Career and Technical Education
Halifax County Schools Career and Technical Education programs are aimed at providing students in grades 6-12 with opportunities to engage in curriculum that supports relevant academic, work, and college experiences. The overall vision for Halifax County CTE programs encompasses a structured approach to learning and to gaining technical skills to support student post-secondary goals and careers. Therefore, vision alignment to the board of education’s goals of student achievement, parent involvement, and fiscal responsibility ensures a strong focus on goal attainment.
Halifax Career and Technical Education Program's vision aligns with the district message of: “Charting a New Course.” The district vision is to create, increase, and sustain opportunities for exposure, growth, and hands-on experiences for all students. Three of the four secondary schools will operate under the state’s restart model beginning 2017-2018. Northwest will become Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy with a strong focus on skills and job readiness for students. Enfield Middle will become Enfield Performing Arts STEAM Academy with emphasis on science, technology, math, engineering, and arts. William R. Davie will become William R. Davie STEM Academy with an emphasis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although Southeast is not operating as a restart school, the school is rebranding to become Southeast Collegiate Academy with an emphasis on Advanced Placement classes (AP) for 2017-2018.
Career and Technical Education will operate within this new overall structure with the following three guiding questions to promote and guide program outcomes with the best opportunity for students: “Where Are We Now?,” “Where Are We Going?,” and “How Are We Going to Get There?” The question of “How Are We Going to Get There?” will be answered within the performance management section of the local planning system in each indicator which includes specific systemic strategies for student success. Please visit http://ctelps.dpi.state.nc.us/. Login information - username: guest, password: guest.
In compliance with federal law, Halifax County School District 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.
A concentrator is a student who has earned four or more technical credits in a Career Cluster, at least one of which is a completer course. The student may earn all four credits from foundation courses or three from foundation courses and one from enhancement courses for the Career Cluster.
Career Clusters identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace, so students can link what they learn in school and what they can do in the future. Career Clusters allow students to access a nationwide framework to help them better analyze their long- and short-term career goals, plan what to take in high school to begin to move toward those goals, and implement strategies for further education and work experience that will prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers in the 21st Century.
Both district high schools provide classes for students in the following six career cluster areas: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Finance; Business Management and Administration; Marketing; Information Technology; and Architecture and Construction. For more information, refer to: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/cte/standards/2012/career-clusters.pdf
Students are encouraged and counseled into becoming a completer in their desired program area. Academic alignment is implemented to further student career goals along with career development plans outlining the courses students will need in order to become a completer and to graduate from high school. Students can further cluster studies by enrolling in Career and College Promise courses with our local community college.
The WorkKeys assessment is designed to measure students' career readiness as they prepare to enter the workforce by assessing their abilities in three core areas: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. Students' performance in these areas is meant to demonstrate their abilities to potential employers through the use of standardized, quantitative metrics. There are four certification levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. All CTE Completers are required to take the WorkKeys assessment.
CAREER ENDORSEMENT ON HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
If students are Future Ready, meaning they have 4 qualifying math courses, 4 electives in a CTE Career Cluster achieving CTE concentrator status, a GPA of 2.6 or higher weighted and at least one industry credential: WorkKeys CRC at Silver level or above or another industry credential aligned with a CTE course of study, then they will have a Career Endorsement on their High School Diploma after graduation.
For more information on becoming a CTE Concentrator, talk with any of the CTE department members.