CTE Partners with Wilkes Central High School to make the Manufacturing Career Fair a Success!
Two hundred and twenty-one freshman spent time at the Manufacturing Career Fair learning about career opportunities from different business professionals associated with manufacturing on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the first Wilkes Central Career Fair. Nine manufacturers from Alexander, Wilkes, and Surry were represented which included Allura, Craftmaster Furniture, Gardner Glass Products, Meadows Mills, LuRay Textiles, Weyerhauser, Schneider Mills, Tyson, and Anchor Coffee Company. Representatives from Wilkes Community College were also in attendance to talk to the students.
Upperclassmen were also given the opportunity to visit and talk with the representatives during their Smart Lunch.
Community Pivotal in Early Exposure to Careers
Mt. View Elementary School Counselor, Mrs. Walsh organizes an annual career fair to expose students to career fields that might spark an interest! In Wilkes County Schools we believe in a comprehensive career development program, helping students to develop interests, take interest inventories, and gain hands-on learning experiences beginning in elementary school. Early exposure helps middle school and high school counselors and educators guide students in the direction of their interests. This can lead to appropriate course selections, college tuition savings, credentials, etc. Academic & career planning has changed drastically over the last several years.
Business, Industry & Education Forum (BIEF)
BIEF is a platform which provides opportunities for meaningful dialogue between the school system, the community college, workforce development and local business and industry partners. The primary goal of BIEF is to produce better qualified employees for local industry; thus providing a means for individuals and/or families in our community to earn fair and competitive wages.
Our Spring 2017 BIEF meeting was focused on a panel discussion themed, "Current & Future Workforce Needs/Trends in Wilkes County." Panelists included: Eric Cramer/Wilkes Communications, Gary Daemer/InfusionPoints, Randall Parsons/Gardner Glass, Michael Hahn/Lowes, and Dale Isom/Spectrum Hospitality.
Educator Externship Program
Recent visit to Tyson Technical Services, a Fabrication & Machine Shop
The Educator Externship Program is a unique professional development opportunity that allows middle and high school educators to explore local businesses. Participants take business tours and learn about local workforce needs, trends, and required skills. As a result, educators are better able to connect the workplace with the classroom. This program helps bring relevance and enrichment to educational lessons and builds the bridge between skills-based and knowledge-based education.