Plan My Future: Students Explore Career Opportunities — Event targets middle and high school students

Nearly 1,400 students are expected to tour a maze of career opportunities at Las Cruces Public Schools’ Plan My Future career exploration fair Oct. 18 and 19 at the LCPS Field of Dreams. The event is organized by the LCPS Career and Technical Education team (CTE) to reach middle and high school students who might be interested in various career paths outside of college.  

“This experience is a hands-on opportunity to learn more about service industries, trades or other workforce outlets,” said William Hull, a career specialist with LCPS. “The goal is to give students ideas for their life beyond graduation if they do not already. It is not enough to just have a future – you have to plan that future.”  

Plan My Future follows Build My Future, a hands-on building trades workshop for students sponsored by the Las Cruces Home Builders Association.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some of the fastest-growing, well paid careers in 2022 were in the building trades – most of which only require a high school diploma. BLS data also shows that two-thirds of jobs in 2021 were in occupations that do not typically require a college degree.  

“Our graduates that go on to college generally know what their future career is,” said Ralph Ramos, LCPS Superintendent. “Over the last year, our district has made a conscious investment to provide the same exploration opportunities for students who know that if college is not in their future, another exciting career is possible.”  

Plan My Future will be in the west parking lot of the Field of Dreams, 2300 Tashiro Road.  The exploration fair will be open to middle school students on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for high school students on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 8 to 4.