During the 2013-2014 school year, 39 Hamblen County Math, Science, and Career-Tech Ed teachers completed an induction program to become more aware of our national and local needs for skilled workers. For five days, these teachers served as externs within 12 advanced manufacturing sites in Hamblen County. Following the induction and externships, these teachers developed content specific lesson plans enriched with real-world problems to share with fellow teachers. In the 2014-2015 school year, the lessons will be implemented and the program results will be evaluated.
Student Advanced Manufacturing Internships
There is no better preparation for careers in advanced manufacturing than experience in that setting. Our student internship program continues to grow with Color Tech, Team Technologies, and Tuff Torq joining Alcoa-Howmet in providing student-learning experiences in the array of careers available in Hamblen County advanced manufacturing.
Fall and spring tours for targeted students to advanced manufacturing sites are scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year. The tours will be lead by STEPS teachers, who externed at those sites.
A View to the Future; Career and College Explorations
On March 3, 2015, Hamblen County middle and high school students will focus on planning for their future with a day of college and career exploration. Assisted by Douglas Cherokee and its workforce development initiative, all middle school students will participate in a career fair at each school site. At the high schools, 9th grade students will learn about vital soft skills for employability as well as career opportunities within Hamblen County, while 10th grade students participate in Job Shadowing through the Career and Tech Ed Department. In preparing for post-secondary education, 11th grade students will take the ACT test. With pre-arrangements, seniors will visit colleges and universities to make plans for post-secondary education.
Through the continued generosity of the Niswonger Foundation, students with specific career interests who have demonstrated academic readiness will visit various colleges and universities through the region. These trips include but are not limited to the following:
· Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN) Department of Engineering - Engineering Day
· ETSU Medical School (Johnson City, TN) Quillen College of Medicine, College of
Nursing, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Gatton
College of Pharmacy and the College of Public Health
· University of Tennessee Law School and Baker Center for Policy (Knoxville, TN)
· ETSU College of Education (Johnson City, TN)
· ETSU Hispanic Outreach (Johnson City, TN)
· Tennessee College for Applied Technology (Morristown, TN)
The Hamblen County Schools college and career readiness program, A View to the Future
Endorsed by the Hamblen County Board of Education-July 24, 2014