February is Career and Technical Education Month, and at their Monday assembly, Halifax County School Board members heard success tales of native college students concerned in these programs.
CTE programs are “designed to prepare young people for productive futures while meeting the commonwealth’s need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers,” in keeping with the Virginia Department of Education.
Rebecca Saunders, CTE coordinator at Halifax County High School, informed board members, “I’d like to draw attention to what we are doing in our high school building and it’s not necessarily just for our college bound students. We do have an extensive program of Career and Technical Education teachers and students here tonight.”
She went on to share tales of a number of college students who’s scores have been “nearly perfect” when taking certification exams whereas taking programs in the enterprise division.
Jocelyn Forest is the trainer in the enterprise division.
Students who have been recognized embody Adam Hernandez, who scored a 871 or increased on his Microsoft certifications; Matthew Walker, who scored above a 828 on his certifications with 971 being his highest rating; Kiera Strohm, who handed all Microsoft 2016 and Microsoft 2019 certifications; Justin Poole, who had an ideal 1,000 on one in every of his certifications and handed all Microsoft 2016 and Microsoft 2019 certifications; and Trevor Pope, who was in the “near perfect range.”
Saunders stated these certications are “very advantageous” on a resume, and permit college students to see they’re “capable of doing more than just taking SOLs and working in the core classes.”
“There are so many good things to say about our students and what they’re doing in our buildings,” Saunders added.
She, together with pharmacy tech teacher Nicole Clem, went onto acknowledge two graduates of this system, Kerrie Reaves and Skyla Strohm.
“I am super proud of them because they were my first year students and both of them passed the certifications on the first year,” stated Clem.
The teacher additionally went on to clarify that the pharmacy tech program permits for college students to go straight into the workforce after gradation, like Reaves and Strohm selected to do, or they may proceed their training.
Agriculture instructors Don Reese and Ellen Slagle additionally spotlighted their program and the Future Farmers of America.
Although not current, Reese recognized Evelyn Farmer, Kayleigh Freeman and Katrina Hill.
Freeman positioned first in the Agriscience Research Poster contest on the State Fair of Virginia, and Hill positioned seventh.
Several groups additionally travelled to Doswell to compete in the next contests: Junior Foresters, Horse Hippology and Agriscience Demonstration.
Students enrolled in the Career Tech Academy additionally have been recognized. The CTA is positioned the Southern Virginia Higher Ed Center and supplies highschool juniors and seniors from Charlotte, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties coaching in automation and robotics, data know-how, industrial know-how and welding.
Welding is presently solely provided to Halifax County college students.
Stephanie Robinson, CTA administrator, took the time to acknowledge 4 college students, Cedric Stovall, Grace Wright, Will Van Opstal and Kenneth Fears, who’re CTA-IT college students who’ve been accepted into Old Dominion University.
Wright, who has been accepted into ODU’s laptop engineering bachelor’s diploma program, stated, “I really recommend this class to anyone in high school who doesn’t know what they want to do. It really gives you a sense of community because you’re surrounded by people who have the same goals as you.”
Stovall, who was accepted into ODU’s cybersecurity’s program, stated the CTA’s IT program gave him hands-on expertise.
“It’s a great head start for students even if you don’t want to go into a technical field because you’ll get IT experience and learn stuff that might be helpful later in life,” stated Stovall.
They additionally performed a video that demonstrated automation robotics scholar Kate Bishop’s robotic arm that she programmed to play Twinkle Twinkle. Bishop needed to design and make the finger prototype with the 3D printer.