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Pender County, CFCC help seniors find career paths

Electrical equipment went missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence at Cape Fear Community College. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
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PENDER COUNTY — Pender County Schools and Cape Fear Community College have teamed up to offer a new program.

The Pathway to Careers program, headed up by Dominique Bates, will target seniors who are undecided in their future paths and do not yet have a post-secondary plan. Currently 20 students at each Pender County high school have been identified as undecided.

On Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will visit CFCC’s downtown and North campuses for an introduction to various programs and to partake in hands-on activities to gauge interest in possible career paths.

“The ultimate goal of this program is to ensure these students can make an informed post-secondary decision by providing exposure and experiential learning opportunities,” CTE Director Dominique Bates said in a press release. “This program couldn’t happen without the work of CFCC Dean of CTE Mark Council and the school’s career liaisons and recruiters as well as our Career Development Coordinators helping identify the students who are undecided.”

In March, resume writing and industry tours are scheduled followed by mock interviews and a hiring fair at Pender High School in April.

Students who complete the program and earn a job have the opportunity to be paid $15 per hour for up to 120 hours, with pay coming from federal funds.

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