Career and Technical Education

Trenton Hightower, Pine Forest High School, Named SkillsUSA Officer

Trenton Hightower from Pine Forest High School was recently chosen as was one of seven high school students selected to serve as SkillsUSA North Carolina state officer at the annual state leadership and skills conference (this year held virtually due to COVID-19). For the next year, these seven individuals will serve as ambassadors and travel to events across the state and country sharing the message of Career and Technical Education, and specifically the message of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA North Carolina officers work together to develop engaging educational conferences for the 6,000+ members statewide. Additionally, they visit business and industry representatives and legislative representatives. Through effective speaking and facilitating techniques, SkillsUSA North Carolina leaders communicate the message of career-readiness.

Read this and more in What’s WORKING in Career and Technical Education in the CTE News Briefs – June 2020.

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Published by Storie Smith on June 16, 2020

        


HOSA future health professionals logThe NCHOSA State Leadership Conference was held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCHOSA’s Board of Directors felt it was necessary for our future essential employees of the healthcare industry to push through and enjoy the conference. Competitions occurred the week of April 27th and chapter voting delegates were able to vote for the NCHOSA Executive Council for 2020-2021.

Westover High School’s HOSA hosted a watch party with a virtual induction ceremony for the new HOSA  Board. Applicants applied using Google Forms and interviewed with a committee comprised of current board members and HOSA advisors. Westover HOSA is proud of all of the students who competed and are proud to announce the following placements and recognitions:

  • Jaylinn Simms, top 10 -Healthcare Issues Exam
  • Aliah Pinero, top 10- Prepared Speaking
  • Romae Smith- Sandhills Regional Executive Officer
  • Westover High School- Gold Star Chapter
  • Westover High School- $800.00 donation to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the HOSA National Service Project
  • Joy Graham- Gold Star Advisor
  • Kacheckia Dewitt- Gold Star Advisor

Kacheckia Dewitt has served on the NCHOSA Board of Directors for 2 years and has also served as the Chair-Elect of the NCHOSA Executive Board of Directors.

Personal Reflection (from Joy Graham, Health Science Educator)

Between being a first-year teacher and serving as an advisor to Westover High School’s HOSA chapter, and a pandemic that has transformed education, it has been a wild first year for me. I have particularly enjoyed being an advisor to our HOSA chapter alongside Mrs. Kacheckia Dewitt. Westover’s HOSA chapter has provided an opportunity to get to know the students on a deeper level and give them opportunities to lead while using the skills that they have learned in the classroom. Westover’s HOSA chapter performed well and was highlighted numerous times at the State Leadership Conference that happened virtually on May 13, 2020.  If you are interested in seeing a complete list of the winners or watching the virtual awards ceremony please visit: http://nchosa.org/conferences/state-leadership-conference/.    Congratulations to all of the students who competed and placed at the State Leadership Conference.

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Published by Storie Smith on June 5, 2020

        


Pine Forest Academy of Information Technology students participated in the SkillsUSA South Central Regional Competition on March 6, 2020.  SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that is recognized as an integral part of the classroom.  SkillsUSA gives students an opportunity to enhance both their technical and employability skills.  Currently, more than 300,000 members participate annually in SkillsUSA.  Pine Forest High is extremely proud of these students!

PFHS AOIT Students at the SkillsUSA Regional Competition at FTCC

SkillsUSA Winners

Top Left: Paul Heidepriem, State Director, Trenton Hightower (Class of 2022)
     South Central Region President, Brandon Ramirez, State Leadership Coordinator
Top Right: Chad Davis II (Class of 2023), 1st Place, Job Interview
Bottom Left: Belle Johnson (Class of 2020), 1st Place, Job Demonstration A
Bottom Right: Charles Morris (Class of 2022), 1st Place, Prepared Speech

 

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Published by Storie Smith on March 27, 2020

        


CTE Pathway Fair, female student in blue shirt in front of FTCC Banner

The Cumberland County Schools Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) is working hard to help students achieve a career ready mindset.

