Learn more about the exciting opportunities to develop career ready skills at the Eastern Regional Skills Center!
Onslow CTE provides students with career focused skill education and practice through over 130 Career Tech courses. Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.
In total, about 15,000 students are enrolled in CTE classes in Onslow County. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90% – 15 percentage points higher than the national average.
Learn more about the exciting opportunities to develop career ready skills at the Eastern Regional Skills Center!
So many times you'll hear CTE teachers talk about how each day is a new adventure and there's never a day the same in their classes. Ms. Sheila Wright would absolutely agree with this statement and is the best thing she loves about being a CTE teacher! CTE classrooms provide more opportunity for collaboration and discussion, which in turn allows for positive connections for Ms. Wright with her students. Students finding success is important to Ms. Wright, but even bigger of importance for her is for students to leave her classroom with a curiosity for the world around them and the ability to problem solve. That, and the ability to drive nails without failure to hang up a picture in their home in the future! :)
CTE is meaningful and relevant and as a teacher, Mr. Mitch Williams finds it's what is the best part of his job! He wants his students to know what they are learning really matters and that the knowledge they are gaining about the workforce, including opportunities available and expectations set, will actually be used in the future. In Mr. Williams' class they get the opportunity to develop these skills that will help them be confident in their ability to succeed in the future and working as an instructor for Nuclear Surety and Missile Safety in the US Air Force has given Mr. Williams the calm, cool, collected vibe that his students learn to emulate through his class.
Being able to teach in a classroom that is set up more like a workshop that students will see in the real world for the collision industry is something Mr. Robert Whaley wouldn't trade for the world. Seeing students grow from not knowing much at the beginning of their time with him to really understanding and feeling comfortable in his shop by the end is one of Mr. Whaley's proudest accomplishments as a CTE teacher. He sees first-hand with students how they can struggle in the classroom with the book work but you put a tool in their hand and they know what to do and how to use it and our students should be celebrated for this as well! As long as his students leave his classroom with confidence in themselves, knowing that they have the ability to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves, he knows he's done his job and made a difference.
If you ask Ms. Angela Weiser what her favorite part of being a CTE teacher is, she will quickly respond the "hands on" "real world" aspects of CTE! There's so many opportunities for project based learning and collaboration among students and it's something she loves to see in her classroom. While seeing students succeed is a usual byproduct of being a CTE teacher, Ms. Weiser just wants to instill a solid work ethic in her students that will carry them in any career field they choose to pursue after graduating.
Remaining connected with students who have long left your class happens often to CTE teachers because of the impact we have. Ms. Sherrie Turner just the other day had a student reach out to her on social media to say thank you and check in with her, because that's the kind of reach she has! Ms. Turner's background in social work and human resources helps her wear the many hats that are required of all teachers, but especially of CTE teachers, and has helped her form solid relationships with her students. Watching students enter the workforce, ready and prepared to be successful, is Ms. Turner's favorite part of being a CTE teacher and is something she gets to see regularly!
Having students leave your class and go directly into programs related to them is one of the most rewarding parts of Ms. Kimberly Turner's job. She's had many students go into the medical field, enter areas such as phlebotomy, and even has some former students at ECU in pre-med! Her extensive knowledge in the industry is unmatched and she enjoys sharing that knowledge and passion with each of her students. At the end of the day, she wants students to leave with a passion similar to hers for healthcare, but even just being able to provide students knowledge to pique their interest in healthcare is so rewarding.
The look on a student's face when he/she realizes they can take a look at a drawing and know how to build it is what Mr. Tommy Tucker loves most about teaching CTE. In his 24 years as a CTE teacher he's had many students go on to pursue careers in the industry, but he had three brothers in particular that stood out to him who now own a roofing business with 15 employees they are in charge of. How incredible is that?! Mr. Tucker is lucky to see immediate results of the impact he makes on his students and students leave his class knowing skills to help them get a job but also how to do their own home repairs and help themselves. That is real application that can truly help benefit our students and Mr. Tucker gives them those skills every single day!
Making connections for students to see how they will really use what they're learning in science and math can sometimes be hard but Mr. Marshall Smith easily makes those connections through his engineering classes! His students gain a better understanding of putting those science and math skills to practice and real application and they better understand how the world works when they leave his class! Even bigger than that, Mr. Smith helps them believe in making the impossible, possible. His greatest success as a teacher is hearing that his students are living their dream and many of them are doing just that!
