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Educators and Non-Profits Partner to Strengthen Career Readiness Opportunities for NHCS Students

New Hanover County Schools Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) and Cape Fear Collective, Live Oak Bank, and Raleigh-based workforce development non-profit District C are partnering to develop pathways for students to post-secondary opportunities in the Cape Fear business community.
From June 15-19, CTE will be holding a virtual professional development event for educators and community leaders as the first phase of a summer coaching institute. The training will prepare participants to coach diverse student groups to solve complex problems for local businesses and organizations. The cohort group of 10 educators and three community members will work in teams to master concepts, then apply those concepts to problems for two organizations in the local community that will be announced on June 15. The week-long training culminates with a virtual pitch session on June 19 from 2-3:30 p.m. where teams will present real world solutions to both organizations and answer questions.
“This program exposes educators to the District C coaching model and a toolkit they can help students access as they make the transition into the workforce,” says Shemeka Shufford, NHCS Director of Career and Technical Education. “In addition, it’s a robust and concentrated approach to all we do in CTE to strengthen partnerships throughout the community.”
The cohort group will then go on to part two which consists of six weeks of program continuation of this process in another market. The group will eventually get their District C certification in August and will be able to implement the program in the New Hanover County School district.
Interviews will be available for media outlets interested in learning more about this innovative program after the virtual pitch session and media is invited to attend. For additional information, please contact Brandon Shope at