April 2021 • Volume 1 • Issue 8
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.
GCS CTE offers over 100 industry-recognized credentials aligned to in-demand pathways and designed to provide students with validation of the technical and academic skills acquired during their program of study. Earning industry-recognized credentials is part of The CTE Experience and demonstrates to employers the knowledge and abilities of future employees.
After our "Credential Blitz," the highest number of certifications earned is in the Health Science Career Cluster with 89 OSHA 10-Hour Healthcare Industry certifications. The OSHA 10-Hour training course provides training for entry-level workers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the healthcare industry. Rounding out the top five credentials earned in 2020-2021 are First Aid, Stop the Bleed, Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2), Mechanical Safety, and S/P2 Mechanical Pollution Prevention.
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2021 ApprenticeshipNC Outstanding High School Apprentice Award Winner: Perry Sharpe
Congratulations to Perry Sharpe, a senior at Eastern Guilford High School, who is the 2021 ApprenticeshipNC Outstanding High School Apprentice Award winner!
He was nominated by his employer, The City of High Point, for his outstanding work as a first-year apprentice through his enrollment in the Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP). Through the GAP program, Mr. Sharpe is able to participate in typical high school learning, extracurricular activities (such as wrestling) while also earning a steady paycheck and gaining invaluable career experiences and connections. He currently works for the City of High Point's Fleet Services Department, repairing and maintaining diesel engines and equipment. Mr. Sharpe will attend Guilford Technical Community College in the Fall and hopes to graduate in 2024 with an Associate degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology. The GCS CTE family is incredibly proud of Perry Sharpe and the recognition for his outstanding work! To learn more about Perry Sharpe and his experience as a GAP apprentice, click here!
The Guilford County Schools CTE Department is partnering with Builders Bridge, a nonprofit organization created by True Homes. Their mission is to bridge the gap between the opportunities within the home building industry and our communities' needs by partnering with local school systems to provide access to the housing industry via summer internships for young people ages 16-23. Builders Bridge is a successful venture within the Charlotte area and is branching out to replicate that same success within the Triad area. Their host of 23 community partners, 22 trade partners, and access to hands-on experience and training across 12 unique trades within the housing industry allows them to create impactful opportunities that translate into lucrative careers for students.
The partnership between GCS CTE and Builders Bridge will offer paid internships to students 16 years old and older and industry access to field trips and other learning experiences once health metrics permit. GCS CTE students will earn between $10-15/hour during the eight-week Builders Bridge Summer Internship making this a valuable investment of their time. A Builders Bridge Intern Coordinator will also provide students with support and soft skills, training in budgeting, communication/conflict, interviewing/networking, and goal setting.
GCS CTE students, teachers, and Career and College Managers (CCMs) make the difference in encouraging and assisting interested students in applying by Friday, April 30, 2021, for the Builders Bridge Summer Internship.
2021 CTE Senior Recognition Ceremony
The first district-wide livestream of the CTE Virtual Recognition Ceremony for the Class of 2021 will air the week of May 17 and be posted on social media channels. CTE Senior Recognition Ceremony for the Class of 2021 recognizes students who have completed a career pathway and earned industry-recognized credentials! We will also recognize those students who have earned credentials and are dual-enrolled in college courses through the Career and College Program (CCP), and students who are in school-to-work placement as "Distinguished Pathway Completers." These distinguished seniors will also be entered into a raffle to receive cash, technology, professional or recreational prizes.
Special guests at this ceremony will include videos snippets from local and state leaders in government, education, and industry. CTE prepares all students for high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand choices for careers, not just graduation!
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