Today, Friday, October 2, 2020, is National Manufacturing Day! This is the day across the country that education and manufacturing businesses come together to showcase great careers in manufacturing. Throughout the month of October, Bradley County Schools Career and Technical Education will showcase CTE programs and opportunities in manufacturing. Beginning with this video, Alan Bivens shares the classes and certifications of Walker Valley High School Mechatronics programming.
First Day of School, we are in masks, social distancing, and walking in one direction. We are working to protect our staff and students.
After five years of planning and dreaming, the PIE Center breaks ground. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a smaller crowd in person to witness the beginning of the next phase of workforce development, but the event was streamed for all to see/participate and the excitement was great!
Kyle Page, Project Director and Master of Ceremonies, led the event. A welcome from Dr. Linda Cash, Director of Schools, and Board Chairman Troy Weathers engaged the crowd regarding the process and explained how this project will change the landscape of student workforce preparation. Mr. Weathers commented that Bradley County would be an example across the state.
Distinguished speaker Governor Bill Lee discussed walking through the building before any of the work began when he was running for the position. Since that time Governor Lee has supported the project, even contributing seed money. He explained how high school as it currently is needs to change. Governor Lee also discussed act of funding the GIVE Grant. This grant will jumpstart the Electrical programming for Bradley County and the PIE Center through the partnership with TCAT-Athens.
After the Governor spoke, Johnny Mull, the Bradley County Commission Chairman, recognized the work of the school system esp. Dr. Linda Cash and Kyle Page. He thanked the fellow County Commissioners for compromising and taking the steps to make this project happen. Mayor Gary Davis followed explaining how this was another example of how Bradley County is doing great things.
Representative Mark Hall remarked on the importance of Career Technical Education explaining how he has been a licensed barber for years and how this has supported his family. Representative Dan Howell and Senator Mike Bell, both who have supported the project through words and deeds since the beginning, both contributed to the positive attributes of having this facility in Bradley County and praised the community support for the project. Senator Todd Gardenhire discussed the Mechatronics grant, a program which he has written and supported connecting high school and postsecondary, and how it will fit into the PIE Center model. Sen. Gardenhire also discussed the persistence of Dr. Cash as she sought to make this building a reality.
This is an exciting day indeed for Career and Technical Education and the students of Bradley County and the Southeast, Tennessee region. This is the next step in changing the landscape of high school.
The spring 2020 semester of Nursing Education and Health Science students tested for industry certifications recently. We are proud of our CTE Health Science Students!
Bradley Central High School students tested for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Congratulations to Carly Chastain, Marissa Graham, Alana Gregory, Lana Neeley, Brittany St. Clair, and Jaylin Viviano who were successful and are now TN certified nursing assistants. Gunner Wright and Alexis Price sat for the CCMA tests and passed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant certification also on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
Walker Valley High School held a CNA Boot Camp June 22-25, 2020 to prepare for the Sunday test. Seven students tested on June 28, 2020. Congratulations to Reagan Brown, Ryann Duggan, Jenna Kraft, Alyssa Taylor, Carli Todd, Clarice Van Wyk, and Margaret Woodfin who are now Certified Nursing Assistants.
Training in Agriculture, working on Supervised Agricultural Experiences, and completing the FFA Program of Work doesn’t stop just because students and teachers are not able to meet in person. Introducing Virtual Farm Day: Thursday, June 28, 2020, conducted a Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair! Students submitted videos representing Agricultural projects educating the public about the science and technology behind the scenes in farm life. Check out the nine videos produced by students for the Virtual Farm day SAE. The student with the most likes will win a $100 gift card from TSC to apply towards their SAE.
Check out the videos by going to Bradley Central High School FFA Facebook or clicking on the links below:
Emily Swafford named Bradley County Schools’ CTE Student of The Year
Bradley Central High School FFA has a long tradition of celebrating scholarship. In the past, FFA has assisted with the award ceremony to honor CTE students from all career areas and their accomplishments. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this celebration of success is taking on a different form, Bradley Central High School FFA and Bradley County Schools CTE Department are celebrating the completion of another successful year through the development of a CTE Student of the Year.
The Bradley County Schools CTE Student of the Year Award is given to the student who exhibits traits of CTE excellence through Leadership, Community Service, Career Technical Student Organization participation, and Classroom/Academic Achievement. Each Bradley County Schools Career Technical Education teacher was asked to nominate one student for CTE Student of the year. Thirty-one students were nominated. The ten finalists are Kylie Estrada, HaLee Kazy, Jacob Long, Kaylei Peak, and Emily Swafford from Bradley Central High School and Mariliis Bateman, Sydney Brady, Sydney Lawson, MaKaylah Shoemate and Maggie Thompson from Walker Valley High School. A selection committee announces Emily Swafford as the 2019-2020 Bradley County Schools CTE Student of the Year.
Click Here for Emily Swafford’s CTE Student of the Year Video.