Tallmadge City School District's Middle School will host its sixth annual career day/night Feb. 23.

During the day, eighth-grade students will be given the day off school to shadow an employer of their choice. It is the responsibility of the student to pick the employer and to set up the shadow experience.

The students will return to the school at 4:30 p.m. for the evening portion of the event.

"This is a valuable event that the middle school hosts," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "The shadow experience provides the perfect opportunity for students to determine if the career choice they are interested in may or may not be the best fit. The evening portion provides them with a chance to meet various employers and determine if there is another career path of interest."

Keynote speaker, Matthew Wilson, president of the University of Akron, will begin the night's event. Followed by a presentation from the guidance counselors on how to understand their Pre-SAT results that they will receive during the night.

Afterwards, students will choose four 20-minute presentations to attend from a list of 30 different businesses. In between the presentations, students are encouraged to visit the various employer's booths set up to gather insight and information.

The employers that are chosen for the evening portion of the event are picked based on results from a student survey and the student's Naviance Career Assessment Data. Naviance is a program that helps connect students to post-secondary goals.

"I would like to thank Matthew Wilson for taking the time to visit our school," said Principal Robert Kearns. "We are honored to provide our students with the opportunity to hear him speak. I would also like to thank the various businesses that took the time to meet with our students."

For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.