It was hats off this week to Surry County Schools students, who in most cases, figuratively, are earning their hard hats. Earlier in the week “Prize Patrols” with Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Terri Mosley and Charles Graham and board of education members traveled to schools to personally congratulate students in their classrooms during Career and Technical Education (CTE) month.
Receptions to honor students were held afterwards. Board of Education members present Wednesday at North Surry were Clark Goings and Sue Stone. Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Jill Reinhardt said this is the third year of the effort which stresses presentations in the classrooms to help spur interest among students’ peers. She said the event also recognizes the effort of teachers to make the program a success.
Reinhardt said CTE teachers work hard to support the students because they really believe they are helping to get resources to the students so they are career and college ready. According to Reinhardt, 446 total students in county schools were recognized with a certificate for receiving a total of 649 credentials/certifications and participation in career technical education student organizations regional and state competition honors.
Information supplied by the school system indicates a total of 120 East Surry students were recognized for earning 181 credentials and certifications. A total of 193 North Surry students racked up 244 credentials and certifications, and 133 at Surry Central were recognized for 224 credentials and certifications. Students at all three schools were recognized for receiving from one to as many as six credentials/certifications.
Certifications and/or credentials recognized included ServSafe, Microsoft Word 2010 Specialist, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Specialist, Microsoft Excel 2010 Specialist, Microsoft Access 2010 Specialist, Microsoft Access 2010 Specialist, CPR, first Aid, EverFi (financial education), National Center for Construction Education & Research, CNA, Vision screening/prevent blindness, Adobe Photoshop and OSHA (workplace safety).
“School students are being recognized today for earning certifications and credentials in the last school year. I understand some winners are also being recognized for local and state level competitions. My hat is off to you for your hard work students and teachers,” said North Surry Assistant Principal Brandon Whitaker as he announced the visit to the school. “I believe that CTE provides students opportunities to be career and college ready. I want students to have every advantage available to be skilled and ready for the 21st century work force.”
Assistant Principal Nicole Hazelwood told the students at the reception in the school cafeteria the staff and faculty was “super, super proud” of them.
“This (CTE) is something tangible, not just a memory. This says take me seriously world,” said Reeves to students in the cafeteria. “Don’t let others step in front of you in the line for that job, college admittance or scholarship.”
He encouraged underclassmen to step up as well. Reeves told them they had a “menu of options” in the school system to choose from so they should not sit on the sideline but continue to build their resume.
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