Did you know that Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Schools have partnered to help students prepare for life after high school?
We want students to understand better the skills and training they need for a successful career before they graduate from high school. We want to help them find the information they and their parents need so they can make informed decisions about their future.
Earlier this year, CCC received two grants that enable the College to hire full-time career coaches to work within the county’s high schools and middle schools.
The first grant is from the NCWorks Career Coach Program. With funds from this grant two career coaches have already been hired and are currently working within the county’s high schools.
The career coaches work with staff at the high schools to help students create career plans and set up goals, discover which careers might match their interests, learn about opportunities to take college classes tuition free while still in high school, and more. They are available to meet with students one-on-one and even with parents.
Career coaches also help plan classroom presentations on topics such as résumé and cover letter writing, interview skills, and researching different types of jobs.
The second grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow CCC to hire two additional full-time career coaches to work within the high schools and the middle schools throughout the county. This grant focuses on increasing the number of disadvantaged youth who complete high school and enroll in and complete a college education.
The overall goal of both these programs is to help Cleveland County’s youth prepare for life after high school, whether they want to enter the workforce immediately, learn a skill, or earn a degree at a community college or a four-year university.