CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge.
These tools and experiences make school more relevant, and ensure students are ready for the real world.
Whether students plan to further their education in community colleges, technical schools, four-year colleges and universities, receive on-the-job training, or pursue careers in the military, CTE can be the first step in a pathway toward productive employment and citizenship.
Real options for students for college and rewarding careers
- CTE programs allow students to explore a range of options for their future - inside and outside of the classroom.
- Through CTE, students can start their path toward a career that they are passionate about, while earning valuable experience, college credits and more.
- CTE students are more likely to have a post-high school plan - including college - than other students; just 2% of CTE students say they "don't know" what they will do after high school.
Real-world skills for students
- CTE is a unique opportunity for hands on learning - putting students at the center of the action.
- CTE provides the skills and confidence students need to pursue career options, discover their passions and get on a path to success.
- Students in CTE programs and their parents are three times as likely to report they are "very satisfied" with their and their children's ability to learn real-world skills as part of their current education compared to parents and students not involved in CTE.
The State of North Carolina provides you the opportunity to take the ACT WorkKeys exam at no charge. The ACT WorkKeys is a skills assessment tool recognized by over 30,000 employers in the United States and over 150 just in Iredell County. The ACT WorkKeys System profiles thousands of jobs to determine what specific skills are required for each. Scores on the tests will determine your skill level and what certificate you will earn. All seniors and early graduates who are CTE Concentrators are required to take the ACT Workkeys Test before graduating. The ACT Workkeys Test consists of the following: Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy and Applied Math.
By taking the ACT WorkKeys exam, you are eligible to earn a Career Readiness Certificate.
How will the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) benefit me?
· The CRC can be presented with an application/resume to validate your skills and knowledge to employers.
· The CRC may increase your chances of getting a job and/or increased wages.
· The CRC can be used as a tool to make better decisions about education after high school.
The ACT Workkeys Test is required of all students who are CTE Concentrators who will graduate for the 2023/2024 school year. In the 10th grade, you took the Pre-ACT. In the 11th Grade, you took the ACT. Workkeys is the next piece to measure your growth and mastery throughout your high school career.
Beginning November 16th, we will start testing students who are CTE Concentrators and who will graduate for the 2023/2024 school year. The ACT Workkeys Test consists of 3 tests (Applied Math, Workplace Documents and Graphic Literacy). The following are scores for the ACT Workkeys:
- Platinum- Score at least a 6 on all 3 test
- Gold-Score at least a 5 on all 3 test
- Silver-Score at least a 4 on all 3 test
- Bronze-Score at least a 3 on all 3 test
Students who receive Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze will receive a credential and an ACT Workkeys Cord that they will be able to wear at graduation.
ACT Workkeys Review
Major Clarity is a Career & College Readiness Platform for all students which will:
- Follow students from 6th-12th grade
- Give students over 65 career fields to explore
- Provide teachers with pre-made lesson plans to use for classes, sub-plans, and advisory time
- Build a student-driven portfolio over time in which the student can apply for employment or college
- Allow students, counselors, CDCs, graduation coaches, and administration to work together to position students for employment, college education, or enlistment in the military
- Last year the Senior English Teachers at Statesville High School used Major Clarity for Resumes.