Carrollton, Ky. — September 18, 2017 — At the center of Carroll County Middle School, where the original building meets the new addition, sits Michelle Hawkins’s Project Lead the Way classroom.
From the hallway, anyone can see inside, through a row of chest-high windows or through the classroom’s sliding glass doors.
When students are not in the room, it looks like a workshop in a high-end manufacturing facility. Stools sit by sturdy worktables, complete with industrial power supplies hanging from the ceiling.
When students are in the room, it looks even more like a workshop in a high-end manufacturing facility — think safety goggles, schematic drawings and machine prototypes.
“One thing I never hear is ‘When are we going to use this?’” Hawkins said.
High school students from across our service region of Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble counties will be deciding their courses for next year over the remainder of this school year.
Many times students and parents would benefit from having all the information about some amazing opportunities that are available for their students.
Education in Kentucky and across the nation is changing. If your students are looking for something outside the traditional four classroom walls then maybe consider the following opportunities.
Today’s workforce looks much different than what we have experienced in the past. Technology has been integrated into most careers. Not only do employees need the traditional knowledge and skills as in the past, but now employees must have a grasp on how to use technological advancements to get the job done more efficiently.
We are excited to offer legitimate and much needed training to high school students at the Carroll County Area Technology Center. Our programs offer advantages such as dual college credit through JCTC, recognized Industry Certifications, hands-on training and opportunities for experience.
By Gene Bottoms, SREB senior vice president
What goes on in the Advanced Career classroom? A lot of math. Intense researching and reading. Most importantly, learning. The type of learning that remains in the forefront of students’ minds as they apply it to practical, purposeful projects. Learning that is relevant to educational pursuits as well as good paying, productive careers that meet the demands of the workforce in students’ states and communities.
iLead Academy is the first school of its type in the state and has garnered its share of visitors this year. The face asking the questions this time belonged to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt.
Pruitt was hired as the sixth commissioner of education in September 2015 and started on the job Oct. 16.
Pruitt migrated straight to the students as they prepared to share their work.
Carroll County Area Technical Center hosted a showcase to display its Advanced Career Informatics curriculum on Nov. 16. This leading-edge STEM- and project-based curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and careers in high-demand, high-wage fields critical to the local economy.