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Group of educators assist in transition from school to workplace

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Making the transition from school to the workplace isn't easy. A group of educators are working to make that process a little easier.

Career Technical Educators from across the state gathered at the New Bern Convention Center before taking a tour of a few places around town that work with CTE. Of of those stops was at the Hatteras Yachts plant in New Bern.

"These administrators are here not only to learn about what the various advances are in career technical education, but also we're able to showcase some of the partnerships we have here in Craven County and Eastern North Carolina," said Chris Bailey, CTE Director for Craven County Schools.

CTE works with students to help transition from school to the workplace. In Craven County, CTE offers more than 80 courses that expose students to skills needed to make a proper living for themselves.

"I think we're in the business of helping to provide opportunities for students to get training, both educational and certifications, those kinds of things, so they can either progress into the community college for additional training or have the skill sets that they need to enter directly into the work force," said John Kirkman, interim state director for CTE.

The tour introduced the educators a few of the partners CTE works with in Craven County, such as Hatteras Yachts and Bosch. These partners help give students a hands-on experience on life after school and making the choice about a job a little easier.

"By a student being able to explore those career options earlier in high school, we help save mom and dad some money from kids going to college and maybe having to change majors three or four times because they've had those experiences in high school and are able to make those decisions earlier," Bailey said.

Bailey and Kirkman hope to help as many students as possible make that transition with ease.

CTE is celebrating its 100th year as an organization and Kirkman said the mission is the same, to help students get jobs.

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