Lamar CISD will host his college, career and military evening on October 4


Lamar CISD students in Grades 7-12 can learn about options for their future at College, Career and Military Night on Monday, October 4.

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Foster High School, located at 4400 Farm-to-Market Road 723 in Richmond.

“It’s really called College, Career and Military Night. But more than that, it’s about preparing for secondary goals and planning for post-secondary success, ”said Lindsey Troutman, Director of Academic Career and Military Readiness for Lamar CISD.

The evening will feature recruiters from colleges, universities, technical schools and the military. Students will participate in scholarship, college, career, and district military readiness platform workshops that cover topics such as processing college applications, how to complete financial aid forms, and l ‘use their College Board account to practice PSAT and SAT. Advanced placement and dual credit programming will also be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to meet their campus advisers.

Students and families will also be able to hear about the district’s strong career and technical education options. Secondary school curricula include agriculture, food and natural resources; Architecture and construction ; Arts, audio / video technology and communications; business, marketing and finance; Education and formation ; Health Sciences; Hospitality & Tourism; Personal services; Computer science; Law and public services; Manufacturing; Science, technology, engineering and mathematics; Cyber ​​security; Programming and development of software; and transport, distribution and logistics. CTE students can earn certifications that will prepare them to work in a career right after graduation.

“But I think the # 1 thing is just to know the opportunities that may arise for students who may not want to go straight to college and understand that is OK. These are solid careers, ”said Troutman. “They can enter the industry by making good financial decisions and good salaries, while doing so while they are already in high school.”

Troutman said the event was aimed at promoting the opportunities available and helping parents and guardians guide their students, as the process has changed a lot since they’ve been in school.

Some people think that focusing on postsecondary goals should start in first year, but Troutman recommends choosing different areas of interest long before that, especially before you start paying for college courses when the major might change. She learned some of these lessons in college and wants to help students and families save time and money.

Students, Troutman said, can complete high school with certificates that can lead them directly to careers or with credits for college courses.

“It used to be the end of high school and education was to cross the stage, but it’s so much more now,” she explained. “It has changed and evolved so that it doesn’t just cross the stage. It’s crossing it to be successful and not miss things that might have been provided to you along the way.

Lamar CISD eighth grade students choose their grades and study programs for the years to come. An approval is an area of ​​interest that they choose as part of their graduation requirement. Areas of approval include Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry, Public Service, STEM, and Multidisciplinary. Troutman is happy to help young students look to the future and assess their goals.

Brittany Rhodes is an academic and professional facilitator with Lamar CISD and said the district is working hard to attract a diverse group of colleges, universities and technical schools that encourage all students to be successful, not just those planning to graduate colleges. four years.

The district hosted a virtual event last year due to the pandemic, so the last in-person college, professional and military evening was held in 2019. Prior to 2020, the event took place on two campuses while this year is fair at Foster. Rhodes said the campus would leave plenty of room to expand and socially distance itself amid the ongoing pandemic. Workshops will be in classrooms and in rotation.

For those who do not wish to attend in person, there is a virtual fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, October 8, through the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Students, parents and guardians should register at

Troutman said her favorite part of her job is meeting with stakeholders from students, parents, teachers and staff to help students navigate their high school and post-secondary journeys.

“We are delighted that the event is coming here and seeing all of our families and our campuses and visiting these college, career, financial aid and scholarship type organizations,” Rhodes said.

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