|Wilkes County Students Earn National Career Readiness Certificates!|
Over 480 high school students in Wilkes County met proficiency on their WorkKeys assessment. Each student earned a National Career Readiness Certificate at the silver level or higher! We are so proud of our students.
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Mrs. Minton's Foods 2 Class
@ Biltmore Estate
Together we are Better!
CTE & GEAR UP* partner with local businesses to make out-of-classroom experience a reality for Mrs. Minton's Foods 2 class at West Wilkes High School.
Mrs. Minton had a vision to give her Foods 2 students an opportunity to experience and witness first hand, the skills, knowledge, and realities related to working in Hospitality & Tourism and Culinary Arts.
As the vision was implemented, students benefited from Farm-to-Table lessons, soft skills training, and career exploration.
The culminating grande-finale experience included a day trip to Asheville, NC for a guided educational tour of the beautiful Biltmore Estate, The Inn on Biltmore Estate with behind the scene tours of guest rooms and kitchen areas, and lastly, an informational session and tour of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality & Tourism Programs at AB Technical Community College.
Through these experiences students were able to apply their classroom knowledge and develop a real-world perspective of what a college experience and ultimately a career in these fields would be like. Each student walked away with information, resources, and memories that will help them plan for their future!
This educational trip would not have been possible without the generous support of Spectrum Hospitality, 6th & Main Restaurant, Claudine's Diner, Krispy Kreme, Food Lion (Millers Creek), and Hardee's (Wilkesboro). We cannot thank them enough!!
*GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education immediately after high school (https://gearup.appstate.edu/).