Over 800 TCS Students Participate In TCS’s “What’s Your E?” Event
Friday, January 27th, Tuscaloosa City Schools held a unique event aimed at Tuscaloosa 8th graders which served over 800 students.
The event is called "What's Your E?" and it encourages Tuscaloosa City School, 8th graders to start figuring out what they'd like to do and how they can be successful after high school.
The inspiration for the "What's Your E?" event is "a want and a drive to help kids figure out what they want to do and how they want to be successful after high school," said Paige Yeager, Career Coach with the Tuscaloosa City Schools.
Dozens of area businesses came out to engage with students by giving them hands-on experience with their career fields and sharing information on how they got started themselves.
Alabama Power, Shelton State Community College, Stillman College, Catch A Taste, Mercedes Benz U.S International, Inc, and Townsquare Media were some of the noted businesses that participated in the "What's Your E?" event.
Along with live animals, real equipment from fire rescue, and radio stations, the event featured 8th graders from Northridge, Eastwood, and Westlawn Middle Schools as well as 8th graders from TASPA.
"We targeted 8th grade because when you get into 9th grade, you start being able to pick classes that can help you prepare for that "E" and a lot of our kids don't know all the classes we offer," said Yeager.
By the end of the event, the goal was for 8th graders to be knowledgeable on the 3 E's, which are Enrolled, Enlisted, Employed, and hopefully, have some knowledge on which "E" they're leaning towards.
Yeager says that TCS wanted the students to leave the event knowing a couple of classes they can tell their homeschool counselor they'd want to take once they reach the 9th grade.
Check out a few pictures from TCS's "What's Your E?" event.