ECPPS Approved for NC Works Career Pathway Certification and Program Implementation

The ECPPS Career & Technical Education (CTE) program provides numerous opportunities for students to gain valuable knowledge, experience, and even work credentials to prepare them to compete globally in today's workforce. Currently, ECPPS offers career pathways for students in a number of career clusters such as agriculture, architecture & construction, business, finance, health science, human services, information technology, marketing, public safety, STEM, and transportation.

Our health sciences program is outstanding, producing as many as ten certified nursing assistants each year upon graduation from high school. ECPPS CTE Director, Rhonda James-Davis, along with ECPPS Health Sciences Teacher, Shelia Hughes, and community partners from Elizabeth City Health & Rehabilitation, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, Eastern Area Health Education, worked together to meet the criteria for our health sciences program to be certified as a career pathway through NC Works. College of The Albemarle has courses aligned so students completing this pathway will be able to further their education and health care career opportunities without having to leave the community.

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As North Carolina competes globally, its workforce and education partners must ensure that training for individuals matches the needs of employers. This need is fulfilled by career pathways—integrated systems of development programs that ensure the training individuals receive meets the present and future needs of businesses.

In May 2015, the NCWorks Commission approved NCWorks Certified Career Pathways criteria to establish the standards for the development of career pathways across the state. This certification also ensures that enrollees have access to the best education, training, and work-based learning opportunities as they pursue careers in high-demand occupations. Career pathways have the endorsement of the Division of Workforce Solutions, making them eligible for targeted grant funds.

During February 2016, the Health Care Career Pathway was the first to be certified by NCWorks. There are several components to the certification process that must be met. The criteria for consideration as a NCWorks certified pathway include: demand-driven and data-informed, employer engagement, collaborative, career awareness, articulation and coordination, work-based learning, multiple points of entry and exit in the program, and evaluation.

According to Northeast NC Career Pathways, Local Career Pathway Implementation and Certification Process, "The Northeastern Career Pathway model is a two-level process. The first level of work addresses the pathway development criteria while the second level of the career pathway process moves the focus from regional pathway development to local pathway Implementation." The health sciences program for ECPPS was recognized on October 6th for implementing the Health Care Career Pathway.

"ECPPS students as well as the health care employers in this area, will benefit greatly from the vision and work of our staff and community partners to make this pathway certification and implementation possible," shared Superintendent Cartner. "The commitment of those involved in this process will have a positive impact on our students and community far beyond this moment. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment for everyone."

The Board of Education, along with Superintendent Cartner, recognized staff and community partners responsible for securing the NCWorks Health Care Pathway Certification and the program implementation, during their regular meeting on October 23, 2017. The honorees pictured with the Board of Education and Superintendent Cartner include (l-r): Battina Cole (Eastern Area Health Education Center), Rhonda James-Davis (ECPPS CTE Director), Bonnie Thrift (Sentara Albemarle Medical Center), Shelia Hughes (ECPPS Health Sciences Teacher) - Not pictured LeeAnn Self (Elizabeth City Health & Rehabilitation)