Rhonda Foster, BRTC’s Coordinator of Student Recruitment/Concurrent Credit, and Phillip Dickson, BRTC’s Division Chair of Technical Education, along with 13 BRTC Technical Education instructors, recently attended a Career and Technical Education event held at Walnut Ridge High School.
February is designated as Career and Technical Education Month, and this is the third event sponsored by WRHS where area colleges and businesses are invited to attend and share with high students the employment and educational opportunities available to them. “Career and Technical Education teachers want students to be employable and ready to enter the workforce,” explained Mary Smith, FBLA sponsor and Business teacher at WRHS. “Not all students plan to go to college, but this event introduces them to certifications, training and education, they did not realize they could get.”
Over 38 careers and 27 businesses were represented at the event. Instructors attending from BRTC and the programs represented were: Joe Chappell, EMT/Paramedics; Gary Meier, Machine Shop; Alan Haskins, Fire Science; Nanette Carter, Phlebotomy; Jennifer Hibbard and Kara Malin, Nursing; Rhonda Stone, Ruth Schaa, Darenda Kersey, Shannon Ogden, and Linda Stacy, Business; Butch Dail, Automotive Collision/Repair; and Travis DeClerk, Automotive Service Technology.