Student Spotlight: Kaitlin Lumpkin, Western Harnett High School

Kaitlin Lumpkin

Kaitlin Lumpkin, Senior
Pathway: Nursing Assistant
GPA: 4.15

This month's Student Spotlight features Ms. Kaitlin Lumpkin, a senior at Western Harnett High School. Kaitin gives her views on her experience within the CCP Program...

CCP Advisor: Ms. Lumpkin, what have you gained from the CCP and how do you feel this program prepares you for college?

Kaitlin Lumpkin: "With this program, I have gained knowledge and experience that I can use for my future endeavors in the healthcare field. This program is a wonderful way to prepare for college because it allows students to gradually "get the feel" of the environment without becoming overwhelmed.

CCP Advisor: What advice would you give to future participants of the CCP Program?

Kaitlin Lumpkin: "The best piece of advice that I can give to future students is to ALWAYS keep a calendar or organizer ready because remembering due dates for both class and online assignments is the struggle that my classmates and I have faced throughout this semester. Studying also proves to be a necessity for this program, and for anyone that doubts me, just keep in mind that college definitely differs from a high school class because the instructors don't have all the time it takes to teach students all the material they need to know.

New Opportunities for Harnett County Students

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CCP students are already being registered for 2nd semester. The CCW team continues to look at possible new pathways to offer to students based on interest and the workforce need. Students will have several new pathways to choose from for next year during the upcoming high school registration period.

CTE Pathway Offering: Early Childhood Education

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Career & College Promise students in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee Counties can take classes in the Early Childhood Education pathway. Beginning Fall 2015 this pathway can lead to two certificates: the Infant/Toddler Care Certificate and the Family, Home, and Early Childcare Certificate.

Students who complete either one of the certificates will have the course necessary to become a lead teacher, EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education. This credentials a job-seeker through the North Carolina Division of Child Development. Students seeking employment who have the Infant/Toddler Care Certificate will be rated at 5 out of 7 education points by the NC Star Rated License Program. These credentials and ratings mean that a student is more employable. When 75% of a center's teachers in the birth through 2 year old classrooms have the Infant/Toddler Care Certificate, they earn an extra quality point in the calculation for the star rating of the center.

Graduates with the Infant/Toddler Care Certificate are in growing demand in North Carolina. The average annual salary for a certificate-holder is $17,600 according to Career Cruising. If students continue and earn the Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science, their average annual salary is $27,000. This degree does articulate to UNC-G as a part of their 2 Plus Program, as explained in the article below.

FallSpring
EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDU 131 Children, Family, and Community
EDU 144 Child Development I
EDU 153 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

 

Resources for Students Ready for Work: Plan for a Career

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College Foundation of North Carolina, commonly known as CFNC, provides many free resources to students and their families. Typically students are referred to this site to learn about colleges or universities in North Carolina. After discovering colleges that interest them, students can apply directly to those schools via CFNC without having to navigate each individual college or universities' website. This site can also assist families with financial aid planning. However, one of the most overlooked aspects of the site is the career planning resource.

"Career Finder" gives students the opportunity to search for careers of interest narrowing down the list of those careers that meet characteristics that students want. Students can find careers based on Educational Level, Career Facts, Skills, Money and Outlook and more. Results may display in the following format:

CareerEducation LevelState Average Annual EarningsCareer Cluster
Child Care Aide/Worker High School (GED); plus on-the-job training $19,910Human Services

For more information on Career Finder, visit CFNC Career Finder.

College Transfer at a Glance: UNC-Greensboro 2 Plus Program

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Students often attend a community college with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university to continue their education. Sometimes students do not intend to transfer, but decide after earning an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) that they would like to pursue a bachelor's degree. Many encounter frustration when they discover that AAS degrees typically do not transfer. However, some colleges and universities are now offering students with AAS degrees the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers many AAS students this opportunity. CCCC students who earn an AAS in one of the following areas can build on their two-year degree to complete a corresponding bachelor's degree at UNC-G.

CCCC AAS DegreeUNC-G Bachelor's Degree
ADN/Nursing Nursing
Business (Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Technology) Bryan School of Business & Economics (any concentration)
Early Childhood Education Birth-Kindergarten Licensure
Early Care & Education
Elementary Education
Special Education
Auditory/Oral Birth-Kindergarten
Human Services Technology Social Work
Allied Health (Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Healthcare Management Technology, Medical Assisting) Community Health Education (http://www.uncg.edu/phe/bachelors.html) Health Studies (http://www.uncg.edu/phe/bachelors.html)

Students should know that they must complete an approved AAS degree at the community college before transferring into UNC-G's 2 Step program. A student's transfer credit will be evaluated upon admission into UNC-G. Technical classes will be transferred to UNC-G as elective hours. Students can choose to complete additional general education classes at the community college but only 64 hours of credit can be transferred into UNC-G. Students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout their college experience to make this process as seamless as possible.

