HCS Receives Recognition from NCWorks

  • The Career and Technical Education programs offered by Halifax County Schools are:

    • Agricultural Education
    • Business, Finance, and Information Technology
    • Career Development
    • Family and Consumer Science Education
    • Technology Engineering and Design Education
    • Trade and Industrial Education
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) in Halifax County Schools is a comprehensive program serving students in Grades 6-12. The mission of the CTE program is to prepare students to be world class workers and citizens in our global economy. Upon high school graduation and the completion of a CTE sequence of courses, students may choose to enter the workforce, to enroll in a community college or enroll in a 4-year university.

    Programs in CTE are developed to respond to the needs of the economy. To assist in responding to the needs, CTE programs partner with community leaders and organizations through advisory groups that provide support in planning, implementing and evaluating programs. The curriculum in each course is competency based and provides instruction in the skills and knowledge needed for students to achieve success in their chosen Career Pathway.

    High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, graduate at higher rates and typically go on to postsecondary education.

      • Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school.
      • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent.
      • 91 percent of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.

     CTE addresses the needs of industries and helps close the skills gap.

    • Half of all STEM jobs call for workers with less than a Bachelor’s degree.
    • Health care occupations are projected to grow 18 percent by 2026, adding more than 2 million new jobs.
    • Almost half of the energy workforce may need to be replaced by 2024, and demand for solar and wind energy technicians will double.

    The more students participating in career and technical student organizations, the higher their academic motivation, academic engagement, grades, career self-efficacy, college aspirations and employability skills.

    CTE students are significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report developing problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related, communication, time management and critical-thinking skills during high school.

    In compliance with federal law, Halifax County Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. 

    This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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