CTE CONNECTIONS CHRONICLE "Where Education Meets Industry"

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.


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

• 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.

Click here to learn more about Pharmacy Technician Day.

•CTE Teacher Spotlight•


Marvin Morgan, CTE teacher at Eastern Guilford High School (EGHS), morganm2@gcsnc.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•


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

In GCS CTE, all CTE concentrators take the ACT WorkKeys assessments during their senior year to measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace. For the 2019-2020 school year, there were 1,387 GCS CTE concentrators and 77% scored Bronze or above. The WorkKeys assessments include tests in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information and scores can range from Level 1 to Level 7 on each test. Scores are recognized as platinum, gold, silver or bronze by the state.



•where are they now?•


Tyriek Summers

CTE in middle school begins with career exploration. Tyriek Summers, a former Technology, Engineering & Design student of CTE teacher Nicole Penn (Kiser Middle School), was featured in the Triad's Huami Magazine.  Tyreik is blending his passion for art, skill in robotics, and a potential future career building robotic appendages to aid in prosthetics. Summers is a graduate of Guilford County Schools and a robotics engineering student at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). You can read more about this CTE alumni beginning on page 14. Way to shine, Tyriek!


Mrs. LaShaunta Lamont is an original native of Wilmington, NC, and is the proud wife of Mr. D’Arby Lamont. She moved to Greensboro in 2006 to attend North Carolina A&T State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication Systems. Lashaunta is also currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Adult Education at NC A&T and is expected to graduate in December 2020. LaShaunta has been employed with Guilford County Schools since 2012; she started in the ACES department and transitioned into the classroom. Mrs. Lamont taught in the CTE department at Northeast Guilford High School for six years. During her time at Northeast High School, she was also a department chair and a member of the school leadership team. Lashaunta has now joined the CTE district team as the new Curriculum & Instructional Management Coordinator (CIMC), where she is excited to offer instructional support to all CTE teachers and introduce innovative tools and technologies to improve teaching and learning. To contact or collaborate with Mrs. Lamont please contact her at lamontl@gcsnc.com.

• A look ahead •


Preparing Students for the CTE Experience

GCS CTE uses career assessment tools to develop a student’s CTE experience through awareness, exploration, and preparation to prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand careers. We support students to continually explore and prepare for employment and education opportunities. By partnering with GCS Student Support Services and Spotlight Education, students are able to assess their career interests in various ways and receive a College and Career Guide which provides valuable insight into potential careers and educational paths aligned to those interests. College and Career Guides are used to help students make informed decisions during course registration periods.

  • All GCS eighth-grade students will take the Career Cluster Survey through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) between November 2 and 20, 2020. The survey results can be located in a student's College and Career Guide to follow them as they matriculate through their high school journey.
  • All GCS students in grades 9 – 12 will have an opportunity to take the Career Key assessment through CFNC between November 2, 2020 and January 15, 2021.

Both assessments will prepare students for courses and work-based learning opportunities to support career and college readiness. Let’s celebrate Career Development!!!

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will occur November 8-14, 2020. Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) is Guilford County's premiere youth apprenticeship program and has been a model apprenticeship program for North Carolina since its inception in 2015. "National Apprenticeship Week 2020 will highlight the ways in which apprenticeships can help Americans succeed in our nation's major industries," said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. "As our nation gets back to work, apprenticeships can help workers earn an income while learning new skills that will help them succeed in the recovering economy." Look for more exciting information about GAP next month as we celebrate NAW 2020!

•GCS CTE Staff•

Nancy Cross • GCS CTE Director

Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis • Interim Chief Innovation & CTE Executive Director

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