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Welcome to Career & Technical Education

 Career & Technical Education 
      Wilkes County Schools
Mission Statement
To create a highly trained and sustainable workforce by empowering students
to become successful citizens, workers, and leaders in a global economy.

2018 Annual Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony 

Congratulations to Wilkes County's first apprentices!  Apprenticeship Wilkes hosted a signing ceremony in the Board Room honoring Kaitlyn Bell (InfusionPoints), Tate Foster (Gardner Glass), and Hannah M. Billings (InfusionPoints). Each of these students completed their pre-apprenticeship in the summer of 2018 & were offered a formal apprenticeship upon successful completion.  These students will be learning valuable skills from both on the job training and courses with Wilkes Community College, specific to their trade. A big Thank You to Wilkes Economic Development Corporation for sponsoring this event. 

Mock Interviews & Dessert!
Students practicing interview skills
Food and Nutrition I students completed a unit of study on table manners and etiquette. Mrs. Minton's classes (WWHS) partnered with GEAR UP to learn more about job interviews.  In a recent field trip, students met with local businesses to practice mock interview questions over dessert at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery.
Businesses included Carolina West Wireless, Samaritan's Purse, Thompson's Business Services, INC, Wilkes County Health Department and the Career and Technical Education Director for Wilkes County Schools. Business representatives enjoyed dessert with the students and provided tips for answering questions during an interview. 
EWHS Intern Recognized by Hugh Chatham Hospital

Caitlin S., EWHS student intern is a "Go-Getter" according to a staff member at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.  Caitlin is the first intern to receive a STARS award from Wilkes County Schools (these awards are typically reserved for employees).  STARS stands for Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, and Self Care - these are all standards of performance at Hugh Chatham.  Caitlin is an intern in the radiology department.
Caitlin is an outstanding intern who has exceeded the minimum number of required internship hours.  Caitlin enjoyed interning on the weekends so she could see what it was like in the radiology department for a shift rather than the short amount of time her scheduled internship period allowed her during the week.  According to staff in the radiology department, Caitlin was motivated and eager to learn!   Caitlin demonstrated many valuable soft skills throughout her internship experience:  time management, professionalism, positive attitude, initiative, dependability, and communication, all of which are an integral part of our internship program.
 CTE Partners with Business Supporters!

Students participating in mock interviewVolunteers with student participating in mock interview
Mrs. Gambill, WWHS Health Science teacher teamed up with the Career Development Coordinator to give students a mock interview experience with the help of our local business partners.  Students learned about resume writing and interview skills (special thanks to Debbie Furr from Wilkes Community College) prior to their mock interview.  Students dressed to impress and came prepared with a copy of their resume when they sat for their individual interviews. 
We would like to give a special thanks to Shane Triplett from Lowe's Companies, Tracy Mays from Avante, Karenanne Tragdon from Villages of Wilkes, Camilla Lovette from State Employees Credit Union, and Jack Lynch from BB&T Bank for making this such a real experience for our students. 
As a result of this experience, students were able to receive valuable feedback from hiring managers and turn their jitters into confidence as they prepare for their futures!

Vision Statement
To eliminate unemployment in Wilkes County by strategically aligning educational offerings with the needs of local business and industry.
Non-Discrimination Statement
In compliance with federal laws, Wilkes County Schools administers all locally operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, marital status, pregnancy, military service, disability, or gender, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. 

Declaración Sobre la Discriminación
De acuerdo con las leyes federales todos los programas educativos locales y toda actividad de empleo del sistema escolar del condado de Wilkes se administra sin discriminación en base a la raza, la religión, el origen nacional o étnico, el color, la edad, el estatus marital, estado de embarazo, servicio militar, discapacidad o género, excepto cuando la exención sea la apropiada o permitida por ley.