More than 200 Grayson County middle school students recently got some hands-on experience with some possible career paths.

Grayson College’s South Campus in Van Alstyne hosted its 10th annual Middle School Career Day last week. The event gave students from the Van Alstyne, Howe, Gunter and Trenton independent school districts a chance to experience the school’s Medical Laboratory Technician, Vocational Nursing, Welding, Electrical, Biology, English, Math and History programs.

“In the state of Texas, students are being asked to choose an ‘endorsement’ or ‘career cluster’ or ‘pathway,’ each school calls it something different, as they complete the 8th grade, right before entering high school,” South Campus Dean Kimberly Williams said. “Because of the work the College is doing in Texas Pathways, we feel it is important to educate area students to the different career choices they could choose from here at Grayson. The ‘going to college’ conversation needs to happen often and early, and this is our way of helping those students begin that conversation.”

In addition to the hands-on experience, the students also received a hot dog lunch and the opportunity to win prizes for participation during the three-hour session.