The chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Shoney’s Companies, David Davoudpour, will join Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Dr. Jesse Register and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ralph Schulz at the Nashville’s Music City Center on October 29 to host more than 7,400 high school freshmen for the 2014 “My Future, My Way” career fair.
The fair was launched in 2009 through a joint partnership by MNPS and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the Academies of Nashville initiative in Metro’s 12 zoned high schools. Personal funding from Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour to support “My Future, My Way” will allow the event to be held at Music City Center to accommodate growing interest. This year, 20 public and charter schools have committed to participate in the event, helping their students learn about career opportunities from more than 200 area business representatives.
“I’m happy to continue our participation for the 4th consecutive year in the ‘My Future-My Way Career Exploration Fair,” said Davoudpour. “This event exposes high school freshmen to vocations and professions available in Middle Tennessee for the purpose of helping them choose opportunities of interest to them. This experience should motivate each student to start along a positive and sustainable path, both in school and beyond, to achieve his or her career goals.”
Attending the event isn’t the only the opportunity students will have to discuss their career goals. Prior to “My Future, My Way,” students will conduct career research at their respective schools and explore options for enrolling in specific career academies in 10th grade. Following the career fair, students can participate in an essay contest about the lessons they learned at the fair and engage in other classroom-based follow-up activities.
“‘My Future, My Way’ is a great chance for students to talk to a professional in the field that interests them,” said Register. “It helps them understand that committing themselves to achieving in school and putting in the effort now can lead to a great career or higher education in the future.”
“Volunteers from companies, nonprofits and universities come together to help educate young people about their career paths,” said Schulz. “Their contributions are invaluable to the success of this event and the growth of the local economy in the years ahead.”
More information about “My Future, My Way” or the Academies of Nashville can be found at www.mnps.org, or you can follow the latest announcements about the event on Twitter by using the hashtag #career14.
Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with more than 160 restaurants in 16 states. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoney’s and YouTube.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies the Chamber’s focus on facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity for Middle Tennessee. The work of the Nashville Area Chamber is supported by members and sponsors; the Chamber’s Pivotal Partners (a partnership at the highest level for all Chamber programs and events) are Delek US Holdings, BlueCross/BlueShield of Middle Tennessee, Community Health Systems, First Tennessee and Atiba Software & Consulting. Together with its affiliates, the Nashville Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business climate and to enhance Nashville’s position as a desirable place to live, work and visit. For more information, visit www.nashvillechamber.com.