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CTE Newsletters are published by BCS CTE Support Staff.  Content is written to showcase projects and successes of students and teachers throughout the county and to help connect and inspire Career & Technical Education.

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September 2020 Newsletter

2019-2020 Highlights:

Sponsored booths at the Mountain State Fair- Owen took 1st place!!! Congratulations!!!

Blue Ridge FFA Federation hosted the Truck and Tractor event at the WNC Fair in September. Congratulations to Enka High School who took home 1st Place in Truck Driving and Erwin High 1st Place in Tractor Driving.

Hosted the Student Leadership Academy at Biltmore for 100 high school students.

Hosted our first Work-based Learning Summit with over 40 business and industry partners agreeing to open their doors not only our Nesbitt Discovery School students for internships, but to all our students for work-based learning opportunities.

Over 200 students participated in Construction Career Day at Haywood County Fairgrounds. Students learned about various careers, drove large pieces of equipment and spoke with Industry partners.

Numerous FFA members will attended the National FFA Convention and Competition in Indianapolis and Congratulations to Enka High School’s FFA Agriculture Mechanical & Technical Systems team for their 1st place win at the State conference. 

Over 3200 students have earned industry recognized credentials so far this school year. (Microsoft, CNA, ServSafe, Financial Literacy, First Aide, CPR, Hunters Safety, Career Safe OSHA, Career Readiness, etc.)

Over 1100 high school students earned articulated credits through the RACE (Regional Articulation in Career and Technical Education) Program. Teachers also attended the RACE Alignment Professional Development at Blue Ridge Community College.

Over 850 middle school students, teachers and staff visited area businesses, industries, and governmental agencies during Students@Work Week. Nesbitt Discovery and Erwin High Career Academy students joined in the event. This weeklong event promotes career awareness and is based on the 5X5 economic cluster areas.

Schools partnered with the Asheville Homebuilder’s Association on the Playhouse Project. The playhouses were on display at the Spring Home Show at the WNC Ag Center in March. Congratulations to Enka High School on winning this year’s competition.

Continued to partner with Eblen Charities and A-B Tech to host Career Pathways Camps to rising 9th graders.  These camps are free to BCS students who want to participate.

Continued to partner with Silverline Plastics, Goodwill, Asheville Mall, Grove Park Inn, DoubleTree Biltmore and other businesses for the Career Academy at Erwin High School.

Partnered with the Workforce Development Board to establish a Certified Career Pathway in Hospitality and Tourism.  This is our second certified career pathway for our consortium.  Began work on our third Certified Career Pathway in Health Science.

Established a new Apprenticeship program with NC Department of Labor and Buncombe County Schools.  Departments joining the efforts are: School Nutrition, Transportation and Maintenance.  Students can be enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program while in high school and then fully enroll once they complete the pre-apprenticeship requirements- We are trying to “Grow Our Own Workforce”.

Worked with AB Tech to establish a new Health Science course for students through the Career and College Promise program.  NurseAide will be offered this summer at AB Tech for our students and NBHS and Enka are now certified to offer it on their campuses.

Supported Career and Technical Student Organizations where numerous students won in various events and represented Buncombe County Schools at district, state and national conferences. TCR and ACRHS DECA attended International DECA Competition in Anaheim, California and 30 FCCLA students will be representing Enka, Erwin, TCR and NBHS at the National FCCLA Competition in Nashville, TN in July.

Supported CTE Teachers and Support Staff Professional Development activities.  BCS CTE Personnel presented at local, state and national conferences and represent their program areas as officers in their divisions.

CTE Continues to thrive in Buncombe County Schools with a 98% graduation rate for our CTE Concentrators.

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