Connections 2017

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4 A manda Howell always wanted to be a nurse. The path to achieving that goal happened faster than normal, but only because she was offered opportunities in high school that put her into the workforce sooner. "My grandma was a nurse," Howell said. "She's been a nurse like for (40) years, and that's kind of where it all stemmed from, and I've always liked to help people. I can't imagine doing anything else." As a sophomore, she started taking Career and Tech- nical Education, CTE, classes that started to build a foundation for a career in medicine. By the time she was a senior, she was able to complete allied health CTE training, which opened the door for her to complete nurse aide training and become a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also completed a couple college courses during high school, including human anatomy and physiology and medical terminology. "I wanted to be a nurse as soon as possible, so that's why I took the CTE classes. And it gave me the opportu- nity to graduate with my CNA," she said. CTE classes, offered at many middle and high schools, provide opportunities for students to receive a skill- based education that offers a stepping stone into jobs, careers and higher education, said Beverly Boltinhouse, interim director of Career and Technical Education for Wayne County Schools. The skill-based training has only increased in recent years, and is a shift from the vocational classes of the past when students took home economics, shop or auto mechanics. The goal then was to teach basic life skills. Today, education is more geared toward career and EDUCATION Amanda Howell scans a computer screen to verify that the correct medicine is adminis- tered to a patient dur- ing a busy schedule of rounds at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Howell is currently fulfilling a Rosewood High School Career and Technical degree that allows her to take courses in her chosen field while working as a nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Connecting to a career Amanda Howell takes the fast track to a career she always knew she wanted to be in — nursing. With the Career and Technical Education courses offered at Wayne County Schools, she was able to connect her education to her career. Contributed photo Amanda Howell, right, at her nursing pinning ceremony at Wayne Community College in May with her grandmother, Sandra Mizelle, a retired nurse. The two are holding Mizelle's photo taken during her pinning ceremony in 1960. See CAREER, Page 5 Story by ROCHELLE MOORE Photos by SETH COMBS In the first year: Chantel Moore works to get her certification through the lateral entry program. Teen Court success: Program gives juveniles another chance at success, helping them move past mistakes. Tech in schools: Wayne County schools advance education through technology.

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