February 2021 • Volume 1• Issue 6
Dr. Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent
THE CTE "WHY"?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares all students for high-skill, high-wage or in-demand careers. The experience begins with career inspiration in Pre-K, awareness in elementary school, exploration in middle school, and preparation in high school. CTE equips students for post-secondary education and immediate employment opportunities to compete worldwide successfully.
The CTE Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) Stakeholder & Leader Team (a diverse group of internal and external leaders) meet twice a year to shift from merely collecting information to more intentionality in implementing and sustaining CTE programs as a regular part of our overall district’s data-driven decision making and program improvement cycles - updated every two years. The CLNA Team also ensures our CTE programming supports and creates workplace and economic success for students, employers, and the community. As we move forward, CTE is focused on intentional improvement efforts around The Six C's: We are increasing the number of Concentrators, industry-recognized Credentials, College credits earned by our students, Career placements as we provide work-based learning experiences, Courageous partnerships to benefit our entire community, and Continued innovation to provide our students with the ultimate classroom to career experience!
Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. This year the Guilford County Schools CTE Department is hosting its first CTE Month Video Contest! The grand prize given to the contest winners will be a virtual reality kit for the CTE program at their school! There will be one middle school and one high school grand prize winner. The winning video will be selected on February 26, 2021 and shared on the CTE website and social media platforms.
The 2021 GCS CTE Month Video Contest is open to any individual/group of middle or high school CTE students in GCS. The purpose of the contest is to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Guilford County Schools (GCS) during CTE Month. Please click here for contest rules and guidelines. Submissions are due by February 22, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. Be sure to include the 2021 CTE Month Video Contest Release Form with your submission. Please submit entries here. For information about CTE Month, please visit the ACTE website.
A Virtual Field Trip to the Piedmont Triad International Airport
A production set equipped with industry relevant equipment and accessories.
A media production control room with sound booths and enclosed editing bays.
Editing stations equipped with Apple® desktop computers!
The Media Production Pathway at Weaver Academy is equipped with a control room, a recording studio, an editing suite and a production office!
MyFox8 Features the Newly Remodeled Signature Career Academy at Western Guilford High School
Western Guilford High School Signature Career Academy of Transportation, Distribution & Global Logistics is ready to welcome students back to the campus! The Western Guilford High School Signature Career Academy of Transportation, Distribution & Global Logistics supports two CTE Pathways: (1) Drone Technology Pathway and the (2) Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management Pathway. These state-of-the-art spaces have been completely renovated to reflect the environment of industry/business. CTE pathway prepares students for careers, not just graduation, to truly understand the transportation, distribution, and logistics industry. Innovative equipment sets this lab apart from all the rest. There is a Skill Boss Logistics Trainer, cutting-edge technology in the Logistics’ world, and was the first k-12 school in NC to implement this technology into a CTE program. This system is a working automated distribution system that performs real-world operations, such as package tracking, automatic package queuing, and priority release. The Logistics trainer allows students to get certified with at least three different certifications widely known by the industry.
There is a Drone Test & Flight simulation space and Redbird Jay Velocity Flight Simulators in the Drone Pathway. These simulators are widely used across K-12 Aviation and Aerospace STEM programs but one of the first in any CTE Program and high school in North Carolina. The Redbird simulators simulate a pilot’s perspective on flying and safely landing a plane based on various weather conditions and times. Students in the Drone Technology Pathway can obtain their FAA Part107 license as early as age 16. CTE encourages students to be dual enrolled at the technical college, seek opportunities within a paid internship or apprenticeship, and hone-in on those students who would like to pursue entrepreneurial ventures as a Drone Pilot. Check out the video above for more details and to see the newly updated space!
• CTSO Spotlight: Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) •
Congratulations to the Northwest Guilford High School (NWHS) DECA District Team for earning 11 medals and 3 finalists awards at the DECA District Virtual Competition in November. Patrick Cullinan placed 3rd and Vincent Cagno placed 6th in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Event. Bella Jansson placed 4th in the Apparel and Accessories Merchandising Event. Next, they will compete at the DECA Virtual State Competition. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.