PCS CTE Connections Spring 2023

Weeks of February 28th - March 10th

CTE Director's Message

I hope that everyone is feeling revived and refreshed from Spring Break! We have made it through the 3rd quarter of the year and we are now in the home stretch! I am looking forward to the strong finish for CTE in the coming weeks. Graduation will be upon us before you know it and summer career accelerator camps are right around the corner. Lets FINISH STRONG!

There are some exciting initiatives coming up for our district to include:

Classrooms to Careers Fair - March 16th
Pathway to Careers Resume Clinic - March 24th

HOSA State Leadership Conference - April 12th - 15th
Pathway to Careers Mock Interviews - April 17th

Skills USA State Competitions - April 18th - 20th
Pathway to Careers Senior Hiring Fair - April 28th
Career Signing Day - May 9th

Huge thank you to all CTE teachers, leadership and staff for all that you do for our students daily!

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Classroom to Careers District Wide Middle School Career Fair

Pender County Schools CTE and Cape Fear Middle School is hosting a middle school career fair entitled "Classrooms to Careers" in conjunction with CFMS Ttile I program.

We have 36 people/organizations representing approximately 45 careers. CFMS teachers will and district CTE staff will be present to help students make the connections between what they are learning in the classroom and their futures.

Students have a passport activity to help them engage with employers and which they will turn in for possible door prizes from Memory Lane Comics, FlipNFly and the CFMS PTO.

Thursday, March 16

5-630 pm

Cape Fear Middle

The will serve as the 3rd county-wide, middle school career fair providing various opportunities to every middle school in PCS in the last 12 months. WPMS hosted March 2022, TMS hosted November 2022 and CFMS is hosting March 2023. We want to provide our students with every opportunity possible to help them make an informed post-secondary decision to be enrolled, enlisted or employed upon graduation.

Pender County Schools CTE Job Shadow Day - 365 Student Participants

This year's Job Shadow Day was very successful day as 365 students from 7th to 12th grade participated in a job shadow experiential learning experience. Students had the opportunity to shadow a professional in the career in which they would like to pursue someday. Students were tasked with vlogging about their job shadow experience and creating a special thank you video that will be sent to their job shadow day hosts.
Job Shadow Day 2023


Pederlea School Students Participate in Real-World Shark Tank Simulation

Students put in countless hours of hard work and dedication to bring their product to life. Their goal was to not only convince a savvy "shark" investor, to buy their product but to also show the world what beneficial impact their product can have on schools in our community.

As educators, we can impart knowledge through lessons in the classroom, however we cannot teach hands-on experience. This experience was a critical aspect for students to fully grasp the concepts and develop valuable skills.

Our actual leaders such as BOE members, Principals, and other central office staff provided real experiences, challenged and inspired our students, fostering their passion for making a positive impact in their community.

Thank you to Mr. Noonan for developing this experience and implementing a shark tank simulation for our community.

Pender High School Health Science Students End their Professional Career Prep Unit by visiting the Wilson Center

Students had to complete a professional resume, cover letter, and do a professional interview where they had to dress to impress. Students went to the Wilson Center for a live performance and again the students had to dress to impress and practice soft skills.

Topsail High School Adobe Visual Students Create Innovative Avatar Photos

Pender High School's Masonry Students Participate in Regional Masonry Competition

Friday March 10th Pender High School Masonry students participated in the Southeast Regional Masonry Skills Competition in Goldsboro.

Student Participants:

Naomi Giddeons

Andrew Zheng

Carter Winter

Braxton McCoy

Madison Newton

Eliis Jacobs

Heman Leon

PHS's Madison Newton placed 3rd in the Masonry 2 Regional competition in Goldsboro earning $100 and a 36” level. She also competed in the line burner competition earning herself and lead man Heman Leon an additional $100 each! Congrats to all who participated!!


Sign up for Pathway to Careers Hiring Event Open to Business Partners

Our Pathway to Careers program focuses on "undecided Seniors" who do not have a post-secondary plan. We are targeting this group of students with the intent that we can expose them to opportunities to help frame an informed post-secondary decision upon graduation.

Pender County Schools CTE Vision is to ensure that each student is either enrolled, enlisted or employed upon graduation. We are laser focused on building pipelines to education and employment opportunities in Pender County. Our overall goal is to provide a true hiring event for our students and then celebrate our students with a signing day!

We have outlined a preparation program for our students in order to set them up for success.

1. February:Students have the opportunity to participate/shadow tech programs at CFCC they are interested in for a day.

2. March24th : Resume Writing Workshop for Students

3. April 17th: Mock Interviews for Students

4. April 28th: Hiring Event (Students will be interviewed for real jobs)

5. May 9th: Career Signing Day

If students complete the entire program and EARN an employment opportunity, Pender County Schools will pay them $15 for up to 120 hours for a probationary period for the employer. At that point, employers can choose if they want to hire the student or not.

We are mainly asking for participation in our hiring event and that employers come with the intention to offer a student an employment opportunity. We will create a job board for our students in which they can submit their resumes to you and then you can choose which students you want to interview. We will schedule the interview for yourself and the student.

There is NO WAY we can reach this goal without engagement from you. I am asking that you please consider this opportunity to help build our pipelines from k-12 to industry. Please refer to the attached flyer for registration for this event. Or click the link below.


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Spring District Wide Events

PCS CTE has several upcoming events in the Spring that we are planning for our students, teachers and our community. Please see the list below and Flyers embedded in the newsletter.

March 16th - Cruising into Your Career Fair

April 28th - Unsigned Senior Hiring Fair

May 9th - Career Signing Day

See Save the Date Flyers Below

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Portrait of a Graduate

Portrait of a Graduate

An initiative led by the N.C Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to define the skills and mindsets students need for success after high school has been unfolding since March. Now, with the help of 1,200 North Carolinians across the state, this grassroots-informed Portrait of a Graduate has been finalized.

Revealed October 18th the result of that effort – known as the Portrait of a Graduate – aims to ensure that North Carolina students are well equipped for the broadest range of postsecondary opportunities. Aligning with State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Catherine Truitt’s 2022 focus on the “Year of the Workforce,” the Portrait can be adopted by schools and districts to better prepare the state’s 1.5 million students for civic life, career or college.

As determined by the design teams that were part of the initiative, the statewide Portrait identifies seven competencies that students should possess upon graduation from high school to help them thrive in the 21st century.

These include:

  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy
  • Learner’s Mindset
  • Personal Responsibility
North Carolina Portrait of a Graduate - What It Means

My Future NC Data

This data is put together by My Future NC representatives based on performance indicators dealing with economic mobility in Pender County. Please take a look at the information and see how we are making an impact on our future here in Pender County.

PCS CTE's vision of ensuring that students are enrolled, enlisted or employed are aligned with My Future NC and House Bill 664. To ensure that the state remains economically competitive, the state shall ensure that by the year 2030, 2 million 16 to 24 year olds will have earned a recognized industry credential or post-secondary degree.

The data in the report below:

•Highlights county and regional performance on key indicators

•Lists specific opportunities for improvement that will ultimately lead to increased attainment

•Facilitates decision-making on LOCAL priorities

•Uses data to identify three actionable opportunity areas to improve future attainment outcomes