Two New Partnerships Underway for RCSS – CTE

Habitat for Humanity Partnership a Reality

Conversations started in January 2015 concerning partnership possibilities with Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County and the Career and Technical Education programs of the Randolph County School System. After considerable research surrounding partnership possibilities, we are ready to move forward with initiatives in two locations.

Providence Grove High School is excited to participate in this partnership by building two storage units per year for Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County.  For each home built, a storage unit is the first step. The unit serves as a place for pglogovolunteers to store equipment and tools and later serves the family as a storage facility for their yard tools and as a way to ensure the home’s crawl space is clutter-free.

Eastern Randolph High School will support the partnership by building a ‘tiny house’ on their campus, which will then be moved by Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County to either a site for a Habitat family or to be sold as a fundraiser erlogofor the organization. Plans will be modeled after other Habitat locations who have already ventured into the Tiny House arena – Chatham and Cabarrus Counties have both built tiny houses.

The RCSS CTE Department is excited about the authentic application of classroom-learned skills that both of these projects will offer our students. Additionally, we see the benefits to our students as we work to grow community leaders and socially aware citizens.

Chatham County Habitat for Humanity has already ventured into the exciting Tiny House movement.

Victory Junction / SWRHS Partnership Planned

According to Jared Byrd, Victory Junction Program Manager, more than 1,900 campers each year are given the opportunity to participate in a woodshop program offered during summer camps and family weekend programs at Victory Junction.

A little touch of cougar carpentry is headed for Victory Junction's Wood Shop!
A little touch of cougar carpentry is headed for Victory Junction’s Wood Shop!

SWRHS’s Carpentry program saw that project as a great opportunity for the establishment of a new partnership. Planning is underway to allow SWRHS carpentry students to produce approximately 800 pre-cut shapes by April 2016 – just in time for the next camping season to begin!

Victory Junction needs 1,900 pre-cut shapes each year.

The work will be divided between both semesters so more students can share in the year-long experience. “Students will strengthen their carpentry skills and gain an increased knowledge of standard woodworking equipment, in addition to providing a much needed service project to a local non-profit,” noted Mr. Byrd.


First Career Academy at Trinity High School

Trinity High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) marked the start of their first year with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM. The academy, affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), is designed to help students chart career paths in one of the world’s largest industries encompassing hotel management, sports and entertainment, and event management.

Over 70 students have joined the AOHT in its opening year!

In a recent release from the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority, it was reported that visitors in and around Randolph County spent $128.30 million in 2014. There are roughly 1,100 employees in the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Randolph County, generating a payroll of $19.25 million annually.

This statistical support along with Trinity’s ideal location along the I-85 corridor made it the perfect site for an Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. AOHT Director, Jandra Dillon, works with an Advisory Board consisting of school and district administration and faculty, area business leaders, and contacts from higher education partners to develop a quality educational experience for these students while preparing them to meet the needs of this growing industry.