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MAY 2021 • VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 9

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.

CTE: By the Numbers

Each week, CTE shares our Credentialing Leaderboard with Principals. We share the highest achievers in credentials by number earned and, because the available credentialing opportunities varies based on programs offered and enrollment at different schools, we also report the highest achievers by percent earned of available credentials. Congratulations to these schools for leading the way to industry-recognized credentials! Happy Credentialing!

Research shows that a shared challenge for employers is the lack of technical and professional skills among high school and college graduates (Roy & Lambert, 2019). GCS CTE is tackling that challenge, one credential at a time! We started our industry-recognized credentialing improvement process in the Fall by educating teachers and principals about the benefits of credentialing in high school. We layered the benefit analysis with specialized training for teachers and coupled efforts with public awareness activities, such as our April "Credential Blitz" and our May "CTE Senior Recognition Ceremony." Our efforts are making an impact! While students just returned to in-person instruction in April, we have already exceeded the percentage of credentials earned in the 2019-2020 school year. We have navigated this year's credentialing challenges with special resources, such as the grant-funded SplashTop software, allowing students to access their school computer and software remotely. Additionally, we created a series of videos to support credentialing in automotive services and carpentry and provided over 200 GoPro cameras so teachers could offer a first-person perspective to students as they demonstrated hands-on skills.

Credentials matter! While students just returned to in-person instruction in April, we have already exceeded the percentage of credentials earned during the 2019-2020 school year. Below is a partial list of the over 100 industry-recognized credentials offered through CTE courses.

Source: Roy, J. and Lambert, E. (2019). Expanding opportunities for high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials. New England Board of Higher Education. https://nebhe.org/journal/expanding-opportunities-for-high-school-students-to-earn-industry-recognized-credentials/

2021 CTE Senior Recognition Ceremony

In May, Guilford County Schools (GCS) – Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department honored CTE seniors who have completed a career pathway and earned industry-recognized credentials!! Click the video below, and congratulations to our 2021 Distinguished Concentrators.

CTE Supports Elementary & Middle School Summer Computer Science Camps!

CTE is excited to contribute to summer learning and enrichment opportunities by offering three developmentally aligned computer science camps. Elementary students in grades K-2 will Think It & Code It with Code.org to develop ideas, work in groups, and pitch ideas in a setting where all voices are heard, and there are no wrong answers. Campers will solve real-world problems through hands-on coding activities and challenges. Participants in grades 3-5 will Design It & Code with Code.org to design solutions to real-world coding experiments that improve the lives of others, and ultimately the world. Campers will use the engineering design process and coding to design strategies, places, or things through coding while competing with others in a fund and high-energy-filled environment. Middle schools in grades 6-8 will engage in Google CS First! to create and discover through imaginative coding worlds, characters, games, and interactive programs where they make choices to determine what happens next. Students will increase their industry discourse and critical thinking skills while speaking various coding languages, which is Literacy+.

To learn more, click the link below to view all of the GCS Summer Learning Opportunities Catalog- Guilford County Schools website.

GCS CTE Recognizes the Class of 2021!

CTE Seniors, go ORANGE! This year, all GCS CTE Senior Pathway Completers and Industry-Recognized Credential holders will receive an orange cord at graduation! The Orange Cord notates a CTE Pathway Completer with Credentials is awarded to recognize students for completing at least CTE Pathway and earning at least one industry-recognized credential while in high school. The standardized notation for the CTE Pathway Completer with Credentials recognition is ©.

CTE Student Internships & Teacher Externships Summer 2021

In order to strengthen and expand Work-based Learning (WBL) in GCS-CTE, intentional career-aligned student internships will take place in Summer 2021. Based on the number of applicants, students will be matched to the 15 career clusters and business/industries within Guilford County and High Point. These paid internships foster career exploration, job training, and support for soft/professional skills aligned to high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand career pathways. One example of a business that has answered the charge and will accommodate several interns is Builders Bridge.

Builders Bridge, a nonprofit organization, created by True Homes, aims to bridge the gap between the opportunities within the home building industry and our communities' needs by partnering with local school systems. They provide access to the housing industry via paid internships to students 16 years and older, earning between $10-15/hour during the eight-week Builders Bridge Summer Internship making this a valuable investment of their time.

