NEW PHILADELPHIA —  Buckeye Career Center is giving local eighth grade students the opportunity to explore possible career paths during a week-long career carnival.

The event runs March 4-8 at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia. Over 1,300 local eighth grade students will visit the center with over 200 students expected each day. The program is offered to all of Buckeye’s partner schools in the district’s three-county coverage area.

"This is a fantastic way for eighth graders to visit Buckeye but also learn about the various careers that exist," said BCC Public Relations Coordinator Shyanne Carroll.

Students will be welcomed each morning and will select five tickets. The tickets represent the 15 career clusters that students can visit during their day at BCC. The clusters include Agriculture and Environmental Systems, Arts and Communication, Business Administration, Construction Technologies, Education and Training, Engineering and Science Technologies/Manufacturing, Government and Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Law and Public Service, Marketing, Personal Services and Transportation. Students will be greeted by a speaker in each session who is a professional within the cluster. Speakers will talk about their jobs, education and other careers in the field.

"We have upwards of 80 speakers attending throughout the week. They are able to give these students insight into the real world but also help them explore many careers that they might not have known existed," said Carroll. "We are so thankful to those speakers who have given their time to spend a day with our visiting eighth graders. This is just one example of how business leaders are constantly working with us to prepare our young people for the future."

The school districts visiting each day include: Carrollton and Tusky Valley on Monday, New Philadelphia and Strasburg on Tuesday, Claymont, Conotton Valley, and Garaway on Wednesday, Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Thursday, and Dover, and Hiland on Friday.

For more information call Buckeye Career Center at 330-339-2288 or visit www.BuckeyeCareerCenter.org. Buckeye Career Center is located at 545 University Drive, NE, New Philadelphia.