Sampson County Schools recently reported that the majority of their students are successful in its Career and Technical Education program.
During a recent work session, Ginger Stone, director of career and technical education (CTE), presented unofficial data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to the Sampson County Schools Board of Education. Results show that 76.6 percent of CTE students are proficient.
Stone noted that Sampson students outperformed students in the Southeast region of North Carolina with an average proficiency was 75.3 percent. With more than 393,000 students enrolled in the state, the proficiency rate is 76.1 percent.
In Sampson County, more than 3,104 students participate in CTE courses. The largest program area is Agriculture Education with 912 students, followed by Family and Consumer Sciences with 692 students. Business Education is third at 677.
Hobbton, Lakewood, Midway and Sampson Early College high schools met their target proficiency levels. Union High School fell short at 64 percent of reaching the goal of at least 70 percent. Some of the stated reason was unexpected health issues and new courses. Stone said they’re working to make improvements during the school year.
According to school officials, results are based on CTE post assessments, received selected industry recognized credentials or counting students as proficient using the post-secondary technical attainment measure in the reporting year.
Along with classroom opportunities, other CTE experiences include internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing.Career fairs and student organizations are available for students. Expanded course offerings are offered at Sampson Community College through the Career and College Promise Program. According to the plan, SCS has an articulation agreement with SCC, which allows students who complete courses for college and high school credit.
Teacher David Locklear works with students at Lakewood High School.
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