Teaching middle school is all about instilling students with confidence to try new things and being excited to learn new skills. In Mr. Clay Sunding's CTE classes they get the opportunity to do that and so much more. Mr. Sunding loves watching his students grow their own skills and understanding and his experience provides a cool link for them to the real world and helps them through this weird time in their lives. No matter how cliche it might sound, Mr. Sunding is truly so proud of all of his students and each and every one of their accomplishments.
While teachers are the ones leading the classroom, the cool part about being a CTE teacher is that you can often learn a lot from your students while interacting with them and Ms. Natalie Sadler would agree with this wholeheartedly. Her ability to build relationships with her students creates a comfortable classroom environment where students can grow and gain confidence. Ms. Sadler's ultimate goal is that students leave her classroom knowing they should not let anyone else define their success for them and helps guide them towards what that version of success looks like for each of them.
Ms. Heather Rose not only does a great job preparing her students for careers in the healthcare field but her students also leave with the compassion and determination necessary to survive in healthcare. With Ms. Rose's 20+ years of experience at the helm, students leave her class truly prepared and ready to help others, whatever that career path may look like for them. She even has a student currently in dental school who loves working in healthcare and as a CTE teacher that's all she wants - to know her students are happy with the path they chose.
Being contacted by a former student to be told that you are one of the reasons they chose their career path after taking a CTE course with you is a great flattery and honor, and one of the greatest successes a CTE teacher can witness - Ms. Susi Price is no stranger to this and has impacted so many of her students this way. Playing a part to help prepare students to be successful members of society and seeing the lightbulb come on for a student who realizes what they want to do is what Ms. Price says makes being in CTE so awesome. After 16 years in the classroom her fire for CTE still burns strong and because of that she is able to really make a difference with her students.
It is not unusual to see Mr. Michael Morton's students working in the community and finding career success and financial stability in life thanks to his training and guidance. He has two students already with paid internships/apprenticeships while still in high school - that's so amazing! Keeping up with students and seeing them do greater than they thought possible is the best part of being a CTE teacher, says Mr. Morton. Even if his high school students don't go into welding, they leave his class knowing they can do whatever they set their mind to and that's better than any paycheck in the world! What a difference Mr. Morton makes, not just in the classroom, but for the future in industry and community.
This month we are introducing our CTE teachers who are talented experts in their fields. They teach in areas ranging from business and technology to construction trades and skilled professions!
Mr. Emmett Morton might be in his first year of CTE teaching but he is definitely not new to electrical trades industry and in the community. With 34 years of industry experience, he is able to bring personal connections to the class as well as real-world connections for our students because, well, he's been there! Sharing what he knows, giving encouragement to his students to succeed, and teaching skills that can take his students to their future has made Mr. Morton's transition to CTE teacher a truly great one.
CTE skills can stretch across generations and in Mr. Jeff Parker's 16 years in CTE teaching he has seen it firsthand. He loves being able to teach skills to students that they can use the rest of their life and even share with their children. Mr. Parker says it's so rewarding to watch his students grow from young 9th graders to adult 12th graders and see how much they mature. At the end of the day, Mr. Parker just wants his students to leave his classroom competent enough to go into the real world and be successful, and he most definitely trains his students well for this!
If you look up incredible in the dictionary, you'll for sure find a picture of Ms. Ellen Sheehan there! Ms. Sheehan loves that on a daily basis she gets to share a career she loves with her students. She said that's what the best part of teaching CTE is - most CTE teachers have actually worked in the profession they teach and it gives them the opportunity to share their experience and passion with their students. She's even had a student fueled by that fire that he was granted one of two coveted positions as an ESPN intern and now works in broadcasting for his career! Ms. Sheehan's students leave her class with knowledge they can use in broadcasting and also in any other career they choose, and with excitement for their futures!
CTE classes being a WANT for students is part of what makes teaching CTE so fun for Ms. Barbie Shedd. The other part is that she is just flat-out AWESOME! Being a champion for her students comes naturally and her students leave her class knowing they'll always be "her kids". This helps her students gain confidence and know that someone always has their back. Because of her nature, the success stories from her classes are endless and CTE world is definitely better for having someone like Ms. Shedd as a part of it.
