Faculty, students active at WCCTC

From School Reports

Faculty and students at the Webster County Career and Technology Center have participated in many activities this semester.

WCCTC instructors conducted the Hunter Education program for sixth- graders from both elementary schools in the school district. The two- day program features explanations of hunting rules and safety, and opportunities for the students to shoot a rifle at a target.

Members of the advisory committees for the five programs at the WCCTC met Oct. 4. After a soup and sandwich buffet, the committees received updates on the curriculum and on projects from instructors.

The programs at the WCCTC are (1) Agriculture Power and Machinery- Paul Orr, instructor; (2) Automotive Service Technology –Jerry Vaughn, instructor; (3) Business Management – Dionne Hodges, instructor; (4) Early Childhood Education –Janice Gardner, instructor; and (5) Forestry Production and Harvesting –Buck Meek, instructor.

WCCTC students attended the Mid-South Forestry and Equipment Show at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest at Mississippi State University. Meek coordinated the trip, where students learned about innovative forest technology and met with recruiters from community colleges and MSU to discuss educational opportunities in the field. Representatives from forestry industries were also available to inform students of career options in forestry.

Vaughn invited a recruiter from Nashville Auto Diesel College to speak to students about attending the post-secondary institution in order to earn degrees and certificates that would guarantee students’ higher-paying jobs. Students learned that scholarships are available to help with tuition costs. Vaughn also hosted a safety program sponsored by Farm Bureau. The program emphasized safely operating a vehicle and farm equipment. It also included tool, hydraulic and electrical safety.

November was National DECA Month, and members of the new DECA club sponsored by Hodges developed activities to celebrate. Phil Ferguson, director of the WCCTC, and Ron Mitchell, retired IT specialist, were invited to demonstrate various ways to tie neckties. For Election Day, club members created ballots and boxes so that all WCCTC students could learn how the voting process worked.

As a community service project during October and November, DECA members sold hot chocolate to earn money for the Ronald McDonald House in Jackson. Students in Hodges’ Business Fundamentals classes job-shadowed banking employees at Regions Bank as part of their personal finance unit.

Gardner’s ECE students conducted school bus safety workshops for kindergarten and first-grade students at East Webster Elementary and Eupora Elementary. The workshops were in recognition of National School Bus Transportation Month. At the District FCCLA meeting, Amber Burkett was elected district secretary and Sarah Mitchell was elected district reporter. FCCLA members were to take a trip to the national convention in Oklahoma City on Nov. 15-18.

Students in Orr’s Ag classes have used their learned welding skills to make needed repairs for the school district’s maintenance department. They have also designed projects to showcase their ability to safely measure and weld metals for specific functions.