Engaging Students in Authentic Learning Experiences Connected to Local and Global Issues is more than just a course for Shawn Williams and Dak Keylon who completed a Micro-credential certification in the subject area.  The subject is the concentration of everyday lessons in Machining and Mechatronics programs which the teachers instruct.  Both programs of study cooperate heavily with business and industry to produce authentic project-based learning activities.  Using the concepts learned in the micro-credential course, students in Keylon and Williams classes compete in Career Student Organizations of SkillsUSA and Beta Club Robotics.  Going above and beyond the expected demonstrated in completing the course is just one way to two teachers strive every day to prepare college and career-ready students.


Administrators, teachers, and students visited Resolute Forest Products as part of the Cleveland Associated Industries regular scheduled meeting and the Tennessee Manufacturers Association Roadshow presentation.  CTE school members learned about the employment trends of the state, needs of employers, and the various components of Industry 4.0.  Denise Rice, Director of Tennessee Manufacturer’s Association told those gathered about the history of the industrial revolutions 1, 2, and 3 while outlining the future of manufacturing and the industrial revolution 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things integration into practice in Tennessee.  Members of the group toured Resolute Foresty Products, CAI meeting host.  Connecting to Industry, looking toward the future: Growing Students, Building Futures in careers that have not even been discovered yet.


During the transition year, 2019-2020, Career and Technical Education across the state of Tennessee will move from Perkins IV legislation to Perkins V.  While much will change, one component that will remain the same during this transition year is the Perkins Reserve Grants.  In an announcement last week from the Tennessee Department of Education, Bradley County Schools was awarded five of seven available grants worth $82,766.00.  These grants will provide the district with middle school equipment, industry certification training, and teacher training, a teacher mentorship program, and Snap-on Measurement Training equipment.  This grant money will supplement local and federal funding used to create college and career-ready students.  The new school year begins soon and what a great way to start!

One “Bell” of a Day


BCHS Cosmetology students are making the world beautiful one cut at a time with an inspiring visit from Larry Bell!

FFA members take part in WVHS CTSO Training

FFA officer team met for training to cover issues and challenges in the upcoming school year. Students made a year long timeline and enhanced leadership skills.

Five Bradley Central High School students and eight Walker Valley High School students will represent Bradley County at Skills USA and HOSA National Leadership Conferences this week. The students qualified after winning a spot through state competitions at the Gold or Silver Level.  Students in Skills USA will spend a week in Louisville, KY competing in Broadcast News Production, Automated Manufacturing Technology, and CNC Milling.  HOSA students will compete in Medical Innovation in Dallas Texas.  Bradley County Schools Career and Technical Department is very proud of the efforts and successes of this group of students.  BEST WISHES for success at the next level!


Career Technical Student Organization Winner Name Contest Award
SkillsUSA Patrick Moats Broadcast News Production Gold Medalist
SkillsUSA Mary Beth Mangrum Broadcast News Production Gold Medalist
SkillsUSA Tara Davis Broadcast News Production Gold Medalist
SkillsUSA Nash Wooten Broadcast News Production Gold Medalist


SkillsUSA Corbin Day Automated Manufacturing Technology Gold Medalist
SkillsUSA Brandon Solsbee Automated Manufacturing Technology Gold Medalist
SkillsUSA Matthew Stuckey Automated Manufacturing Technology Gold Medalist


HOSA Ali Davis Medical Innovation 2nd place
HOSA Olivia Runion Medical Innovation 2nd place
HOSA Morgan Silver Medical Innovation 2nd place


SkillsUSA Jacob Garrett CNC Milling Gold Medalist