Getting to actually train for those real-life scenarios is a key part of Nursing Fundamentals and Ms. Heather Morrow does an amazing job of making sure students leave her program with the confidence that comes with experience in healthcare. Ms. Morrow currently has a 100% pass rate for the written and skills exam for CNA certification and that speaks volumes for both her students' successes and her amazing-ness as a CTE teacher! Students who take Ms. Morrow's classes are not only well prepared for a career in healthcare but well prepared for LIFE!
Mr. Logan Mobley is an agriculture-student-turned-agriculture-teacher and there's no cooler experience than to take a class you loved and turn it into a career! Growing up in and around agriculture all of his life has given him a solid foundation of experiences to share with his students. Mr. Mobley's favorite part of being a CTE teacher is having the opportunity to make a difference in student's lives the way agricultural education has impacted his. It's so cool to see how CTE can really bring things full circle!
Sometimes in CTE you get to learn and grow right alongside your students and Ms. Allison Schwerin says it's the thing she loves most about being a CTE teacher! So many of our students are tech savvy on their own now and her class gives these students the opportunity to shine and share what they know. As a former core content teacher, Ms. Schwerin loves connecting her CTE curriculum to content they are learning in their core classes, providing an incredible, well-rounded experience for her students. This also makes Ms. Schwerin a valuable asset, colleague, and teammate at Dixon Middle and makes her the type of teacher a student feels confident going to for help for anything!
One of the coolest parts of being a CTE teacher is helping students grow and discover new fields and careers that they may not have discovered before. This has become Mr. James Michael Miller's favorite part of being a CTE teacher. Mastery of content is something all teachers want their students to leave with, but beyond that Mr. Miller wants to see his students leave his class with a joy for learning and an idea of what they would like to do. HIs impact on students is far reaching - he's even had a former student shout him during their college valedictorian graduation speech! How amazing is that?!
Ms. Rechelle McIntyre, more affectionately known to her students as "Mama Mac" brings so much real world experience to share with her students, they truly are prepared for a career in any field. Her passion to help students make connections between what they do in class and real world led her to become a Career Development Coordinator and the high expectations she set in her classroom is now the high expectations she sets for all of her students! CTE courses give students a different way of thinking and is one of Ms. McIntyre's favorite parts of being in CTE, along with the moments of hearing success stories of her former students. That right there is what CTE is all about!
Ms. Angie Mason sees the importance of being a CTE teacher because CTE courses can reach ever level of student and instills confidence in students who might not think they can perform as well as their academically gifted peers! With over 20 years of CTE experience, she's been able to see several of her prior students go on to be business owners and even military officers and staying in touch and seeing their success is definitely one of the most rewarding parts of her job! All CTE teachers want their students to be excited about learning new things and Ms. Mason's classroom environment she has created allows students to be excited and also be themselves while learning new skills and building their own self-confidence. Their classroom slogan of, "Actually, I can!" embodies the care and empowerment that Ms. Mason shows her students on a daily basis.
That "Ah Ha" moment is something that most teachers look for and crave in this profession, and Mr. Jeff Lausterer is lucky enough to get to see that often in his class when his students lay brick and begin to really understand it. Those faces lighting up is what he enjoys most about teaching CTE courses and so many of his students have gone on to pursue a career in this field, owning their own business, and doing over a million dollars of work per year! How incredible is that?! CTE has been lucky to have Mr. Lausterer at the helm for 34 years now and every student who has been able to step foot in his classroom is better for it.
Seeing our students become contributing adults in society is such a reward and Ms. Kim Maready has been blessed to watch many of her interns decide on a career path through her internship program. Whether they decide to continue in that field, or they decide not to, she sees both results as a success because the program has helped them make a more informed decision. Ms. Maready's realism combined with her passion for helping students find their own path make her an incredible Career Development Coordinator and she wants her students to leave her career-ready, whether it be entering the workforce immediately after high school, attending a training program, or attending college, with tools they can use as they begin their journey!
Seeing students succeed and being able to bring them back to your classroom as a guest speaker is a huge advantage to teaching CTE and in his first year as a teacher, Michael Lechette has already had students see this level of success and are excited to come back and share their experience! How amazing is that as a first-year teacher?! Mr. Lechette wants each of his students to know they are cared for and even more than that, to know that they are living life and not just going through life being alive, feeling a sense of accomplishment in their successes and being proud of what they do. As a former Corpsman, he has tons of medical experience to share with his students, as well as connecting with students who are struggling on a personal level to make decisions about that future, because that used to be him. Mr. Lechette was able to find his way to success and wants that for each of his students and can affect change and make such a difference in each of his student's lives!
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