Many high school students plan to go to a community college or university after high school and then enter the work force but for students looking to just jump right in, Sampson Community College has a plan.
SCC hosted a Career Technical Education (CTE) event with teachers from Clinton High School to share more about programming and certifications/licensures offered through the Workforce Development and Continuing Education department at the college.
The idea originated from a visit to the CHS campus a few weeks earlier to better understand how SCC can serve all students in Sampson County as they transition from high school.
During this week’s visit to the college, the CTE teachers were given an opportunity to see what short-term workforce trainings are offered in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department at the College.
“This was only the start to a great relationship that will ultimately foster success for the students of Sampson County, the College and our local workforce,” said Amanda Bradshaw, Dean of Continuing Education and WorkForce Development at SCC. “We look forward to offering this same visit to our county schools in the coming months.”
Highlighted areas were the Ammonia Refrigeration lab, Industrial Maintenance, Truck Driver Training, and Fire/EMS certifications. After the initial visit to Clinton High School, it was important for the two teams to build a solid bridge for students to cross that would otherwise might not attend an institution of higher education
Katie Brown, Director of Customized Training at SCC says, “This meeting gave the college staff an opportunity to build a stronger partnership with the high school career and technical educators to provide students with the academic and technical skill knowledge and training. It will most definitely be an added value to help students succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.”
SCC has helped bridge the gap between secondary education and post-secondary Workforce Development and an open line of communication has been formed that will allow CTE students gain certificates that will allow them to move into fruitful employment if they do not want take on traditional college classes and pursue a degree.
Students of any age looking to find gainful employment without seeking a degree are urged to call 910-592-8081 for more information.