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Callie Rape Speaks to Job Ready Partnership

On Thursday, February 17, Callie Rape spoke at the Union County Job Ready Partnership luncheon held at Carolinas Medical Center – Union. A senior in the Health Occupations program, Callie was invited to share her experiences of how the Health Occupations classes have helped her develop a career plan. Callie has completed Honors Medical Science I and II classes and is now enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistance class at Stanly Community College. According to Rape, “The Medical Science classes I have completed at Piedmont made my transition to a college-level course much easier."  National Board certified teacher Jill Messer is the instructor in the Health Occupations program at Piedmont. 

The Job Ready Partnership is a committee of business leaders who work with UCPS leadership in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department. Their goal is to stay abreast of the work force in Union County and how UCPS students are being prepared to meet the job demands of the county, state, and nation. In addition to the Medical Science coursework, Callie further noted the importance of her job shadowing experience during the Medical Science II course that has helped solidify her desire to work in the healthcare field as a nurse. After shadowing in the Physician’s Assistance (PA) class at Wingate University, she was intrigued and now desires to further her education beyond nursing and into the PA field. Upon reflection of this wonderful public speaking experience, Callie stated, “I was really nervous speaking in front of the adults, but I was glad that I had the opportunity to share my experiences with them.” 
CTE classes at the high school level are a vital component in preparing students for both college and the workforce. In addition to the Health Occupations course of study, high school students also have the opportunity to take CTE classes in Agriculture, Business/Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing, Technology, and Trade/Industrial.


Written by: Jill Messer, Health Occupations Instructor
Posted: Feb 21, 2011 by Donna Helms

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