Real-world Connections to Middle School Business Classroom

ATMS Students Meet a Manager

Students in Miss Witkowski’s Exploring Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship class were excited to learn how a manager spends his day. Mr. Todd Beane, Principal of ATMS, explained the business function of management to 8th grade students. He gave them specific examples of how he leads, plans, directs, monitors, and organizes for the school year. Real-world connections…powerful!

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Creative door design with Starbuck’s ® coffee theme!


CTE Rally 2015

CTE department members from across the Randolph County School System gathered Monday, August 17 for a CTE Rally to start the year. The group supported area businesses throughout the day and reflected on the theme “Proud of our past…thrilled by our future.”


The opening session was held at Sunset Theatre and featured school updates and a focus on the year’s three initiatives for CTE improvements. The first initiative will center on students having increased opportunities to access college classes while in high school. Last year saw 185 students at traditional high schools take college courses. Those students experienced a 79% success rate (grades earned of C or higher). That surpasses the success rate of traditional college attenders which is 75%. Additional opportunities translate to savings in college tuition for our students and an increase in college-readiness as those served will be directly supported in the improvement of their college-going skills. The second initiative will be to increase work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for students across the county. WBL activities help students make better career choices, connect the classroom curriculum to the real-world, and increase student marketability. Finally, schools will focus on increasing the number of credentials earned and increasing the number of completers (students who take 4 courses from a career cluster – one being a level two course). Increases in these two areas translate to higher wages, program validity, and greater employability for our graduates.

The participants then walked to The Flying Pig and enjoyed a working lunch. Teachers networked with their colleagues from across the county and completed an evaluation for their Career Development Coordinators (CDCs) to use as they work to better serve the needs of teachers in their high schools and middle schools.




The afternoon event moved to The Randolph County Senior Adult Center where classrooms were used to host breakout sessions on topics such as Technology, Classroom Management, Relationship Building, and Career and Technical Student Organizations. RCSS CTE teachers and CDCs presented these sessions. Additionally, sessions in Community Partnerships and Industry Expectations were offered with guest presenters.


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We are excited about the coming year in Career and Technical Education!

Summer Letter

I hope you are each enjoying your best summer ever! Though school has not officially been in session, many great things have been happening across our county.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) haven’t slowed down! DECA started the nationals circuit with a trip to Orlando in April. Since then, we’ve had two newly elected state officers in SkillsUSA attend nationals in Louisville. FBLA sent two national competitors to Chicago. And HOSA saw the largest group, 8 students and 2 advisors, travel to nationals in Anaheim. District-wide FFA chapters have attended State Leadership Conference in Raleigh and we have national qualifiers heading to Louisville in October. FFA teams have been to leadership experiences at White Lake and Washington, DC.

New folks have been hired, upgrade projects are underway, 2015-16 initiatives are in the planning stages, purchase orders have been processed, and beginning of the year activities are planned.

Please mark your calendar for these two important events.Randolph CTE

August 17thCTE Rally 2015

We will begin at Sunset Theater in Asheboro with an opening session for everyone. Our lunch will be at The Flying Pig Restaurant, just a short walk down the block on Sunset Avenue. We will reconvene after lunch at the Randolph County Senior Adults Center on Salisbury Street for breakout sessions.

September 19thCTE Fest 

Imagine this…a day devoted to the wonderfulness of Career and Technical Education! It’s happening this September. All CTSOs will be invited to participate in a giant day of fundraising, service, and education for our county. The event will be held on the campus of RCC and will include great food, a gigantic yard sale, community service, and educational games. Each CTSO will earn funds that can be used to support student participation in your organization.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on August 17th!