Contact: Laurie Hogan (336) 370-8307
Created: 11/23/2009 4:38:13 PM
More than 1,500 students and family members attended the GCS Career
Exploration Fair at the Greensboro Coliseum on Nov. 19. The Counseling
and Career and Technical Education (CTE) departments hold the fair
annually for middle and high school students to learn about possible
career fields. Click on the link at the end of the story to view photos.
the fair, students interacted with representatives from more than 65
businesses and were able to learn about jobs in a variety of
industries, including healthcare, construction, technology, sports
management and aviation. Business displays at the fair were interactive
and students got hands-on experience doing the types of tasks required
in some career fields. Students put on surgical masks, caps and gowns
at one of the healthcare tables, while at the masonry display, students
lined up to help build a brick wall.
important to us that our students start thinking about what they want
to do after high school or after college," said Judy Harrington, a CTE
program specialist. The Career Exploration Fair is just one way GCS
prepares students for future careers. During the high school years, CTE
courses are open for students to take in subject areas such as
information technology, construction technology, culinary arts, medical
sciences, automotive technology and early childhood education. These
classes, which used to be called trade or technical courses, are making
a big impact on GCS students.
complete four CTE classes in their area of interest and other
curriculum requirements can graduate as College Tech Prep completers.
More than 80 percent of the district's College Tech Prep completers go
on to post-secondary education. Students who take CTE courses also
graduate at a higher rate. Among 2008 high school graduates in North
Carolina, the graduation rate of students who earned four or more
technical credits was 86.5 percent, while the overall graduation rate
was 70.3 percent.
CTE courses are not the same
"home economics" and "shop" classes of the past. Students earn
international certifications and prepare for viable career fields in
areas of the economy that are growing. "We are training students for
high-skill, high-need and high-wage careers," Harrington said.
To view a slideshow of photos from the Career Exploration Fair, click here.