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JDCC welcomes high school juniors

Escambia County High School students Brittany Stallworth, Deondre Robbins, Ciera Stots and Aimee Hartley pause after a lesson in 3-D drafting.

Escambia County High School students Brittany Stallworth, Deondre Robbins, Ciera Stots and Aimee Hartley pause after a lesson in 3-D drafting.

Jefferson Davis Community College’s Career Technical Education Awareness Day 2015 was held Friday on the Brewton Campus. Designed to promote career technical education awareness, the event is an extension of the long-standing partnership that the college has with the Escambia Brewton Vocational Technical Center.

Dr. Catherine Packer-Williams, JDCC’s dean of instruction, said college campus was opened up to 400 high school juniors from T.R. Miller, Escambia County, Flomaton and W.S. Neal high schools with the opportunity to visit JDCC.

“The purpose of the event is to expose local high school students to career technical education programs and jobs that are available locally and to demonstrate what each career involves through an interactive, engaging series of activities,” she said.

Over the course of the event, students experienced hands-on, interactive career exploration experiences
led by highly skilled college instructors in the areas of nursing, drafting and design technology, automotive body repair technology, air conditioning and refrigeration, welding technology, business, office administration and computer information science.

Students also had the opportunity to learn about campus life, student organizations, student support services, and the new Southern Alabama Area Health Education Center, which is located on the Brewton campus.

Funding from the Perkins Basic Education Grant assists the college in hosting this event as well as providing professional development opportunities for career technical instructors and state of the art equipment and supplies to enhance instruction in career technical education at local high schools.

Anyone interested in more information about JDCC’s career technical education or academic programs as well as dual enrollment opportunities for high school students is encouraged to contact Registrar Robin Sessions at 251-809-1591 for more information.

Registration for summer term 2015 is on May 21 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on both the Brewton and Atmore campuses.

Brewton Standard Publisher Stephanie Nelson wrote this story.