Roanoke County

Exceptional Employability: Meeting Workforce Needs With Diverse Learners

Categories: Roanoke County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) offers a collaborative work program for students pursuing an Applied Studies Diploma. The program is a collaborative effort between RCPS, various local agencies, and the Department of Aging and Rehabilitate Services. The program is designed to scaffold the skills necessary for individual students to obtain gainful post secondary employment. Initial focus targets development of employability skills and career goals through various career development modules. Next, students learn about specific jobs and necessary skill sets, coupled with exposure through observation of work environments. Eventually, job development and social skills are fostered by actually placing students in a limited structured work environment. The final goal is participation in a full one-year program that provides education and onsite employment training. Students completing this program leave school with increased career readiness and self-advocacy through meaningful engagement of job skills training.

Contact:

Tracey Yurechko
Transition Program Coordinator
tyurechko@rcs.k12.va.us
540-562-3900 ext 29037


Gaming/Programming

Categories: Roanoke County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the video game industry generated more than $22 billion in revenue in 2014, selling more than 135 million games. More than half of that revenue came from online games. More than 146,000 people in the United States have jobs related to the video game industry. Its clear gaming is a rapidly growing industry. For several years, Roanoke County Public Schools has offered a series of gaming classes to teach students about the gaming industry, and how to develop, design and create games and mobile applications. Students learn how to write using industry-standard programming languages and how to design game elements using industry-standard graphics programs.

Contact:

Jason Suhr
Director of CTE
jsuhr@rcs.k12.va.us
540-562-3700


New CTE Offerings

Categories: Roanoke County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Many jobs and careers are emerging in the cybersecurity field. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) is offering a cybersecurity class to help students begin their career path in the growing cybersecurity field to protect computer networks and other forms of digital communication. Through a partnership with Radford University, students will learn about the main areas of cybersecurity: Cybersecurity foundations, social engineering, cyber forensics, and personal cybersecurity. Students will become familiar with the best practices of cybersecurity to protect computer networks. Also, RCPS is partnering with the Roanoke County Fire & EMS Department to teach EMT I classes beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The medical field is growing steadily and rescue departments across the nation are in need of trained EMT workers. By offering these courses, we are giving high school students an early start on a career in the medical field.

Contact:

Jason Suhr
Director of CTE
jsuhr@rcs.k12.va.us
540-562-3700