Student Spotlight: Madison Walters, Jordan Matthews HS

Class: Senior

Pathway: Pre-Associate of Arts

GPA: 4.78

"Madison Walters is a fantastic young lady who constantly shows her teachers what an exceptional student is. She is currently a leader in DECA (an association of marketing students) and will no doubt lead our club to another winning year."
Mr. Luke Nicks, Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor

I decided to take CCP classes my junior year and it has been a great experience! I originally opted to take CCP classes in place of some of my standard high school classes so that I could gain the free college credit as well as to prepare myself for the college classroom atmosphere.

I love taking the classes online, and being able to work on my own time and at my own pace. I am involved in a lot of extra curricular activities both in school and outside of school, so having the ability to work at my own pace has been very helpful! I am the president of our DECA and BETA chapters, I have a job after school and I volunteer with the Chatham County Historical Museum.

I plan on going to college and double major in international business and anthropology. I am applying to UNC, UNC-W, Georgetown, Appalachian, and NYU so that I can pursue my interest in business. I hope to one day work for an international advertising firm!

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

797 students are enrolled in CCP classes from the 9 area high schools, up from 429 last fall

1,144 total high school students are enrolled in CCP classes. This includes Lee Early College, private and charter school students, and home school students.

16% of juniors and seniors are enrolled in CCP classes from the 9 area high schools

CTE Pathway Offering: Medical Assisting

This semester many new pathways are available to better serve our surrounding service areas. The Medical Assisting Pathway allows high school students the opportunity to get an early start on becoming certified medical assistant. Medical Terminology, Medical Law & Ethics and Exam Room Procedures I, are a few examples of the courses that students can take. Students who have the desire to become a medical assistant can work in a hospital, medical doctor's office, or an urgent care facility. On average, medical assistants earn $21,000-$29,000 in an entry level position.

The Medical Assisting Pathway allows students to begin their career quicker or they are able to use the certification as a stepping stone into the medical field. For example, if a student has the desire to become a doctor, working as a medical assistant would allow a student to earn patient/clinical hours which is desired experience for medical school applicants. Being able to begin this pathway as a high school student creates many opportunities for future success in the medical field.

Visit the Medical Assisting Program page on CCCC's website for more information.

Resources for Students Ready for Work: ASVAB Study Materials ASVAB

Interested in the military? If you are considering pursuing a military career you will need to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, commonly known as the ASVAB test. This test measures various items such as a person's skills, knowledge in math and mechanical principles, among other testable areas. Each branch of the military has its own minimum score but the higher your score, the more jobs and options you have. This is a test that you can prepare for in advance. The website below is a great way to get started! The site includes practice questions, exam review videos, flashcards and a study guide. This website is just one of many that will help you prepare for the ASVAB.

Make sure to contact your Career Development Coordinator or your local military recruiter to find out how to register for the test!

College Transfer at a Glance: Catch the Spirit at UNC-Pembroke!

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a public and historically American Indian liberal arts university located in the quaint town of Pembroke, North Carolina. UNC-Pembroke is one of the smallest of the UNC system schools which allows students to experience the benefits of a private college at a public university price of $14,992 a year. On Average, UNC-Pembroke has a student:faculty ratio of 15:1 with a typical class size of 20 diverse students. With over 41 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs, UNC-Pembroke creates a community where students dare to be brave.

The Transfer Transition Office located at UNC-Pembroke provides transfer students support in various ways: each student receives a peer mentor, pre-advising sessions, and hosts monthly activities. The office has also created it's own private study area and computer lab as a resource for its students. The University is dedicated to student success regardless of their starting place.

Are you interested in small class sizes, Division II athletics, or joining 1 of 80 student organizations? Visit UNC-Pembroke during one the open house dates listed below:

Open House Dates

  • Winter - November 21, 2015 and February 13, 2016
  • Spring - April 16, 2016

Resources for Students Going to College: Martha Gay Summer Institute

by Mariann King

This past summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University for three weeks. This program is designed for rising high school seniors that are interested in learning more about the business world. Twelve boys and twelve girls are chosen from the state to participate in this program. The first two weeks of the program are spent on the Appalachian campus. A typical day included attending sessions lead by business professors, working on a group business plan, and fun things such as hiking and tubing. The sessions were on different topics each day; one day we learned about marketing and the next day we learned about international business.

The last week of the program was split between Washington D.C. and New York City. In Washington, we toured the Capital, met with Representatives, and watched Senate and House sessions. In New York City, we visited the New York Stock Exchange, met with Appalachian alums at the App Loft, and went to the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland.

I decided to apply for this program because I have been heavily involved in DECA at Jordan-Matthews. I have learned so much about marketing, but I wanted to see what else was out there in the business world. I learned so much about business during my time at App. This program has definitely influenced where I want to go and what I want to study as I begin applying to colleges. I fell in love with the Appalachian campus during my time there this summer; I filled out their application as soon as it opened up. I would like to double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education and minor in marketing. I would also like to be certified to teach marketing at the high school level. When I retire, I would love to open up a used bookstore.

Additional information on the Martha Guy Summer Institute can be found on their website.

Martha Guy Summer Institute: App State University

Mariann King is a senior at Jordan Matthews High School with a 4.85 GPA and is enrolled in the Pre-AA and Early Childhood Education Pathways.

Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight

Welcome back! The new school year is underway and so is CCW! The advisors returned in August and began diligently following up with students and colleagues at their assigned high schools. The team worked hard to finalize the registration period and ensure their CCP students started the semester off on the right note. We are excited for a wonderful 2nd year!

Virginia Mallory, Director of Secondary Partnerships

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."
~Margaret Meade

Points of Interest:

  • 2015 Summer Symposium: Bridging Education and Careers: The first annual Summer Symposium was held on June 23rd and June 24th at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. This is a collaborative effort between CCW, Lee, Chatham, and Harnett County Schools. The symposium connects high school curriculum and CTE teachers with business and industry leaders in order to enhance classroom curriculum with the work of work. This year's symposium focused on math and practical applications used in business and industry. The symposium included tours of CCCC programs, tours of businesses and industries, an industry panel, and a welcome by Dr. Lisa Chapman, Senior VP of for Program and Student Services/CAO with the NCCCS and keynote address by Mr. Eric Guckian, Senior Advisor on Education for the Governor. For additional information on the symposium visit the CCCC College News website.
  • Patrick Kelly is serving as the new Central Carolina Works Coordinator and Career and College Advisor at Lee County High School. Patrick has been with CCCC since 2010 serving in a number of roles. Patrick has assisted CCW over the past year with several endeavors and will be a great asset to the team and students at Lee County High School.
  • The CCP Nurse Aide pathway launched in Lee County this term.
  • National Manufacturing Day is Friday, October 2nd. More information can be found on the National Manufacturing Day Events website.

Pictures from our 2015 Summer Symposium: