Career Tech fosters local business connections

Published 5:37 pm Thursday, July 13, 2023

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The Greenville High School Career & Technical Education (CTE) Academy offers a unique and beneficial advertisement opportunity to connect students with local business and industry companies. The academy’s new business and industry’s engagement displays are aimed at fostering  future job partnerships by making local employers visible inside local schools.  

“There is a disconnect in our graduating students and the local business world,” said CTE Director Rheta McClain. “Seniors do not feel they can earn a good living in Butler County. We want to enforce the students’ familiarity with the logos of local companies and organizations everyday so they can learn and understand there are great work opportunities here in Butler County. We want them to be able to learn here and earn here.”

Six business and industry engagement displays span the majority of the wall space lining the Greenville High School’s career tech hallway. The school will be working with Danny and Michelle Black, owners of A Color Affair, LLC in Georgiana to bring the logo displays to life. 

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There is enough space for 20 to 30 company displays to be placed for viewing from August 2023 to May 2024. The participation deadline for business to indicate interest is July 21. 

“We’re trying to retain students locally and not lose them to other states,” said Kathy Smyth, rural workforce coordinator for Southeast AlabamaWorks. “It’s important for businesses to support this advertisement opportunity to plant seeds for future employee recruitments. We want to educate them on what’s here, and show them there are opportunities here at home.”

The CTE academy serves ninth through twelfth grades in the Greenville, McKenzie and Georgiana public high schools, and has 10 different programs including: health science, education, building and construction, hospitality and tourism, business information, Junior Officer Training Corps (JROTC), business administration services, welding and cosmetology provided by Reid State, Jobs for Alabama Graduates (JAG), and in development is an Education in Training program. 

“I always encourage businesses and industries in Butler County to get involved and help us be the answer to their workforce needs,” said McClain. “We can’t do it without your involvement.”

To inquire about or to purchase one of the limited display spots, contact Rheta McClain at 334-382-2665 extension 1205, or email her at