Bladen County Schools team with Bladen Community College to offer carpentry pathway

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen Community College and Bladen County Schools are, quite literally, working on building a better future.

Beginning this fall, the two will be collaborating to offer East Bladen students a new pathway — carpentry.

“This is something we’re doing that’s a new venture for us and BCC, and we’re very excited about it,” said CTE Director Willa Dean Williams at Monday night’s Bladen County Board of Education meeting.

Currently, East Bladen students can take carpentry, but only as an elective. Beginning this fall, Bladen Community College will be funding the instructor, which opens up the possibility of further credit.

“We’re going to be creating a new pathway, which means students who complete the pathway will get high school credit, get college credit, and will receive certification through BCC,” said Williams.

The pathway will be a three-year program. Students will have to take a semester-long core class prior to enrolling in the first carpentry class. Carpentry I will be a year-long session, as will Carpentry II, and students will finish the program with a semester of enhancement classes.

“We currently have between 15 and 20 students enrolled in the carpentry classes, but I think adding the certification, as well as the dual credit, will increase participation in the program,” Williams offered.

The board approved the change in curriculum.

In other action, the board:

— Heard from Asst. Superintendent Tanya Head about the pre-K program. Head explained to the board the objective, data-driven process for placing students. Empirical data — things like health problems, family income, and developmental test scores — are entered into a system, which generates a score for each child. Students with the highest score are placed first, and so on down the list. When questioned about the criteria, Head told the board the qualifications are determined not by the district, but by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. The district receives around $1 million, which funds 189 students.

— Approved the spring custom policy updates.

— Approved the Title I application.

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Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal