Stennis Center adding programs


Education is an essential component of the high school curriculum.

For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience and is a critical component in meeting the needs of students’ academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation, and leadership development.

 Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, John C. Stennis Career & Technical Center will have several new programs available for students to enroll. New programs offered include Construction/Carpentry, Teacher Academy, Forestry, STEM and Work-Based Learning.

 Students enrolled in Construction/Carpentry will be introduced to fundamentals of construction safety, tools, math, and blueprint reading, as well as basic carpentry, electrical, masonry and plumbing skills. Our construction program will be led by Mr. George White.

The Teacher Academy pathway allows students who are interested in the education field to gain classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for employment or continuing education in the education field. CTE’s instructor for the Teacher Academy program will be Mrs. Sandra Taylor-Kelly.

Our Forestry program will be offered for students with an interest to learn about any occupations in the Forestry field. Some topics to be covered in our Forestry program include forest safety, tree growth and stand development, dendrology, forest surveying and mapping, tree and log measurements, timber harvesting, forest fire management, and forest insects and diseases. The instructor for our Forestry program will be Mr. Jonathan Coleman.

Work-based learning will be offered as well. Work-based learning is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. This element addresses the delivery of a continuum of work-based learning involving sustained, meaningful interactions with industry or community professionals that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field. Experiences may be delivered in workplaces, in the community, at educational institutions and/or virtually, as appropriate, and include a range of activities such as workplace tours, job shadowing, school-based enterprises, internships and apprenticeships.

The goal for our center is to develop high-quality work-based learning opportunities for our students.

Finally, our center is happy to be offering the STEM course, based at Kemper County High School. This course will comprise mostly ninth grade students. STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Through STEM, students develop key skills including problem solving, creativity, and critical analysis.

Because the workforce is becoming more advanced and math/science skills are needed to complete these jobs in the workplace, CTE needs to be a key player in designing a robust STEM curriculum. High schools with progressive CTE programs are in a position to act as a delivery system for many STEM competencies.

Students are encouraged to look into any of the programs and enroll. Starting the 2021-2022 school year, ninth grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in Law and Public Safety, Teacher Academy, Forestry, and Construction/Carpentry.

 Welding and Forestry are our two non-traditional programs.

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