Each month, McDowell eighth-graders are talking to business leaders in the community during the school-sponsored Career Café.

Throughout their lunch period, students will sit and talk (and eat) with business owners and leaders in a variety of industries. Kickoff for the ongoing monthly event was held at East Middle School recently that included owners of L.A. Beauty Bar Ashley Hughey and Lacey Jones; Elmer Macopson, McDowell Tech’s director of technical and information systems, and owner of England Builders Grayson England.

“We will be holding monthly Career Cafes in which we will have three different careers represented and invite interested eighth graders to come in during their lunch to have a casual conversation with professionals about their career,” said Mindy Hutchins, middle school career development coordinator.

Students piled into the media center to pick the brains of the business leaders, asking about their education and experience. Under the instruction of Hutchins, she works with all McDowell middle schoolers to offer students an opportunity to job shadow potential career choices.

“There are so many classrooms at the high school where they can start gearing their interest toward a career,” Hutchins said. “It lets them try to decide what career path they might want to take.”

Roughly 30 eighth graders will embark on a job shadowing experience on April 18. Businesses that would like to participate in the monthly Career Café, can contact Hutchins by email at mindy.hutchins@mcdowell.k12.nc.us.

Crooked Door Coffee House sponsors refreshments for the business professionals.

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