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Nash-Rocky Mount CTE department hosts roundtable discussions
Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System’s CTE Department recently hosted roundtable discussions with area business and economic development leaders at the Carolinas Gateway Technology Center. 

Pamela Lewis, Career Technical Education (CTE)  Director, explained to those in attendance the wide variety of curriculum offered to students to prepare them to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.  The curriculum offers relevant coursework that includes opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, academies, community college opportunities and real-world experience.

At the heart of CTE Core Values are Quality, High Expectations, Innovations, Lifelong Learning and Dignity of all Occupations.  Some of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum offered during the next school year will be Leggo Robotics (engineering at the middle school level) and increased higher level thinking skills found in Chess clubs and robotics clubs.  Academies include Agriscience, Academy of Information, CISCO, Health and Teacher Education.  Students may also receive credentialing and certification thanks to a strong partnership with Nash Community College along with articulation agreements.

Dialogue was lively and two-way as business leaders discussed the needs of their businesses as well as for their employees. Participants were pleased to learn that the number of students taking Algebra I in Middle School increased 4 1/2 times this year and that enrollment is expected to be even higher next year.  City Manager Charles Penny applauded the school system for NRMPS staff holding students to high levels of achievement and high expectations for students.  Superintendent Anthony D. Jackson noted the importance of rigor and relevance of curriculum and noted that student scholarshipz leaped from over $5 million last year to more than $10 million in student scholarships this year.

The next meeting to continue dialogue and discuss next steps will be held in September.

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