklin Special School District and public, private and home school students in Williamson County with valuable information about the many career opportunities available. The schools recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee and are taking an active role in introducing students to current and emerging career opportunities by offering more career education within the curriculum. The Career Quest is an excellent strategy for getting students authentically engaged in learning about careers.
Business Partners Needed as Exhibitors
You and/or another representative from your company are invited to partner with the local public schools as a participant in Career Quest 2019. In addition to providing students with valuable information, this is a great opportunity to publicize and provide awareness for your organization. If you are interested in participating, please submit your information online by October 18.
There is no cost to be an exhibitor at the event, but there is an optional $200 sponsorship available to help offset marketing and operation costs. Sponsors will get their business’s name on the back of the Career Quest t-shirt and on the signage. Fees collected will help cover the cost of hospitality, signage, exhibit set-up, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Purpose: To have local business and professional community leaders give students the opportunity to explore the world of work in relationship to the student’s individual interests, skills, work ethic, and post-secondary choices.
The audience: Approximately 3200 eighth grade students will attend. Students from Williamson County public, private, and home schools are invited to participate. Most have completed career exploration curriculum at their schools.
Student participation: The students will interview 3-5 career role models while at the Career Quest. The majority of the career role model interviews will be with professionals in career areas in which the student has shown an interest. They will be encouraged to conduct interviews with professionals in career areas in which the student is not interested or knows little about this field.
Exhibitor participation: The exhibitor will serve as a career role model for the students. Students will visit an exhibit prepared to interview the career role model. The students will be prepared to ask the exhibitors questions. The exhibitors will not only be prepared to answer questions regarding education/training requirements, job responsibilities, and salary, but will also provide an interactive activity within the booth that will help the career “come alive.” Examples include but are not limited to dressing in “uniform;” demonstrating tools, instruments, and computer programs/software; playing videos, etc. Hospitality room/lunch provided for exhibitors.
Sponsorship: Career Quest sponsors are greatly needed and highly appreciated. If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event, please go online and complete the form. As a sponsor, your company name will appear on signage, in the Williamson County School District’s electronic newsletter IN FOCUS, listed on the FSSD and Williamson County Schools websites, and mentioned during Career Day.
How can you support the FSSD/WCS Career Quest?
You can help to make this Career Quest a reality for students. We are seeking:
- Exhibitors to be career role models
- Donations or Sponsors to pay for transporting students to and from the Ag Expo Center
- Donations or Sponsors to pay for drapes and table rental
- Donations or Sponsors to cover hospitality expenses
- Donations or Sponsors to provide programs and maps
- Donations or Sponsors to provide signage
- Donations or Sponsors to cover other miscellaneous items
The fee to become a sponsor is $200. Sponsors will receive visibility/recognition for their support that will include the company name on tee-shirts, signage and in Williamson County School District’s electronic newsletter IN FOCUS. The company will also be listed on the Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools web site and mentioned during the Career Quest on WC-TV.
In addition, participants may find employees who are skilled and interested in becoming a contributing member of their organization.
For more information, please contact:
Lee Kirkpatrick, Ed.D.
Student Support Services Supervisor
Franklin Special School District
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors:
Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.
Cool Springs Surgical Associates
Silver Level Sponsors
Cornerstone Financial Credit Union
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation
Bronze Level Sponsors
A. Marshall Hospitality
Columbia State Community College
Franklin Special School District
Layton Construction Company
The Farm at Natchez Trace
The Tennessee Credit Union
Williamson County EMA and Fire-Rescue
Williamson County Schools
Willow Branch Partners