Student Spotlight: David Howland, Western Harnett High School

School: Western Harnett
Pathway: Computer Information Technology
GPA: 3.32

David Howland

David Howland is a Senior at Western Harnett High School in the Career and College Promise Computer Information Technology Pathway. During David's participation with CCW, he has had many exciting and new experiences as a result of taking online, college-level courses.

When asked what David learned from taking college courses, he stated, "I have gained the ability to manage time better and also complete assignments without teachers constantly reminding me when they are due." David also said, "I would advise students planning to take CCP courses in the future to manage their time and keep up with due dates of assignments in order to make good grades and be successful in CCP classes."

After David graduates from Western Harnett he plans to continue onto a community college to complete an associate's degree in a computer related field. Then he would like to transfer to North Carolina State University to obtain a bachelor's degree in computer science.

CTE Pathway Offering: Broadcasting Production & Technology

The development and uses of technology are becoming more advanced each and every day. From listening to music on your phone to watching television on your iPad, multimedia is used all over the world and is expanding at a very fast rate. This can be very beneficial for students interested in the radio and television industry who can enroll in the Broadcasting Production & Technology pathway.

Are you a hands-on learner? Do you like using technology? Students who enroll in the Broadcasting Production & Technology pathway will benefit from hands-on learning using digital video and audio equipment. Students learn how to work in a variety of broadcasting related work environments such as a radio studio or video production lab. Students who succeed in this program are energetic, creative team players who enjoy working with technology . It is also important to be a good oral and written communicator and critical thinker. Finally, successful students work well under pressure, as deadlines can often be tight and demanding.

Credits earned in this program may be transferred toward an associate in applied science degree in broadcasting production technology provided the student meets the entrance requirements for the degree program. Graduates of the AAS degree are prepared to enter the workforce in a broadcasting-related field.

Resources for Students Ready for Work: Indeed

Looking for a job? Many students all across North Carolina are looking for some type of employment during, and most importantly, after their education is completed. In today's industry, employment is very competitive, as many people are looking for their first job or their dream job. So, how can students get the jump on obtaining a job during and after completing their education? One available resource is Indeed.

Indeed is a search engine which provides job-seekers with the most up-to-date opportunities for potential employees. For students, Indeed provides the tools to not only search for job, but to also view sample resumes, create resumes, receive opportunities directly to personal emails, and much more. Indeed provides students an advantage to obtain a job or internship. Visit their website for more information on Indeed.

College Transfer at a Glance: UNC-Asheville

Asheville University

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is a liberal arts institution located within the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. UNC-A offers students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime.

The University, with its prestigious academics and adventurous scenery, annually attracts about 3,700 undergraduate students exploring academic programs within 30 majors. Learning not only is displayed within the classroom, it expands beyond the classroom walls through career-related internships, study abroad opportunities, or service projects.

Along with obtaining a quality education, students have the opportunity to explore extra-curricular activities. Students have the option to participate in over 60 clubs and organizations, NCAA Division I athletic teams, and local outdoor adventure activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains such as hiking, kayaking, rock-climbing and more!

Lift your eyes to the mountains and visit The University of North Carolina at Asheville! Go Bulldogs! Visit the college's website for more information.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Spring Open House, Saturday, March 19 (registration required)

Resources for Students Going to College: Khan Academy

It's testing time! Students are hard at work preparing for and completing college admissions requirements. One requirement for college admissions is entrance and placement testing, which includes the SAT and ACT exams. Students are dedicated to not only succeeding in the classroom on a daily basis, but in their preparation for acceptance to their dream college/university. Entrance and placement exams are one area students can work to improve their chances of college acceptance. An excellent resource available to students preparing for these tests is Khan Academy.

The Khan Academy website offers many free resources for test preparation through practice problems and informative videos. With a large variety of subjects and resources, students can customize their preparation based on individual weaknesses and needs. Take some time to explore this valuable, free resource!

Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight

CCW Staf at Christmas

What a wonderful fall semester this has been! As the winter break approaches, I reflect on how wonderful our students are. I am so thankful that CCW is in its second year and that we have such wonderful advisors in the high schools. I am also thankful for our wonderful partners, of which none of this would be possible without. A preliminary enrollment update for the spring term is noted below. We will be excited to return in January to close out the fall semester and begin the spring semester! I wish everyone a happy and safe break!

Happy Holidays from CCCC and the entire CCW Team!

Take care,
Virginia Mallory, Director of Secondary Partnerships

"You can never be overdressed or overeducated." ~ Oscar Wilde

Points of Interest:
Course guide updates were submitted to each county prior to the holiday break. The course guides will be used for the 2016-2017 high school registration period and include new CTE pathways.

CCW activities for the Spring are in the process of being planned. More information to come!

Spring Enrollment Update:
816* CCP students from the 9 areas schools are pre-registered for 2nd semester.
*this figure will fluctuate in January.

New CTE Pathways Coming Fall 2016!

  • Computer-Aided Drafting Design Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Health and Fitness Science
  • Health Information Technology
  • Veterinary Medical Technology
  • Welding Apprenticeship in Harnett County

Please see CCP Program Updates below for the latest updates to the CCP program.

CCW is in the process of hiring a new advisor for Harnett Central High School. We hope to have someone in place in January.

CCP Program Updates

NC Career & College Promise
High School Fall 2014 Enrollment Fall 2015 Enrollment
Chatham Central High School 31 56
Jordan Matthews High School 62 89
Northwood High School 60 120
Lee County High School 73 131
Southern Lee High School 76 145
Harnett Central High School 31 49
Triton High School 54 79
Overhills High School 25 70
Western Harnett High School 17 58

The Career and College Promise Operating Procedures were updated in October. Several positive changes and updates have been made to the CCP program. Please review and use the the updated operating procedures moving forward. The current procedures can be found on the NCCCS website.