Parents, Students Invited to Discover Career and Technical Education Options

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2018

Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

Parents, Students Invited to Discover Career and Technical Education Options
Special free event scheduled for Feb. 15, 5-7:30 p.m.

Greensboro, N.C. – Want to learn about health sciences, advanced manufacturing, computer science, digital communications or architecture? Or perhaps get certified as a nursing assistant or electronics technician? Those are just a few of the course areas that fall under the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, which includes 14 categories and more than 180 courses.

On Thursday, families and community members are invited to a special free event to discover these options and many more. The “Discover Your WOW (World of Work)” public event is Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

Parents and students can learn more about our high school career and technical education programs, which often provide opportunities for high-wage careers that may not require a college diploma or that may help fast-track students to successful careers after college. Representatives from GTCC and local businesses will also be there to answer any questions and offer advice about career pathways.

“We know that many of tomorrow’s jobs are in highly technical skill-based industries such as healthcare and computer science,” says Charles Blanchard, executive director of career and technology education. “This event will help ensure that our students and families understand how CTE can prepare them for success in the future, regardless of their college plans.”

Some CTE pathways are only available at certain schools because of the equipment and resources needed. However, students from any school can take CTE courses through Weaver Academy’s Advanced CTE program.

More than 5,000 GCS eighth-graders will visit the event Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Members of the media are invited to cover this portion of the event as well.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at

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