On January 28 and 29, nearly 1,000 eighth and ninth grade students flooded the Crown Expo Center to experience the inaugural CTE Pathway Fair. Here they were united with high school, college, and forty industry representatives who helped expose them to sixteen different career pathways.  Read this and more in What’s WORKING in Career and Technical Education in the 2.28.20 CTE News Briefs.

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Published by Storie Smith on March 6, 2020

        


Picture collage of events of Westover High School competing in Greensboro sponsored by Kuraray company. Westover High School teams 9062 and team 9063 competed in Greensboro.The Westover High School Robotics Club had a busy and successful competition season!  On January 11th, Jr. Clawbots, Team 9062, and Claws of Steel, Team 9063, participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge Northern Guilford Qualifier.  Claws of Steel finished number 16, while Jr. Clawbots finished the competition number 4 and reached the semi-finals!!  At this competition Claws of Steel received the 2nd runner up for the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award for their mechanism which allowed them to collect stones in multiple orientations. Next, they competed at the Regional Tournament at Southern Guilford High School, held on January 25th.  Jr. Clawbots placed number 16.  Claws of Steel finished the competition ranked number 6 and reached the semi-finals in that competition!  Congratulations to the students and advisors, Mr. Dan Barfield and Ms. Dora Barron, for an outstanding job!!  

Read this and more in What’s WORKING in Career and Technical Education in the  2.17.20 CTE News Briefs.

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Published by Storie Smith on February 14, 2020

        


The Integrated Systems Technology Academy of Engineering at Jack Britt High School was fortunate enough to help honor one of their own, Mr. David Crane. Mr. Crane is a former teacher and one of the fundamental driving forces behind the creation of the IST Academy.

The members of the academy already named the scholarship they put together for academy students after him, but on January 16th, 2020 a long time dream was finally achieved when they were able to dedicate his portrait and the scholarship winner plaques outside of the Principles of Technology lab he taught in for so many years.

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Published by Storie Smith on February 5, 2020

        


Congratulations to the Spring Lake Middle School FIRST Lego League Team.   Under the guidance of their STEM teacher, Tamisha Mack-Malloy, they competed against 22 other teams from around the region and won First Place in the Inspiration Award.  The regional tournament was sponsored by North Carolina A&T University and was held at Anne Chesnutt Middle. Way to go Broncos! Read this and more in What’s WORKING in Career and Technical Education in the 12.17.19 CTE News Briefs.

 

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Published by Storie Smith on December 17, 2019

        


On November 28, 2019, Thanksgiving Day, Mandy McMillan, her daughter, and entire family volunteered at Highland Presbyterian Church to prepare meals for the less fortunate in the community.  Mandy’s daughter is currently enrolled at Pine Forest Middle School.

E. E. Smith High School and several other Cumberland County school students worked diligently preparing boxes of food.  The selflessness of these young adults who put others before themselves on Thanksgiving Day should make all educators in the Cumberland County school system extremely proud!

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Published by Storie Smith on December 3, 2019

        


On November 12, 2019, the Cumberland County Schools Fire Academy received a most generous gift. The Stoney Point Fire Department donated a 1985 Seagrave fire engine to the Academy.

This donation will allow the Fire Academy students the opportunity to train on a real-world fire apparatus. The Stoney Point Fire Department and the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association also replaced all of the gauges, valves, nozzles, and equipment, so that the engine is in top running order. A local company partner, Atlantic Emergency Solutions (AES), is housing the engine for the Academy at its facility off of Country Club Drive.

Thanks to the Stoney Point Fire Department, the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association, and AES for being super supporters of the Academy.

Read this and more in What’s WORKING in Career and Technical Education in the  11.25.19 CTE News Briefs.

 

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Published by Storie Smith on November 18, 2019

        


Several Cumberland County High Schools participated in the  11th Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Conference at Fayetteville State University on November 6, 2019.   Students at E. E. Smith High School, under the guidance of their teacher Raymond Johnson, did very well and enjoyed competing in the tabletop and elevator pitch competitions.   Tamia Pope, from Westover High School placed second at the Elevator Pitch competition.

Keep expecting great entrepreneurial ideas from our CCS students!

 

 

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Published by Storie Smith on November 7, 2019

        


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