October 2020 • Volume 1 • Issue 2
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.
•Feature Article •
Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative (ETWI) Grant Generates Nearly $600,000 in Funding for Career & Technical Education (CTE) Students in Guilford County Schools
A joint taskforce established in 2017 and led by the Greensboro and High Point Chambers of Commerce and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative (ETWI), is a collaborative of four triad counties to strengthen workforce development opportunities in the region. Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, and Rockingham counties have capitalized on state grant funding to improve their registered youth apprenticeship programs, on-the-job and incumbent worker training opportunities, and industry recruitment efforts while increasing a highly trained talent pipeline within our communities around high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand careers.
ETWI’s North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NCPRO) Coronavirus Relief Grant awarded GCS CTE approximately $586,600 in subgrantee funds. Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis, Interim Chief Innovation Officer said, "these funds will be critical as CTE pivots to mitigate learning loss challenges associated with COVID-19 in over 60 CTE courses." The funding will provide students more robust devices, remote access to industry-standard software such as AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, and Autodesk Revit, and Visible Body, a mobile application designed to offer authentic simulations in health science for student credentialing opportunities. The GoPro video camera integration will allow CTE educators to create engaging demonstration videos live or recorded from a first-person perspective for maximum effectiveness for students to learn the steps to master a skill or trade. Additionally, CTE educators will benefit from professionally created videos designed to enhance the curriculum and to support student interaction online utilizing a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) partner as part of the district’s commitment to supporting the MWBE initiative.
Together, Dr. Chillis believes, the GCS CTE and ETWI partnership is an authentic illustration of advocacy and collaboration at work – preparing students for postsecondary education and immediate employment opportunities in Guilford County and beyond.
PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
The Guilford County Schools (GCS) CTE Department was recently approved as a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognized Education/Training Program. Being recognized by PTCB allows our GCS students to meet the education/training requirements needed to apply for their PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential. Currently, this program is housed at two locations within GCS:
• The Academy at Smith in our Signature Career Academy for Biomedical Technology and Specialized Health Sciences; Instructor: Shalinda Witcher.
Southern Guilford High School
• Southern Guilford High School in the Southern Academy of Education and Advanced Sciences; Instructor: Casey Puckett.
GCS CTE’s Pharmacy Technician Program now joins more than 1,600 organizations committed to developing a qualified pharmacy technician workforce. With this recognition, we are assured that our GCS CTE students will be eligible to apply to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) to earn their PTCB CPhT credential. The Pharmacy Technician Program is another stellar GCS CTE pathway that will prepare our students for high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand careers.
•CTE Teacher Spotlight•
A CTE drafting TEACHER IS a FINALIST FOR GCS TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
Marvin Morgan, CTE teacher at Eastern Guilford High School (EGHS), email@example.com
Mr. Marvin Morgan, a Drafting teacher, is a 2020-2021 GCS Teacher of the Year finalist! Mr. Morgan has been teaching since 2007. He currently teaches Drafting, Honors Architectural Drafting II & III, and Honors Engineering Drafting II & III. Mr. Morgan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Science Degree in Education from Walden University. As a former CTE student, he credits his own high school CTE experience with motivating him to focus on his academics and join the military workforce. Mr. Morgan is a staunch supporter of CTE, stating, “CTE has a proven record of decreasing drop-out rates and providing an alternative way of educating students.” He incorporates a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning, considering student learning styles, environments, backgrounds, and abilities. He engages his student’s family and peers in the learning process, allowing them to master a drafting skill while also developing professional skills. The GCS CTE family is #CTEProud of Mr. Morgan's accomplishment as the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Finalist.
Lance Sockwell, EGHS Principal and Marvin Morgan, CTE Drafting Teacher and GCS Teacher of the Year Finalist.
•business & industry spotlight•
CREATING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS IN GCS AND BEYOND
Schools and districts across the country have long partnered with external organizations to provide resources and equip, mentor, advise, and support, both during and outside of the traditional school day. These school-based partnerships expose students to more diverse learning opportunities and community resources, offer continuity in services across multiple years, and have the potential to improve student social and academic outcomes.
Business Partnerships with Guilford County Schools CTE is an opportunity to form a mutually beneficial relationship that can pay dividends for your business and employees as well as enhance the learning and support available to participating students. Through partnerships, business and industry partners gain an accessible on-ramp for identifying and developing valuable areas of engagement in GCS schools. CTE students will have better opportunity to be both workforce ready and prepared for post- secondary education with the help of strong business partnership; producing greater understanding for the companies, jobs, and pathways that thrive in our community.
To begin the partnership process with Guilford County Schools, please fill out this brief survey:
Triad Today highlights GCS CTE & the Truliant Federal Credit Union partnership