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County schools prepare for Career Tech month

February is Career and Technical Education month, and local schools are preparing to take part with a number of community activities.

“We want to use the month as a tool to partner with local businesses,” said Crenshaw County Schools career and technical education administrator Tony Stallworth. “It’s also a means of sharing community relations and giving everyone the opportunity to know what offerings and visions we have for students.”

Crenshaw County Schools feature career and technical education in the fields of health science, agri-construction and business management and administration.

The system has also partnered with local industries such as Dongwon to implement work-based experience in the area of welding.

Crenshaw County also provides dual enrollment, both academically and technical, through a partnership with LBW Community College.

Throughout the month of February, students will take part in activities such as job shadowing, Hyundai field trips, district competitions, t-shirt design projects, blood drives and others.

The school system has also implemented the Jobs After Graduation program, which is offered at all three schools with emphasis on preparing students for jobs after graduation.

JAG has a 12-month followup after graduation.

“We’re trying to expand in those areas that are attainable,” Stallworth said. “We also try to build our programs with the community in mind.”