Mitchell CTE Early Childhood Students Learn About Careers & Resources
On August 30th students enrolled in the Early Childhood I and II-Honors at Mitchell High School traveled to the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children and the Mitchell County Head Start Headquarters. This trip allowed students access to information and resources from the Partnership that are available to help enhance the lives of children age birth to five in our area. They also learned about a variety of programs throughout the community that are supported through the Partnership and Smart Start such as: Child Care Resource and Referral, Play and Learn Playgroups, their work with registering local kids for the Imagination Library, etc. The students were able to hear about the functions of the different positions and their responsibilities at the Partnership. During the visit students were able to use the resources for their Early Childhood Course. Several used the Ellison machine for their Early Childhood II projects on parent communication. Other students checked out resources to use inside the classrooms in which they will be placed for their internship portion of Early Childhood I and II-Honors this semester.
During their visit to Head Start, Amy Bryant explained the functions and careers available through the various Head Start Programs. The students learned that Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive preschool program designed to meet emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs of three to five year old and their families. Mrs. Bryant discussed career opportunities from a classroom assistant, lead teacher, center director, to management positions available in the Head Start Program Offices.
All of the students involved in the Early Childhood CTE courses will spend this semester involved in an internship at a local child care facility or school; as well as completing the course work for Early Childhood I/II. Mrs. Lynn Walker oversees this program and is dedicated to assisting these students. Mitchell High School students can participate in this program during their Junior and Senior year.
The pictures below show students interacting with the staff and resources available at the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children and Head Start.