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work readiness. "It used to be where you learn a skill," Boltin- house said. "Now, it's where you're learning a skill and earn credentials that transition you into either getting a job or furthering your edu- cation and building upon what you did. "The industry and the workforce kind of mandated that." CTE training made a world of difference for Howell, who said it would have taken her much longer to become a nurse if she had to start training after high school and juggling to pay for school at the same time. When Howell graduated from Rosewood High School in 2012, she was able to immedi- ately enter the workforce. She worked as a nursing assistant at Countryside Village, an assisted living facility in Pikeville, for almost a year before being hired at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She continued to work at the hospital and was eventually accepted into its college-work program where she was able to work while attending the nursing program at Wayne Com- munity College, at the hospital's cost. She graduated with an associate's degree in nursing in May 2016, and is now a registered nurse at Wayne UNC Health Care. She's also pursuing her bachelor's degree in nursing. "There's no way that I would be a nurse at 22 years old right now if I hadn't had the opportu- nity in high school to get my CNA and to get a job right out of high school and then get my experience and go ahead and start working at the hospital," she said. "It just set me up for everything I needed, careerwise, because I knew what I wanted to do, and it just complete- ly gave me the vehicle to get there." Wayne County Schools offers CTE classes in agriculture, business, family and consumer sci- ences, health science, marketing, technology, auto mechanics, construction, drafting and pub- lic safety. The number of courses continues to increase each year, with classes added based on student interest and market demand, Boltin- house said. More and more students are interested, the number of certifications for skills and training has increased, and many are connecting with employers out of high school or moving into the college system. "Most of them are in a CTE class," Boltin- house said. "A large percentage are. Most of our students will take a CTE class. "If you look at (Charles) B. Aycock (High School), they have 15 CTE teachers and every one of them, every block, is packed because the students are engaged, they're learning." Health science and agriculture are the two CTE subjects students are most interested in, and there is an increasing interest in one of the newest programs — public safety. Public safety, offered at Goldsboro High School, provides skill training in seven areas for future firefighters. "I see that program going to another school in the next few years," Boltinhouse said. Another new program is the sports and entertainment marketing class at GHS. The course was added after GHS students were polled following a low attendance in CTE courses, Boltinhouse said. "It wasn't that they didn't necessarily want CTE classes, but they didn't want the ones that were there," she said. "So, we added the mar- keting, and his classes are full." Plans are already in the works to pilot new courses at Spring Creek High School next year. Two computer engineering technology classes are planned, Boltinhouse said. Job readiness certifications will also be offered at all high schools, during the 2017-18 school year, she said. The future of CTE programs includes advancing into even more skilled training, including computer coding and advanced man- ufacturing. "That is where I see our future in having those classes," she said. Wayne County Schools has more than 90 CTE teachers, with Southern Wayne High School offering the most classes, and Charles B. Aycock High School providing the second-high- est number of CTE options, Boltinhouse said. The classes, which students select by choice, open a whole new world by offering hands-on experience and exposure to careers. "The classes are meaningful, and the indus- tries realize that," Boltinhouse said. "The cur- riculum helps them look at jobs. "Realistically, everybody is not going to seek a four-year degree, but what CTE does is give them valuable skills that if they don't go straight to college, they're going to be able to get gainful employment with a skill." 5 4DMG0217D© New Wayne Montessori licensed child care center for children ages 3&4 currently enrolled in the morning Montessori. 103 New Hare Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534 FOOD - RAFFLE - FUN Phone: (919) 734-0051 www.wayne-montessori.org Enrolling Children Ages 2.5 through Fifth Grade Active Military Discount Come See the Difference! OPEN HOUSE Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm Career Continued from 4 502-B Eastgate Drive Next to Berkeley Mall Mon-Fri 9:30-6 • Sat 9:30-5 www.barnesjewelers.com 919.778.2765 14DSL021&J©

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