High schoolers had the opportunity to make decisions about their future last week at Knightdale High School’s Career Fair.
Unlike some high school career fairs, this event was open to all students. Freshmen could learn about career academies at the school, like the Knightdale Academy of Environmental Science (KAES) and the newly created Knightdale Academy of Public Safety (KAPS).
Starting next academic year, freshmen entering Knightdale High School can choose between those two career academies, which will include the chance to be certified in a specific field. Students in KAPS can receive EMT training and students in KAES can receive vet tech training as well as internships, said Geof Duncan, Knightdale High’s Career Technical Education coordinator.
The academies will also include students who are college-bound and those who plan to immediately enter the workforce.
“We have those students who are not going to college and those students who are going to be valedictorians,” Duncan said.
Last year, 150 Knightdale graduates reported they were going on to attend a 2-year college. 144 students reported plans to attend a 4-year college or university, 23 reported joining the military and 26 students reported they would be entering the workforce.
In addition to focusing on opportunities for younger students, older students,, upperclassmen had the option to explore post-high school options.
The school invited military programs, technical school, private employers and 4-year colleges and universities to share information with students.
Students seemed to flock to booths that featured military programs and Wake Tech’s booth, Duncan said.
The fair also brought in local colleges like Meredith College and N.C. State. Smaller schools, like St. Augustine’s University, were also present.
For seniors who may want a more skill-based education, specialty schools like Johnson and Wales Culinary School and various cosmetology schools also offered information for students.