New Hanover County Schools Receives State Funding for Regional
CTE High School
New Hanover County Schools is pleased to announce that it has
received a $1 million grant from the State House of
Representatives in the 2016-17 State Budget to help with
establishing a Career-Technical Education (CTE) high school. The
funds have been allocated to assist with the planning and design
phase of the school. The district would especially like to thank
Rep. Ted Davis (R – District 19) for advocating for the funding
throughout the budgeting process.
“New Hanover County Schools is very grateful for the state
funding and the support that it will provide for our regional
CTE high school,” said NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.
“Rep. Davis and Speaker of the House Tim Moore understand our
desire to plan and build a vocational high school that will be
unique to our region, as well as eastern North Carolina.”
The future CTE high school will be a joint venture that will
include Cape Fear Community College and Pender County Schools,
thus offering vocational classes and programs to both New
Hanover and Pender County high school students. The New Hanover
County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners have
discussed the value of a CTE high school for many years.
Throughout the last year, representatives from all involved
parties have been meeting to begin planning the high school. The
state funding will help to advance the project into the next
Lisa Estep, Board Member and Co-Chair of the CTE High School
Work Group, said, “I am thrilled that we have received this
funding and look forward to bringing the committee back to
discuss our next steps. This is a strong indicator of the
community support around a CTE high school.”
The development of the CTE high school is a result of the
economic demands of the Cape Fear region for workforce ready and
skilled employees. Graduates of the high school will receive
both a high school diploma and industry credentials that will
enable them to be readily-employed or advance their degree at a
two or four-year college. The students will have the opportunity
to take community college classes in their chosen career field
while they attend high school courses that will be tailored to
their career path.
“Cape Fear Community College is excited about this opportunity
and looks forward to the partnership,” said CFCC President Dr.
New Hanover County Board of Education Chairman Donald Hayes
appreciates the efforts of those who have helped to bring this
project to life. “The development of a CTE high school will
provide students an alternative to college and the opportunity
to complete high school with skills needed to be successful in
today’s workforce,” stated Chairman Hayes.
The CTE high school will include programs such as hospitality
and food service, construction management and public safety.