Additionally, teacher externships will take place in Summer 2021 to ensure CTE teacher's knowledge base of today's business and industry trends, placing students in positions to fulfill industry needs and satisfy a student's career ambition. GCS-CTE is committed to fostering relationships with businesses/industries that provide a clear investment and sustainable return to mitigate the wealth gap by improving workforce prospects and economic development in Guilford County and beyond.

CTE Students Selected for Paid Summer Internship with Builders Bridge

We are pleased to announce several GCS CTE students have made it to the fourth phase of the hiring process. CTE students can experience the many different facets of construction such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, exterior siding, installation, masonry, landscaping, concrete, and have the added benefit of being able to "earn while you learn." To learn more: www.buildersbridge.com/internship-program

Students at Southern Guilford High School Earn Credentials!

Mrs. Hailey Peeler of Southern Guilford High School certifies nine out of ten Veterinary Assisting Pathway students to earn their Certified Veterinary Assisting credentials! Seven of those students are from this current school year and two are from last year that weren’t able to test due to COVID-19. This is a challenging 100 question test that covers all areas of veterinary medicine - from large animal health to small animal health, cleaning protocols and procedures, dosage calculations, etc. Students who completed this course are walking away with two industry-recognized credentials this year! CTE students are career-ready!

A Local Business Shows CTE Teacher's Appreciation

In May, for Teacher's Appreciation Week, the GCS CTE team connected with a thriving local business owner and faith-based leader. Anthony Knotts, the owner of a local Greensboro restaurant, Seafood Destiny, provided dinner for GCS CTE Teachers to show appreciation for all that teachers do! During the drive-through event, Seafood Destiny provided over 200 meals to GCS CTE teachers. Pastor Knotts shared with the district team that he is a firm believer in the adage, "you reap what you sow." It was a true pleasure to support our CTE teachers, who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic. Following the event, the CTE Department was overwhelmed by expressions of gratitude from teachers, simply expressing their appreciation - reminding us that we are in this TOGETHER! We always want to acknowledge the hard work that goes into educating our CTE students and adequately preparing them for high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand careers! Thank you, CTE teachers!

•Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)•

Nyree Bell, Academy at Smith, and her shirt design (front and back of her shirt design)

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA): 2021 State Leadership Conference Finalist

Congratulation to Nyree Bell from The Academy at Smith for making as a finalist in the NC FBLA State Conference with the Spirit – NC FBLA - T-Shirt Competition. Miss Bell was among the top seven finalists in the state of North Carolina for her T-Shirt Design! Special thanks to her FBLA Advisor, Mr. Quincy Tanner, a Business Management CTE teacher. Congratulations, Ms. Bell for a job well done!

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Nancy Cross, Guilford County Schools CTE Director

CTE Director Nancy Cross advanced to the Association of Career and Technical Education's (ACTE) Regional Carl Perkins Community Service Award competition after being named the North Carolina recipient in July 2020. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to impact their community significantly and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. The award memorializes CTE advocate, educator, attorney, and congressional representative Carl D. Perkins, who embraced CTE as a life-changing opportunity. Ms. Cross expressed she shares this sentiment and added, "I am honored and humbled to represent North Carolina in the Carl Perkins Community Service Award regional competition and thankful for those who support the work of the entire GCS CTE Team." Regional awardees will be announced in September and then move to the ACTE's national competition.

• CTE Teacher Spotlight•

Family & Consumer Science PLC Group Celebrate Retirements

Front row: Alicia Warren and Minerva Current; Back Row: Diantha Jones, Sandy Cornett, Cicily Springs, Wakiah Louis, Lisa Gidderon, Karen Jackson, Melissa Craven, Cynethia Mayhand (Pathway Innovator), Sharon Davis (Pathway Innovator), Nancy Cross, and Tarlisa Shaw

Middle School Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers have navigated the pandemic by continuing to meet regularly for their Professional Learning Community (PLC). While social distancing made in-person PLCs challenging for a period, the group has met virtually and recently resumed in-person meetings. In May, the group joined together at Elizabeth's Pizza for a time of CTE updates, sharing of best practices, and celebrating two long-time FCS teachers who will retire at the end of the year. Minerva Current, Hairston Middle, and Alicia Warren, Southeast Middle, have enjoyed many years of teaching middle school students in GCS about personal finance and hospitality, nutrition and wellness, and apparel and interior design. We are thankful for Mrs. Current and Mrs. Warren and the impact they have had, and we wish the very best to both retiring educators as they begin the next journey of their lives.

GCS CTE Staff

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

Nancy Cross • GCS CTE Director

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