Increase in programs will benefit student choices

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 07:13 PM

Vocational programs will expand next year in Vance County.

The Vance County Board of Education approved a career and technical education plan Monday night to grant state and federal funding for middle and high school trade-skill curriculums.

Willa Clark, the CTE director, presented the 2014-2015 application on May 22 at a curriculum committee meeting.

She said the district would add 10 courses to the 55 currently offered and incorporate advanced training in manufacturing and science, technology engineering and math, commonly referred to as STEM.

Melodie Kernahan, Southern Vance High School’s Health Science Education teacher, said her medical academy will introduce a new freshman class of 40 and start clinicals at Maria Parham Medical Center next year.

“It’s really a great program and opportunity for students who want to be in the medical field,” she said Tuesday. “And it is growing.”

As recommended by board member Ed Wilson, signs will go up in front of each school to show parents and visitors what certification programs are housed where.

At the board meeting, Chairwoman Gloria White said it was a great idea.

The board approved the CTE plan and Wilson’s recommendation without discussion.

The plan will be submitted to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction along with requests for funding through Title I for low-income students and the migrant education program for minority students.

The board accepted the second reading of the employee use of social media policy and distribution and display of non-school material policy without discussion as well.

Both policies protect student exposure to inappropriate material by regulating student and teacher interaction on social media networks and solicitation on school property.

The drafts will go back to the policy committee for revisions and come before the board again at its next meeting.

The board also approved:

• Another term for Opie Frazier as a Vance-Granville Community College trustee.

• Cancellation of the board’s July meeting for an end of the year closeout meeting on Monday, June 30.

• A transfer request for more than 20 students leaving the county and two entering due to parent employment status.

• An overnight field trip request for the Northern Vance High’s boys basketball team to Catawba College for basketball camp.

• Seven employee recommendations, 10 resignations, two retirements and six leaves.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.