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MCS students received an introduction to possible careers

WILLIAMSTON - Thanks to an opportunity from the state, students are delving into potential careers and related discussions over their summer break. 

Martin County Schools hosted their initial Career Accelerator Camp on July 21 and 22 at the MCS Innovation Campus, located behind Bojangles. 

“This is what Career Technical Education is all about,” explained James Guard, CTE Director for Martin County Schools. “Thanks to the Summer Career Accelerator grant program - made available by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - we are able to expose our students to a variety of possible careers and the skills required to excel in those positions.”

During the first installment of the camp, high school students got a hands-on look at plumbing and electrical work, graphic design, animal science, and veterinary medicine.

Participants also were exposed to a deeper look at virtual etiquette online, resumes and cover letters, robotics, and coding.  This led to discussions on the importance of these skills and their futures. 

“It was exciting to watch students’ interest blossom,” explained Sarah Hodges Stalls, Public Information Officer for Martin County Schools. “By the end of the sessions, they were asking great questions and understanding the importance of how their high school classes can impact their career decisions.” 

Some students quickly understood learning about the possibilities is also important for ruling out things they may not want to pursue. Session leaders were able to reinforce the fact these decisions were an important part of identifying career paths. 

The second installment of the Career Accelerator Camp will be held August 1-5 for middle school students. Sessions for the week will focus on STEM, Health, Plants, Future Smart and Animals and Our World.

Students will have the opportunity to earn micro-industry recognized credentials and participate in hands-on activities in animal sciences, culinary arts and STEM. 

High School sessions resume on August 4 and 5 with sessions on Finance/Money Moves, Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, Culinary Arts, Drone Technology, and more.