Student Spotlight:
Jessica Batten, Chatham Central High School

Jessica Batten

This month's Student Spotlight features Jessica Batten from Chatham Central High School.

Why did you choose to take CCP courses while in high school?

Taking CCP courses in high school was an easy way to get college credit and to have free college under my belt. It was easy to take advantage of the opportunity!

What words of wisdom would you give high school students who will be taking college courses for the first time in the fall?

My words of wisdom I give to those upcoming high school students planning to take CCP classes are to definitely use time management and make sure to keep a note of due dates.

You have just graduated from Chatham Central! What are your plans for college in the fall?

My plans this fall are to continue to take online classes through CCCC in Criminal Justice and taking at least two in-person classes. I plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university in two years.

CTE Pathway Offering: A Bright Future in Electronics Engineering Technology

Quick personality check: Are you curious? Kinesthetic? Logical? Creative? Organized? Determined? If you answered yes to the majority of these traits, your future may be bright in the field of Electronics Engineering Technology, an Associate Degree program offered at Central Carolina Community College. Entry-level jobs are available with companies in the fields of telecommunications, medical electronics, and automation located in bigger cities, such as Raleigh or Durham and pay between $28,000 and $35,000.

Students learn primarily through hands-on, problem-based projects, either with a team or an individual. Students take classes in basic electricity, microprocessors, digital controllers, among other topics. Students learn to think critically and analyze, as well as communicate effectively.

High school students in our service area can begin this program as a high school senior. Students will spend their mornings at the Lee Main Campus taking the following classes:

Fall Semester
EGR 131 Intro to Electronics Tech
ELC 131/A Circuit Analysis I w/ Lab
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry

Spring Semester
ELN 131 Analog Electronics
CIS 110 Intro to Computers

Students do have to meet eligibility requirements in the area of math.

Resources for Students Ready for Work: The Anatomy of a Resume

Contact Info
name, address, phone number, and a professional email address should be at the top

Education
starting with the most recent institution list your major/minor, university, date of graduation, GPA

Honors
academic honors (dean's list), scholarships, honor societies, awards

Experience
employment, internships, leadership offices, volunteer work

Skills
foreign language, specialized computer skills, certifications

Top 5 Musts in Resume Writing:

  1. Proofread, proofread, proofread; errors will turn off potential employers.
  2. Make your resume easy to read/skim by using bullets and concise language.
  3. Include language from the job description (skills, abilities, and qualifications).
  4. Utilize career centers to get constructive criticism of your resume.
  5. Be honest but be comfortable bragging about yourself.

Useful sites to consult while writing your resume:

  • Boston College's Career Center
  • Winning Resume Infographic
  • Anatomy of a Killer Resume

College Transfer at a Glance: Western Carolina University - Experience Western NC!

Western Carolina University (WCU) is located in Cullowhee, NC which is 52 miles west of Asheville. With over 600 acres of campus, there is much to be discovered in and around campus near the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains.

WCU is one of the few institutions in the United States to have an operational body farm in conjunction with the University's Anthropology department. The Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory (WCHIL) is a fully equipped facility dedicated to the recovery, storage, and analysis of human remains. The main WCHIL facility covers 1100 square feet. This laboratory has a single body morgue refrigerator and freezer for the handling and maintenance of fresh and decomposing human remains. The facility is fully equipped for:

  • routine micro and macroscopic analysis and description of bone
  • removal of soft tissue for dry bone analysis
  • casting
  • maintaining chain of evidence
  • state of the art GPS survey and recovery of human remains
  • burned bone and cremation analysis
  • bone trauma replication and assessment

This unique program is one that students who have an interest in anthropology, criminal justice, or forensic science would greatly benefit. Interested students can visit WCU's Forensic Anthropology Program page for more information on this program.

Resources for Students Going to College: 10 Pieces of Advice Every College Student Needs to Know

  1. Just because all of your lectures and slides are online does NOT mean you can skip the majority of your classes. Simply put, go to class!
  2. Visit your academic advisor every semester. They will make sure that you graduate...on time.
  3. Every professor should have office hours. Go visit, get to know your professor, and maybe even get a few answers for the midterm or final!
  4. If you get sick while away at college, utilize your campus health center while you can. You're paying for it in your tuition!
  5. Accept the fact that you will not ace every single quiz, paper, or exam. Embrace this fact, learn from it, and move on.
  6. Study abroad if you have the opportunity. Most colleges/universities offer exchange programs where you pay your home institution's tuition price so it isn't any more expensive to study in another country. You will need spending money, though!
  7. Call home and talk to your parents. They'll enjoy it and so will you.
  8. The Freshman 15 is real. 15 pounds can come on a lot quicker than you ever thought. Don't over indulge too often and use your campus rec center or gym. Plus, working out is a great way to relieve stress, too!
  9. Don't miss out on college and all it has to offer by going home every weekend. We're lucky that it's so easy to stay in touch with people now via text, Facetime, social media, etc. Go home and visit, but do make sure you're getting the full college experience by spending some weekends on campus.
  10. Know that this is a time where you will change and grow. It can be difficult and maybe even a little painful at times, but in the end it's pretty awesome to see the person you have become.

Adapted from Popsugar's 31 Things Every College Student Needs to Know.

Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight

I have accepted another position out of state and am resigning my position effective July 14th. The decision to leave CCCC after 8+ years is bittersweet. It has been an honor to lead the Central Carolina Works initiative and outstanding team of Career and College Advisors. It has been a pleasure working with all of you and serving our CCP students. I know the program will continue to have success and serve as a state and national model. Thank you for your wonderful partnership over the years!

Have a wonderful summer!

Stay cool,

Virginia Mallory, Director of Secondary Partnerships

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars." ~Jack Kerouac, On the Road


Points of Interest

2016 Summer Symposium: Bridging Education and Careers:
The 2nd annual summer conference presented by Central Carolina Works will be held on June 28th and 29th. This year, high school English teachers will have the opportunity to work with business and industry leaders to make further connections between the classroom and world-of-work. Updates from the symposium will be provided in the next issue.

New Student Orientation:
An NSO for students from Lee County Schools was held on June 22nd. The NSO follows the Welcome Day event that was held in May and is a continued part of the new program established to help high school graduates transition to CCCC. The program is being piloted with Lee County Schools this year and will be implemented in Chatham and Harnett Counties next year.

NCWorks Career Coach Orientation:
CCW helped plan and present the orientation for the NCWorks Career Coach program. CCW served as the model for this state program. More information on this event can be found at http://www.cccc.edu/news/story.php?story=9562

CCP Program Updates

spring 2016

2015-2016 Report Card

  • 1131 students were enrolled in CCP classes
  • 78% were enrolled in a career and technical education pathway
  • 16% of juniors and seniors enrolled in CCP compared to only 5% in 2013-2014
  • 39 graduating seniors earned a college certificate
  • Advisors reached 85% of their student bodies through outreach and engagement activities
  • 91% of CCP students earned an A, B, or C in college coursework
  • 204 students graduated with at least 12 credit hours

For the most current CCP operating procedures and program updates, please visist the NCCCS website at: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/academic-programs/career-college-promise.