December 2020 • Volume 1 • Issue 4
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.
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• Feature Articles •
CTE is Awarded an $80,000 Coding and Mobile App Development Grant
On Friday, December 18, 2020, GCS CTE was awarded $80,000.00 to support, strengthen, and fuel the talent pipeline for industry demands in technology-related careers in the Piedmont-Triad and beyond. According to Code.org, North Carolina currently has 16,008 open computing jobs, which is 3.7 times higher than the average demand rate across all states. The average salary for a computing occupation in North Carolina is $92,273, which is significantly higher than the state's average salary ($47,200). The existing jobs alone represent the opportunity for $1,477,102,840 in annual wages. The Coding and Mobile App Development Grant award fosters growth for Guilford County Schools' teachers, our unique partnerships, and the focus on coding will provide high-quality professional development access.
GCS CTE focuses on Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity, along with industry support to prepare our students to bridge the talent gap in high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand computer science fields within CTE and in our two Computer and Information Sciences Signature Career Academies at Northeast Guilford and Kearns Academy.
CTE plans to partner with Education Farm (EdFarm: Cultivate & Change through Innovation & Invention), the Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative (ETWI), and NC A&T State University's Cybersecurity Department. This award will support our instructors' professional development, the establishment of competitive Coding Clubs, APP development to improve user experience (UX) and user-interface (UI), and relevant work-based learning opportunities for our students.
In 2017, the NC General Assembly established the Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Program to support opportunities for North Carolina students to learn computer science, coding, and mobile app development to help them gain the skills needed to (1) create and contribute, not just use and consume, in the digital economy; and (2) actively engage as informed citizens in our complex, technology-driven world.
CTE Spotlights Southern Guilford High School’s Plant Systems Pathway
Left to Right: Caleb Weems, Lauryn McDaniel, Logan Beaman, Montgomery Scism, 2019-2020 Southern Guilford FFA Officers, Chris Davis, Pastor of Community Baptist Church, Isis Giron, Keenan Haith, Nataleigh Boyles and Isley Fryar, 2019-2020 Southern Guilford FFA Officers
Annually, for thirty-plus years, Southern Guilford High School’s Plant Systems Pathway students have grown and sold poinsettias for the holiday season. CTE Instructor Brad Hensley’s Horticulture II course students grow, nurture, produce, and market the vibrant plants. Production involves students understanding that poinsettias are photoperiodic and need around sixty straight “short days” where plants will receive less light than they do darkness. The response to these “short days” is a color change in the bracts (modified leaves) of the poinsettias giving them their festive colors of red, white, and many others. Students experience the full cycle of production and sales marketing by wrapping the poinsettias in traditional foils seen in retail stores. The plants are sold to local churches, community members, and Guilford County Schools staff. Proceeds of the sales go back into the Agricultural Science program to support spring plant production, greenhouse repairs/improvements, and Southern Guilford High School's chapter of The National FFA Organization, a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), that focuses on leadership and competitive events.
“Our Superintendent, Dr. Sharon L. Contreras is an advocate for advancing CTE programming that aligns directly with forecasted industries that expand economic and workforce development in Guilford County and beyond,” said Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis, Interim Chief Innovation Officer. We have positioned ourselves to be intentional for our GCS graduates to be a prepared and competent talent pipeline in high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand careers.
Left to Right: Plant Systems Pathway students and FFA chapter members present poinsettias and freshly hatched eggs to Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis (Interim Chief Innovation Officer), Nancy Cross (CTE Director), Anita Sharpe (Board Member), Dr. Sharon L. Contreras (Superintendent), Meghan Bartlett (CTE/FFA student), Nataleigh Boyles (CTE/FFA student), Dr. Brian Muller (Principal) and Keenan Haith, (CTE/FFA student).
Southwest HS Fall Blood Drive