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State Superintendent Mark Johnson and North Carolina Community College System President Peter Hans have joined to proclaim the month of February “Career Pathways Month” in North Carolina. The proclamation acknowledges the many great career paths that are available to North Carolina’s public school students. Superintendent Johnson and President Hans made the announcement at the North Wake College and Career Academy in Wake Forest.

“The path to a successful and fulfilling career is not just reserved for those with four years of college,” said Johnson. “Students have the opportunity to find a great career through apprenticeships, technical training, the military and a two-year associate degree, just to name a few.”

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction works closely with the public schools and community colleges across the state to help students determine which career path is best for them.

“North Carolina’s community colleges are dedicated to helping students obtain the necessary skills and training that are in demand today by employers,” Hans said. “In working closely with North Carolina’s public schools, we can help them get on the path to a great career.”

Johnson and Hans were joined by individuals representing the various career pathways available, including nursing students, technicians, instructors and the military.

“The people standing with us today are examples of the careers and vocations that are available through multiple career pathways,” said Johnson.  “They represent the opportunities North Carolina students have as they decide which choice to make when it comes to finding a successful career.”

The mission of North Carolina’s CTE program is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.  Career and Technical Education services are provided through eight program areas: Agricultural Education, Business, Finance and Information Technology Education, Career Development, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Health Science Education, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education, Technology Engineering and Design Education and Trade and Industrial Education.