Evanston Academy Students Explore Career Options at ‘College Friday’


Opportunities abound for today’s children. Many times, they just need to know that a career pathway exists for inspiration to strike. What better way to introduce students to their potential, future passions and the value of a college education than allowing them to talk to – and even work with – today’s professionals? That’s exactly the idea behind Evanston Academy’s College Friday.

The May event is part of Evanston Academy’s Career Awareness and Exploration program, which is designed to broaden students’ awareness of professions they can pursue.

More than 50 professionals – from industries spanning medical, law, real estate, education, media, government, sports and more – spent the morning with students.

Principal Stacey Hill-Simmons addressed the professional visitors at a meet-and-greet before the day began: “It’s important for kids to see a wide array of talented folks … they should see that they make a living and still enjoy life.”

Superintendent Laura Mitchell made a special appearance. “When young people see professionals, they know they have access,” she shared. “Don’t underestimate the impression you’ll make on them.”

Kindergarten through fourth-graders worked with their visitors in small groups on projects – some worked on math exercises, while others made crafts. Professionals made presentations to fifth- and sixth-graders about their experiences and participated in Q&As.

One key takeaway? Education never stops. WCPO Anchor Ryan Houston told fifth-graders that he is “still learning” as he covers a variety of important stories for the news.

The day concluded with a tailgate featuring a DJ, Kona Ice truck and booths from several organizations and colleges that distributed information and goodies to the students. Participating booths included: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Jackson State University, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, University of Cincinnati’s Gen-1, Xavier University, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Iota Phi Theta, Cincinnati State, Health Gap and FC Cincinnati.

Keep up with the great things happening at Evanston Academy at https://evanstonacademy.cps-k12.org/.


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