Kayla Angell, Lee County High School
What have you learned from participating in CCW?
By participating in CCW, I have learned to be more responsible and to manage my time better. These are college classes that have deadlines which cannot be taken lightly. You have to stay on top of your class work because you do not have a teacher to tell you every day what you need to do. With that being said, it has also prepared me for what college will be like next year.
What advice would you give students who are trying to decide if they should participate in CCW?
I think it is a great idea for anybody to participate in CCW. It helps develop college readiness and prepares you for what college professors expect. College is way different than high school. Late work is not accepted, you do not have a teacher telling you your assignment due dates every day, and if you get behind, no one will catch you up but yourself. With these classes, it guides you into experiencing college before actually having to take on the "college student" role. Also, the classes are free! So, while you are in high school, you can take some of these classes for free and that will save you a ton of money in college.
What are you plans after you graduate?
I plan to go to CCCC for one year, hopefully as a C-Step student, and then transfer to UNC-CH to major in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology with hopes of attending graduate school to become an Occupational Therapist.
CTE Pathway Offering: Health and Fitness Science
CCW is pleased to announce that Health and Fitness Science will be a pathway available to high school students participating in dual enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. This pathway will lead students to a Health and Fitness Science Certificate from CCCC. Ideally, students will continue their education in the HFS program after high school graduation to maximize employment opportunities. Students interested in exploring the fields of physical education, recreation, sport science and occupational or physical therapy would enjoy this pathway.
This pathway is made up of 6 classes:
- HEA 112 CPR and First Aid
- PSF 110 Exercise Science
- PSF 111 Fitness and Exercise Testing I
- PED 117 Beginning Weight Training
- PSF 210 Personal Training
For more information see the 2016-2017 CCP Course Guide available on CCCC's website.
Resources for Students Ready for Work: ACT WorkKeys
ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. The WorkKeys test measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to better prepare the student for a career they will succeed in.
Employers largest complaint about our current employees entering the workforce is the lack of soft skills. Soft skills are vital to success in any career. We need to make sure that we are still teaching the importance of soft skills and teaching soft skills.
If interested in learning more about the WorkKeys exam, see your Career Development Coordinator at your high school.
College Transfer at a Glance: University of NC - Charlotte
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is a public institution that is located in the largest metropolitan area in the state, also known as the Queen City. UNCC is the fastest growing university in the UNC system with more than 27,000 students. The university offers 86 internationally competitive bachelor degree programs on its beautiful 1,000 acre campus. The campus is minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The campus is surrounded by a vivacious nightlife, exemplary dining, state of the art museums, and superb shopping centers. Charlotte is a great place to live, study, and work.
UNCC offers one of North Carolina's largest business programs. The Belk College of Business is comprised of 6 academic departments: accounting, business information systems and operations management, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The school shares close ties to the Charlotte business community, offering many students exquisite opportunities. The business programs at the university support the economic competitiveness and development of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina.
Resources for Students Going to College: 15 Tips for College Freshmen
- Go to the library in between classes instead of wasting time by going back to your dorm room or apartment between classes. Use this time to get some work completed.
- Go to office hours. Few students take advantage of office hours, so simply showing up puts you in a better position than most of your peers.
- Ask questions. If anything is ever unclear, raise your hand and ask your professor to clarify or visit them during their office hours. Don't be scared of asking a stupid question.
- Don't fall behind; manage deadlines and don't procrastinate. You cannot wait until the last minute to cram for your midterms and finals.
- Never give up on any class. Keep working all semester
- Learn how to manage your time and be productive. If you want to do well in your classes and still have a social life, start developing good study habits and learn to manage your time wisely.
- Become friends with at least one person in every class. This can be a life-saver if you ever miss a class or forget to write something down.
- Keep an updated resume. Every time you gain a new experience, make sure you add it to your resume. You want to do this while it's still fresh in your mind so that you can describe it accurately and positively.
- Start creating a master contact list. Create a spreadsheet with professors, industry professionals, employers, and anyone else you have ever worked with or met that you may want to connect with in the future.
- Take advantage of the career center, an extremely valuable resource for career counseling, brushing up your resume, and finding jobs and internships.
- Get a part-time job. You will earn spending money and, at the very least, it will give you some work experience to put on your resume.
- Get an internship. They are the best way to get real-life experience in an industry and the more experience you have, the more likely you'll be able to find a job after graduating.
- Consider Greek life, SGA, or any type of club. They are great place to make connections and also a way to build leadership.
- Develop your professional skills by attending workshops on networking, personal branding, and interviewing.
- Explore. Get off campus and explore the city you're living in.
Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight
The advisors are still helping with registration at their various schools. I am hearing positive projected numbers and great feedback on the processes. We appreciate the opportunity to participate and love the collaboration! CCW has several activities and events coming up later this Spring that the team is very excited about! Please review the points of interest and program updates below. The Spring enrollment information has now been posted.
Happy Spring Break!
Virginia Mallory, Director of Secondary Partnerships
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. ~Bruce Lee
Points of Interest:
CCW Instructional Day:
This annual event will be held on April 7th and April 14th. Students from Lee, Chatham, and Harnett County Schools will visit the CCCC main campus and tour several college programs.
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.
CCP Program Updates
Career and College Promise: Updated PSAT and SAT benchmarks have been approved by the state board. The updated scores can be found on page 17 in the CCP Operating Procedures and Instructions.