An Associate in Applied Science from Central Carolina Community College does not mean students have necessarily reached their educational destinations. Visit UNC-G's 2 Step website for more information on the application and transfer process.

Resources for Students Going to College: FAFSA 101

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Federal Student Aid is a part of the US Department of Education and are the largest provider of financial assistance to students in the country. In order to receive financial aid from this department, students must complete and submit a FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form looks at parents' and students' financial information (based on the previous tax year) to determine the amount a family can contribute towards the student's education expenses. Colleges use this figure to determine the amount of aid a student may receive.

Steps for Completing the FAFSA:

  • Get an estimate of your aid at FAFSA4Caster.
  • Gather your financial documents (W2s, tax returns, etc.).
  • Complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet in preparation for completion and submission of the FAFSA.
  • You and your parent should apply for a PIN, which allows for an electronic signature.
  • As early as January 1, 2015 you can access, complete, and submit the FAFSA online or request a paper copy. Processing of paper applications is much more time intensive; online submission is highly recommended. The FAFSA website is also available in Spanish.
  • Check your email for any updates or requests for further information.
  • Follow-up with your college and university to be sure your financial aid application is processed will before your tuition is due!

Students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as close to January 1 as possible; the earlier you apply the more aid that is available. Also, be sure to use only the .gov site - there should be no charge to submit the FAFSA.

February 28, 2015 is FAFSA Day! This day is intended to help anyone who is having difficulty completing the FAFSA alone. To register visit CFNC.

Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight

Virgina Mallory

Holiday greetings from the CCW Team! November and December have been very productive months for the CCW team. As we approach the holiday break, the team has been focused on completing the fall semester and gearing up for the spring semester. Throughout November and December the team has concentrated supporting students as they work to complete their college classes, registering and advising students for next semester, completing grant requirements, meeting with each LEA, planning for upcoming semesters and much more. As CCW's first semester of implementation draws to a close, I reflect on all of the hard work that has taken place to make this model a success. I want to thank the advising team, Lee, Chatham, and Harnett County Schools, our business and industry partners, our funders and supporters, and everyone involved. We are truly serving our students the best way possible and as a united front.

See you in the new year!

Virginia Brown, Director of Secondary Partnerships

Points of Interest:

  • CCP/CCW County Meetings afford CCCC and the LEA to discuss program updates, share information, address any concerns, and plan for upcoming semesters. The advisors have been diligently registering and advising students for the Spring term. Our Spring projections are very strong.
  • The advisors are now able to administer the college placement test at their school site for students. This eliminates any barriers students may have experienced in having to test at a CCCC campus location.
  • Education and Workforce Innovation Fund (EWIF) objectives are underway. The Harnett advisors, along with core teachers from their schools, visited Boone Edam and the CCCC Machining and Laser and Photonics program on November 18th. Both site visits were of great benefit.
  • A CCW EWIF Advisory Committee was established in order to assist CCW carry out several of the unique grant objectives mandated by the EWIF grant. All three LEA's are well represented on the committee and work us underway planning the CTE focused Summer mini-conference.
  • We are excited to implement the CCP Nursing program in Lee and Chatham Counties beginning in the fall. Meetings have taken place with both counties to discuss implementation and logistics.
  • The CCP Nursing program is in it's 2nd year in Harnett County. Harnett County Schools agreed to pilot the program, which has proven to be a great opportunity for students.
  • CCW's own Lara Abels and Foster Cates are featured on the cover of the November issue of Inspired. Please check out the wonderful article on CCW at: http://inspired.lee.k12.nc.us/14_15/46ccworks.htm

 

Enrollment Updates

 

High School Number of Students Enrolled
Chatham Central High School 31
Jordan Matthews High School 62
Northwood High School 60
Lee County High School 73
Southern Lee High School 76
Harnett Central High School 31
Triton High School 54
Overhills High School 25
Western Harnett High School 17

TOTAL ENROLLMENT FOR FALL 2014: 429

Approximate Fall 2013 Enrollment: 250