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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 phase.

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. Amanda Lee.

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.


Posted: 6/07/16