While two of Clarendon’s school districts will consolidate in July, all three are now collaborating with F. E. DuBose Career Center to assess career and technical education programs offered at middle and high schools in the area. “We are requesting student and parent feedback to help us serve everyone better,” explains F. E. DuBose Director, Dr. Lisa Justice.
A committee of representatives from each district was formed in December to study the current CTE curriculum and future options for students. “Career and Technical Education courses typically provide highly-skilled and rigorous programs, but we also want to make sure that what we are offering is the most relevant to our students, their parents, and employers in our region,” says Justice.
Between F. E. DuBose Career Center and the three high schools, there are at least twelve career clusters presently available. Examples of classes include Agricultural Science, Computer Science, Business and Information Technology, Culinary Arts, Health Science, and Welding just to list a few that are spread out across the districts and the career center. Many of the programs offer career-ready certifications that students complete while enrolled in high school.
A result of the study may be that additional programs can be offered or that more focus can be concentrated on specific pathways. The committee plans to share findings with school administration, parents, students, and the general public.
One of the first actions of the committee was to create the surveys, which are now open to collect information from students and parents of students in 6th through 11th grades. The deadline for survey feedback has been extended to Friday, February 5.
STUDENT SURVEY: https://forms.gle/7Mejv7k9BTYTMxdv5
PARENT SURVEY: https://forms.gle/5V4EGWyLkPTMTxaB9
Community members who are interested in providing any additional feedback regarding CTE programs and courses are encouraged to email Dr. Justice at email@example.com.
For more information about the surveys or questions about CTE programs, please contact Dr. Lisa Justice, Director, at 803-473-2531, ext. 611.