Training Opportunities for Higher Paying Jobs
And what about high school students who seek employment after graduation?
Wouldn’t it be great if they graduated with specific job skills — allowing them to jump into a job paying more than minimum wage?
Blue Ridge’s Career and Technical Education Pathways in computer-integrated machining, electronics engineering, mechatronics engineering, and welding technology allow students to get a jumpstart on an exciting career in manufacturing.
North Carolina recently changed CCP guidelines allowing freshmen and sophomores to enroll in specific pathways leading to employability. At Blue Ridge mechatronics engineering technology is now available to freshmen and sophomores with approval from the high school principal and BRCC’s vice president for instruction.
Students beginning as juniors in Career and Technical Education Pathways will complete most of the hand-on classes required for a Blue Ridge diploma prior to high school graduation. Following graduation, the student has an option to complete the diploma or to enroll in an associate degree program.
For students selecting a BRCC diploma, they will only need the general education classes and one or two additional hands-on classes. The associates degree should be complete within a year of high school graduation. Scores from PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT, or the BRCC placement test are used to determine if a student needs developmental classes prior to enrolling in college-level English and math courses.