Career and Technical Education in Hawkins County: 2021 Year in Review | Rogersville


As 2021 attracts to a detailed, I’ve spent the previous couple of days reflecting on what we’ve achieved this yr in Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Hawkins County.

In some ways, 2021 has been a banner yr; nonetheless, although, there’s room for enchancment and I’m assured our development and success will proceed nicely into 2022 and past. This week I wish to rapidly recap among the highlights from 2021, and shut with a sneak peek at what you possibly can count on to see from CTE in 2022.

While 2021 has definitely been a difficult yr attributable to a pandemic, I’m very happy with the success the college and employees of the CTE Department has produced. During the final calendar yr, we’ve seen extra college students earn nationally acknowledged business credentials than ever.

Newly established Fire Management Services packages at each Cherokee and Volunteer have flourished in phrases of scholar enrollment and neighborhood engagement. We noticed twin enrollment course choices increase in a number of areas in partnership with TCAT Morristown and Walters State Community College. Most spectacular, although, extra college students than ever full on-the-job internships in the midst of a pandemic that basically altered the way in which we approached so many facets of our each day lives.

All of those accomplishments, and the various others I didn’t point out particularly, are depending on a number of components. First and foremost is the CTE college and employees.

We are lucky to have a employees of CTE instructors who’ve a wealth of expertise and data and a ardour for passing it on to our college students. Stated plainly, the success of CTE in Hawkins County is carried on their shoulders, and they’re doing wonderful work.

We are additionally lucky to have Board of Education members and a Director of Schools who understands the significance of CTE, and do all inside their energy to help our work. Strong and rising partnerships with TCAT Morristown and Walters State Community College have additionally been instrumental to this success.

Finally, we’ve seen super development in neighborhood engagement. From my perspective, the connection between native enterprise and business, civic and neighborhood organizations, and the college system is stronger than it has ever been.

2021 was difficult certainly, however maybe the silver lining of such a yr is that we’ve banded collectively to perform an important deal, and we’re marching towards reaching our imaginative and prescient in lock step as a neighborhood.

As the ultimate hours of 2021 tick away, and all of us get up to a New Year in the morning, I’m desirous to see CTE proceed to enhance. We have a number of massive issues in the works, a few of which can come to move in 2022, others could take longer, however the outlook is brilliant and we’re anxious to get began.

The New Year will seemingly carry one more enhance in college students incomes business credentials. If all goes based on plan, we’ll see one other desperately wanted program enlargement with the addition of Machine Tool lessons at Cherokee High School.

I totally count on the Fire Management Services lessons to develop exponentially in 2022. I’m sure we’ll see extra twin enrollment credit earned than ever earlier than in the approaching yr.

I can inform you for positive we’ll see further college students finishing work-based studying internships with native corporations as early as January. Specifically, we can have 3-4 college students starting internships with Premier Communications Technologies in Rogersville when lessons resume after the New Year.

Likewise, we can have 1-2 college students getting into internships with JTH Industrial in Church Hill very quickly. Several different native corporations have expressed curiosity in internet hosting scholar interns; we’ll start ironing out the small print of these partnerships in earnest.

Along these strains, I hope we’ll see our first scholar participate in a pre-apprenticeship. That alternative is just like the work-based studying internship so lots of our college students take part in at present, but it surely has a couple of key variations.

Primarily, a pre-apprenticeship expertise the precursor to a scholar finishing a registered apprenticeship following highschool commencement. In quick, the coed is ready to get a head begin and minimize down among the time it takes to finish the registered apprenticeship.

We have one pre-apprenticeship settlement in place with JA Street and Associates General Contractors for college kids enrolled in Residential and Commercial Construction programs. We are at present negotiating agreements with a couple of different corporations for college kids enrolled in Engineering and Industrial Maintenance programs.

While I don’t imagine we’ll see the completion of the proposed CTE facility in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park, I do count on we’ll see significant progress towards that aim. Specifically, I count on we’ll start to safe funding from a number of sources, and because of this will see the momentum of that challenge decide up velocity at a fast tempo.

Of all of the issues we’ve in the works for CTE, I’m most enthusiastic about this challenge. When we break floor on this facility it will likely be, I imagine, symbolic of the second in time after we took one of many biggest steps ahead for our college students, our neighborhood, and our native financial system.

I want I might articulate how a lot I sit up for that day. However, in the meantime there’s nonetheless a variety of thrilling work happening that may have lifelong implications on our college students.

In my reflections over the previous few days one factor has remained in the forefront of my thoughts, and that’s how extremely blessed I really feel to be part of the workforce doing this work. Happy New Year!