Hickory’s CTE leaps to promote career awareness

Hickory’s CTE leaps to promote career awareness
Posted on 10/30/2020
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Hickory’s CTE leaps to promote

career awareness

The Career Technical Education (CTE) department of Hickory Public Schools is changing-up the delivery of their traditional speakers’ bureau.

Now featured on the “HPS CTE YouTube” channel, the innovative “To High School and Beyond” platform promotes career awareness that surpasses not only the classroom meeting, but the new standard of virtual meetings.

“In collaborating with others across North Carolina, we found a platform to connect our students to business and industry. This approach serves beyond the traditional classroom visit,” said Jeanne Turner, career development coordinator at Hickory High. “We can reach guests who work out of state and around the globe.”

“There are sixteen career pathways offered through CTE at Hickory Public Schools, and despite the restrictions with COVID-19, the students now have multiple opportunities to discover new career options.

“We offer pre-recorded presentations from a diverse set of speakers who represent the many paths students may take following graduation. At some point, we would like to offer live sessions with our guest speakers to include a segment of Q&A with students who have signed into the session link," said Turner.

One of the goals of “To High School…And Beyond!” is to make sure HPS students draw upon their insight and knowledge—with the potential expansion of industry panels and virtual field trips. The initial programming is designed for middle and high school students. Students will not only explore career possibilities, but discover subject matters that correlate with course content such as the recent presentation from Dr. Patrice Baptista, a 2009 graduate of Hickory High, who led a discussion on professional healthcare/science.

All presentation content is digital and recorded; and therefore, access is available at any time.

The team of school educators who collaborated on this initiative, in addition to Jeanne Turner, include: Josh Cornwell, career development coordinator at Grandview and Northview Middle Schools, Trina Williams, career development coordinator at Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High (HCAM), and Janet Derr-Littman, HPS special population coordinator.

“We encourage community members to contact us with their interest to serve as a guest speaker. Anyone interested in participating is invited to email the Career Technical Education department: [email protected]

The community is also invited to subscribe to HPS CTE YouTube Channel and the group’s Facebook page: HPS CTE – To High School and Beyond.  

Questions: Contact Jeanne Turner: 828-322-5860 or Josh Cornwell: 828-327-6300


(Photo/post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)


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