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PC high school receives $100K for agricultural education program

Agricultural studies in Pender County High School received a boost due to a recent grant award. (Courtesy photo)

PENDER COUNTY — Agricultural studies in Pender County High School received a boost due to a recent grant award.

The agricultural education program will receive $100,000 as part of the 2023-2024 Career Technical Education (CTE) Grants for Agriculture.

“This grant signifies an incredible opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in hands-on learning and further explore their passion for agriculture,” Principal Nick Paquette stated in a press release from PC schools. “We are grateful for this support, which will undoubtedly enhance our agricultural program and benefit our students.”

Career Technical Education (CTE) Director Dominique Bates, CTE Teacher Thomas Herren, and Chief Financial Officer Lisa Nowlin secured the funding, a competitive process among 88 applicants.

Only 35 recipients were chosen to receive a combined $5.8 million in funding.

According to the release from the school district: “This grant aligns with broader efforts by the North Carolina General Assembly to support agricultural education across the state. House Bill 259, Section 8.9, allocated $2,000,000 for agricultural education programs in Career and Technical Education middle and high school public school units.”

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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