Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Schools are partnering once again to bring additional training opportunities to high school students in our community.
Beginning this fall, interested juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements will be able to take tuition-free classes in one of five technical pathways. Completing the necessary classes will lead to a certificate in a high-demand, high-pay career.
Dr. Stephen Fisher, Superintendent of Cleveland County Schools stated, “Cleveland County Schools is extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with Cleveland Community College in order to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our students. We are committed to making sure our students have every opportunity to be prepared for their post-secondary careers. This partnership will help open doors for many of our students.”
The purpose of this partnership arrangement is to help students who want to begin working immediately after high school to receive the training necessary to find good jobs after graduation. For some students one of these careers may be exactly what they want to do for their entire career. Other students may see this opportunity as a stepping stone – get trained in a career, get a job, and with experience get promoted, or eventually start their own business.
“We are excited to partner with Cleveland County Schools to offer technical training pathways to local students,” said Dr. Jason Hurst, president of CCC. “CCS’s willingness to bring these students to our campus is invaluable. This gives students access to state-of-the-art equipment, labs, and workshops that would be cost prohibitive on each high school campus.”
The pathway options include:
- Collision Repair
- Heating, A/C, & Refrigeration
- Electrical Systems
- Electronics Engineering
These technical careers offer median annual pay ranging from about $40,000 – $60,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to be good in these areas, especially for Plumbing and Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, which are projected to grow by at least 15 percent over the next six years.
CCS will provide transportation to and from CCC’s campus, so students can attend classes at CCC in the mornings and return to their high schools in the afternoons to complete required high school courses. CCS will work with students who have already registered for fall classes and allow adjustments to schedules for those who want to participate.
This arrangement also means students do not have to give up participating in sports and other after-school activities at their high schools. They can complete classes at CCC and go back to their high school campus for classes and afternoon activities.
The classes begin this fall, but students must register for them now. An information session for parents and students will be held on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Rotary Global Studies Center at Cleveland Community College. The Center is located inside the Rose Library on CCC’s campus. College staff and representatives from CCS will be present to answer questions and provide additional details about this new opportunity.
The path to reaching any goal in life begins with a decision to go after that goal, and a commitment to put in the work required. This new partnership between CCS and CCC offers high school students in Cleveland County the chance to set and meet career goals.
“We want every student who attends CCC to be successful, including our high school students, but we realize that success does not look the same for everyone” said Hurst. “Not every high school student wants to attend a four-year university. Some students want a good job with good pay, something they can build a life on. We think these classes are a way to help those students achieve success.”