Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Students Participate in WoW! Career Expo

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

Description:

Shenandoah County Public Schools’ seventh graders were among the 2,800 students who participated in the 2015 Worlds of Work Expo held in Winchester, VA. WoW!, a collaborative regional effort among seven divisions and local EDA’s, supported Academic and Career Plan development. Katie Rice, CTM/STEM Supervisor for SCPS, described this event as “an interactive, hands-on career expo for all seventh graders from seven area school divisions.” Students were given a passport and asked to visit all eight Worlds of Work. In these work areas, students’ passports were stamped certifying they had completed at least one activity in that area. Eighty area businesses provided hands-on, authentic experiences for students. Worlds were selected based on regional employment data. The state mandates that seventh graders develop career plans. Of the almost 3,000 students attending, 93% of students felt the career expo “definitely” or “somewhat” helped with ideas for their career choices.

Contact:

Katie Rice
Supervisor of CTE/STEM
klrice@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-477-3161


Shenandoah County’s PLTW Biomedical Science Academy

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

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Shenandoah County Public Schools proudly launched their Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Academy in the fall of 2015. A four-year partnership with Valley Health, which had been established to create a pipeline of students into health science careers, was the impetus for the Biomedical Academy. In addition, the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Foundation assisted with grant start-up funds and hosted a Health Science Careers Expo to recruit freshmen. The Biomedical Science Academy is a three year, half-day program housed at Central High School. Students engage collaboratively in hands-on, project-based learning that integrates biomedical science courses, traditional science, and English courses all taught from a health care science perspective. There is a strong career exploration component as well. Shenandoah County Public Schools chose the PLTW program because PLTW is a non-profit organization and the nation’s leader in providing STEM programs for schools.

Contact:

Katie Rice
Supervisor of CTE/STEM
klrice@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-477-3161


Triplett Tech Awareness Day

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

Description:

Connie Pangle, Principal of Triplett Tech, hosted a “Triplett Tech Awareness Day” so that Shenandoah County Public Schools’ educators might gain a better understanding of career and technical courses offered at Triplett. “As they make recommendations to students for career and technical programs,” said Ms. Pangle, “school counselors and special education teachers especially ought to know what skills a student needs to bring to a program. What prerequisite skills might be essential for a student to be successful with that trade?” The best way to become aware, Ms. Pangle decided, was through hands-on participation. On a professional day when there was no school for students, central office administrators, special education teachers, and school counselors reported to Triplett for a day of twenty-minute classes. These professionals tried their hands at different trades and learned from the teachers and student volunteers. “The Awareness Day did make a difference,” said Ms. Pangle.

Contact:

Connie Pangle
Principal, Triplett Tech
crpangle@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-477-3161