A career and technology based education will help your child to be more than just an average student. Career and technology education can give your child what’s needed to succeed for life: technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. In addition, career and technical education helps students see how what they’re learning applies to the needs of employers. Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help them prepare for the future.
It is Macon County School's goal for all graduates to be be College or Career Ready. Macon County Schools offers many programs and tools focused on helping students determine the best future course for them. Career interest surveys are administered staring in middle school and repeated in high school through tools such as Virtual Job Shadow and ASVAB to help students begin to see the connection between interests, abilities, and values and career choice. Programs such as the Career Expo, postsecondary field trips, classroom speakers, Job Fair, and work based learning provide students with the opportunity to further explore interests and gain exposure to community leaders, postsecondary resources, and military recruiters. Click here to access the Career Coach Virtual Office for more student resources to support career exploration activities and Program of Study selection for high school.
Good Things are Happening in CTE Classrooms
Macon County schools was one of twenty 21 districts awarded the Innovative High School Grant for Teaching as a Profession (TAP). This grant, based challenged schools to come up with innovative ways to deliver education to support high wage, in demand, and high skill careers. Funding has provided new end user devices, updated flexible seating and murals for all TAP rooms, and state of the art audio-visual equipment to support our first offering of any program to satellite campuses. Click the logo above to see the transformation but stay tuned, there is a big finish on this one coming soon!
The Small Animal Management Center (SAM Center) is a new grant funded work-based school enterprise that will be responsible for the care and maintenance of a variety of animals. This program, available to juniors and seniors through an application and interview process, will give the students an opportunity to work hands-on with small animals to learn general care and maintenance. The SAM Center will be a working dog grooming facility, where the student will be provided with the experience and skills of grooming small animals.
Work Ethic Distinction
Students who earn Work Ethic Distinction demonstrate they are career and college ready as they have participated in soft skills education and exhibited many of the characteristics that equate to an employee with good work ethic.
By earning this distinction students receive a special seal on their diploma , the opportunity to wear the Work Ethic cord during graduation ceremonies, and guaranteed and invitation to interview for jobs for which they are qualified with any of the participating employers.
To apply for Work Ethic Distinction, click the WED Students Submission Form and complete the form per the deadline set by your School Counselor.
The Work Ethic Distinction provides a solution to the challenging problem employers encounter when hiring and verifying employees possess soft skills. The Work Ethic Distinction addresses the needs that industry has for employees who possess technical and soft skills by providing documentation of soft skills comprehension.
We support Macon County Schools students earning this distinction by recruiting companies who will guarantee an interview to students receiving his distinction and who meet the job-specific requirements for an open position.
To join this initiative, click on the Employer button to fill out the short form and send to email@example.com. Your business name will appear on the Macon County Work Ethic Distinction posters displayed in the schools and on Macon County Schools District, Macon County High School, and Red Boiling Springs High School websites.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
CTSOs work as an integral component of the classroom curriculum and instruction, building upon employability and career skills and concepts through the application and engagement of students in hands-on demonstrations and real life and/or work experiences through a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. CTSO’s help guide students in developing a career path, a program of study and provide opportunities in gaining the skills and abilities needed to be successful in those careers through CTSO activities, programs and competitive events. In addition, students have opportunities to hold leadership positions at the local, state, and national level and attend leadership development conferences to network with other students as well as business and industry partners. Career & Technical Student Organizations.