Eighth graders attend Career Jam

On Thursday, Oct. 18, eighth grade students attended Career Jam at the Adirondack Sports Complex.

Career Jam is an annual event that gives students the opportunity to experience different programs and job opportunities within our community. Businesses are set up in an expo style format for students to visit and ask questions about the different business opportunities they provide.

“Middle School is all about exposing students to a variety of careers and allowing them to explore their interests,” said QMS principal Mike Brannigan. “Career Jam is a wonderful way for our local businesses, colleges and agencies to showcase their great programs and opportunities for our students at QMS.”

The goal of the event is to expose as many students as possible to as many careers as possible and equip them with the necessary knowledge to pursue that career throughout their education. Career Jam is filled with hands on learning and highly engaging activities for students to participate in.

“I loved Career Jam,” said eighth grade student Max Lafarr. “I loved experiencing all the different activities but especially liked the graphic design, gaming and welding companies! Those were the most interesting to me and I want to learn more about those careers.”

“Career Jam has quickly become one of our favorite events,” said QMS counselor Colleen Sprague. “The students love visiting all the various booths and businesses and learning about the different careers in such a student centered environment. Throughout their eighth grade year, I’ll often refer back to the experience at Career Jam when working with students to plan for the transition to high school. It is so exciting to see them get so excited about their future!”