The Johnston County school system’s Career and Technical Education Department was host recently for a meeting of Central Region career-development and special-populations coordinators.
The coordinators attended six break-out sessions that focused on ACT WorkKeys, a career-readiness assessment administered to high school seniors.
Cary Lane Cockrell, director of the Career and College Promise program for Johnston County Schools and Johnston Community College, reviewed the qualifications and process for enrolling in the program. Career and College Promise allows North Carolina high school students to begin earning college credit on a community college campus at no cost to them.
Ted Summey, the Central Region’s coordinator of career and technical education, led a session titled “Building Career Pathways that Lead to Career and College Readiness.” The “Pathways to Prosperity” approach creates pathways that link high school coursework to post-secondary opportunities.
Matt Koczanski and Jamie Ramsey of Caterpillar Inc. spoke on the importance of industry and schools working together to provide meaningful apprenticeships. Johnston County schools recently partnered with Caterpillar in Clayton to offer apprenticeships.
The CAT apprenticeship program is scheduled to begin in January 2014. Students at participating schools are interviewing for apprenticeships at the Clayton plant.
Brooke Rice, career-development coordinator at Southern Lee High School, took attendees on a virtual tutorial of Moodle, or Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is a free web application that educators can use to create online learning sites.