May 24, 2012
Guilford County Schools (GCS) was honored last week as a Friend to Futures 4 Kids (F4K), a nonprofit organization that provides middle- and high-school students with access to career coaches and online career exploration tools. The award was presented during the group's 10th anniversary celebration in Raleigh.
In presenting the award, organization officials praised GCS for its extensive commitment to the program, adding that GCS has more students and more schools using the Futures 4 Kids system than any other school district in North Carolina. In addition, GCS students have made the most posts to F4K career coach discussion boards, and GCS has the greatest parent involvement through Guilford Parent Academy and the GCS Career Exploration Fair.
The district adopted the Futures 4 Kids model in accordance with the strategic plan, which calls for a career exploration initiative that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to explore career interests. The program is used by counselors and career development coordinators throughout GCS.
"Futures 4 Kids helps us show our students a clear vision of how they can be successful in the future," said Bob Gantt, director of Career and Technical Education (CTE). "Through the program, they have a real-world connection to growing industries that can provide great prospects."
GCS students who focus on CTE courses are more likely to graduate on time. In 2011, 94.2 percent of GCS CTE completers graduated within four years, greater than the district average of 83.1 percent.
For more information, contact Gantt at 370-8358.