February is a month of career and technical education, and at their meeting on Monday, members of the Halifax County School Board heard the success stories of local students who participated in these programs.
The CTE program is “designed to prepare young people for a productive future while meeting the Commonwealth’s needs for well-trained and certified industry technicians,” according to the Virginia Department of Education.
Rebecca Saunders, CTE coordinator at Halifax County High School, told board members: “I would like to draw attention to what we do in our high school building, and it’s not necessarily just for college students. Tonight we have an extensive program of faculty and students’ careers and technical education. “
She then shared the stories of several students who received “almost perfect” scores while taking certification tests while studying in the business department.
Jocelyn Forrest is a business instructor.
Students who have been recognized include Adam Hernandez, who scored 871 or higher on his Microsoft certifications; Matthew Walker, who scored more than 828 points in his credentials, with 971 being his highest score; Kira Strom, who passed all Microsoft 2016 and Microsoft 2019 certificates; Justin Poole, who received the perfect 1000 on one of his certificates and passed all Microsoft 2016 and Microsoft 2019 certificates; and Trevor Pope, who was in “almost perfect range”.
Saunders said these certificates are “very lucrative” in the resume and allow students to see that they are “capable of doing more than just taking the SOL and working in the core classes.”
“There’s so much good to be said about our students and what they do in our buildings,” Saunders added.
She along with pharmacy instructor Nicole Clem recognized two graduates of the program, Carrie Reeves and Skyla Strom.
“I am very proud of them because they were my first year students and they both passed their first year certification,” Clem said.
The instructor also explained that the pharmacy technology program allows students after graduation to immediately go into the workforce, as Reeves and Strom decided to do, or they could continue their education.
Agriculture instructors Don Reese and Ellen Slagl also covered their program and future farmers in America.
Although not present, Reese recognized Evelyn Farmer, Kaylee Freeman and Katrina Hill.
Freeman took first place in the Agriscience Research poster competition at the Virginia Fair, and Hill took seventh place.
Several teams also traveled to Doswell to compete in the following competitions: junior foresters, horse hypology and a demonstration of agro-science.
Students enrolled in the Career Technology Academy were also recognized. The CTA is located at the South Virginia Center for Higher Education and provides junior and senior classes from Charlotte, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties in automation and robotics, information technology, industrial technology and welding.
Currently, welding is only offered to Halifax County students.
Stephanie Robinson, CTA administrator, took the time to recognize four students, Cedric Stoval, Grace Wright, Will Van Opstal and Kenneth Firs, who are CTA-IT students who have been accepted to Old Dominion University.
Wright, who was accepted into the ODU undergraduate computer science program, said: “I really recommend this class to anyone in high school who doesn’t know what they want to do. It really gives you a sense of community because you are surrounded by people who have the same goals as you. ”
Stoval, who was accepted into the ODU cybersecurity program, said the CTA’s IT program gave him hands-on experience.
“It’s a great start for students, even if you don’t want to go into the technical field because you’ll gain IT experience and learn things that can be useful later in life,” Stoval said.
They also showed a video showing the robotic arm of student Kate Bishop, which she programmed for the game Twinkle Twinkle. Bishop had to design and prototype a finger using a 3D printer.