200 partners + 7,000 Davidson County high school freshmen = engaged youth exploring college and careers


0013 More than 7,000 Davidson County high school freshmen jammed the Music City Center exhibit hall to ask questions of business and technology companies, public utilities, police and fire agencies and dozens of local employers about the skills necessary to make it to college or a good career.

The seventh annual "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair was hosted by Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and was sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by Shoney’s.

“This event is always a big win for our students because of the conversations it sparks,” said Metro Schools Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson. “Thousands of Metro students engage in meaningful conversations with professionals of all types to explore their options for what to do after high school. When they leave, they have conversations with themselves, their parents and each other about where their interests lie and what they can do in the classroom to help get there.”

More than 200 Middle Tennessee businesses and non-profits participated in the Career Exploration Fair.

Read the full news release here and see some of the photos from the career fair below.

A close up of an exhibitor booth hosting student interviews at the career exploration fair.

Students visited the Plato's Closet booth to ask questions about careers in retail.

Many of the career fair exhibitors had interactive booths, where students could take a test run of what it would be like working in that field.

Students interviewing Messer Construction staff at the career exploration fair to learn about careers in construction.

Middle Tennessee State University brought a mobile production lab for students to learn about television production careers.

Students were able to interact with MTA's bus as part of learning about transportation careers.

Architecture design firm ESa was one of 200 employers participating in the 7th Annual


The Frist Center for the Visual Arts had an interactive booth where students could participate in a mural and learn about museum careers.

The US Community Credit Union booth had an interactive exhibit where students could catch as much fake money as they could for a $25 gift card. Students also interviewed USCCU staff to learn about financial careers.

Students learned about careers in insurance by speaking with staff at The General insurance company.