Schools seek to connect with business, community leaders

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM.

She said in English and language arts, students would have to understand more difficult and complex text. Math students would learn why a process or algorithm works before they memorize or use the process.

"The new assessments are going to be a whole lot more challenging than anything you or I ever faced," she said.

Chris Bailey, director of career and technical education for Craven County Schools, discussed work ready communities and the national career readiness certificate. Students earn bronze, silver, gold or platinum levels that they can present to potential employers.

"They’re walking out of high school and they’re ready to work," Bailey said. "It helps employers know that they have a qualified applicant that has a certain level of skills. It’s a portable credential that means we have put our stamp of approval on that student and believe the student can be a good and valuable employee for your business."

Mills said he wanted today’s leaders to know what tomorrow’s leaders are doing in school.

"We want you to see what’s happening," he told the group. "It’s not a secret. It goes on every day." 

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