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Hutchinson Community Shares Careers with Middle Schoolers


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Hutchinson Middle School – 8 partnered with local professionals to host a Career Day to inspire students on future career paths.

On Friday, April 14, 2023, over 20 local professionals from across Reno County visited HMS-8 to share their experiences in their unique career fields. Students had the opportunity to spend the day visiting with multiple presentations and learning about different career fields represented in their own community.

HMS-8 has been going through the School Redesign process, and Career Day was a way to offer students the chance to influence their own education.

“As part of our Redesign journey over the last few years, we have committed to increasing academic relevance and real-world connections for our students. Our goal is to establish a school culture in which students truly feel engaged and empowered. Our motto is, “My Choice, My Future, My School” and when we challenge our students to join us in the planning and shaping of what their school looks like, events like “Career Day” come about,” said HMS-8 principal, Michael Self.

Students had the opportunity to hear from a registered nurse, personal trainer, professional baker, police officer, firefighter, barber, travel agent, and more. USD 308 staff also attended to share about career opportunities in the education field.

“Students learned about vocational and four-year career paths that they will be exposed to in the nearby future. Thanks to our teachers and community members for partnering to provide our students with this unique opportunity,” said assistant principal, Carlos Marquez.