Career Development is a Process

Let’s think about this.  A career is something to which most people will devote around forty years of their life.  It not only provides individuals with the income to meet their standard of living, but it is also the identifier by which that most people describe themselves.  So why don’t we a...

How VISION has impacted my career!

I have been fortunate enough to attend three VISION conferences- all fantastic experiences.  I often find myself getting lost in the keynote messages and leave the general sessions inspired.  But, truth be known, it is nothing on the agenda that has helped me grow the most in my career. I have ...

CTE in the Pandemic

Teaching in general has been a challenge in general, but this couldn’t be truer than for CTE teachers. As we all know, CTE courses should be hands on performance-based classes that many times require specialty software, equipment or tools that equivalate experiences cannot be provided virtually. D...

What is the biggest challenge you face to get students excited about CTE?

When you hear the following three letters what is your first thought?  CTE     For me, I immediately think about career and technical education but for others they are left wondering if this is a new shortcut kids are using while texting, communication technology education, a disease associated w...

Addressing the Skilled Trades Skills Gap

In Durham, like across the country, we are facing a crisis in the skilled trades.  Many of our skilled workers are aging out at a faster rate than new laborers are entering the career.  From carpenters to electricians, North Carolina is facing a significant decline in skilled laborers, while the d...

Lifelong Learning Competencies

College and Career Ready Definition: “Students are considered college and career ready when  they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed in  introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree  program without the ne...

Utilizing Time Away to Understand Team Dynamics

The things we’ve learned about our co-workers during this time of remote work range from knowing whether your teammates own a desk or prefer to work from their couch to their interior design preferences or what they look like without makeup and a blazer. While I thoroughly enjoy analyzing co-worke...

Transitioning To Post-Secondary Transitions That Make Sense

The transition from the familiar walls of high school to the unfamiliar greens of a college or university can be both an exciting and confusing/scary time for students.  The excitement of new opportunities, new experiences, and new freedoms; the fear of the unknown that can come with those new oppo...

Mastering Appreciation

In times of stress, reflecting on the people in your life can bring you to positive spirits. Most of us in education have some way of reflecting back; senior pictures beside our desk, special trinkets reminding us of friends or family, or a binder overflowing with thank you notes from students and c...

COVID-19 Brought My Job to a Standstill

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed a lot in our world. Education has flipped on its head. We’re learning online, working from home, teaching remotely and, for many support staff, we’re left to question the validity of our jobs. What can an outreach coordinator do if there are no ...