Mitchell CTE students prepare for internships
LEDGER – Mitchell High School students enrolled in Early Childhood Education I and II, part of the school’s Career & Technical Education, or CTE, program, spent the beginning of the semester completing a variety of required task and visits to be ready for their internship site placements for the semester that begin after Labor Day.
Students enrolled in the Early Childhood I and II courses at Mitchell High School Wednesday, Aug. 21, completed required fingerprinting and background checks. Since Early Childhood Education students intern at childcare facilities and public schools, they have to meet several criteria to qualify for the program and must submit to be fingerprinted and have a clear background check. The students visited the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and Mitchell County Clerk’s office to complete this process.
Early Childhood I and II students traveled Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 29, to the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children and the Mitchell County Head Start headquarters. This trip allowed students access to information and resources from the Partnership to help enhance the lives of children age birth to 5 in our area. They also learned about a variety of programs throughout the community supported through the Partnership and Smart Start, such as Child Care Resource and Referral, Play and Learn Playgroups, their work with registering local children for the Imagination Library, etc. The students were able to hear about the functions of the different positions and their responsibilities at the Partnership.
During their visit to Intermountain Children’s Services (head start), Director Robin Willis explained the functions and careers available through the various programs. The students learned Intermountain is a federally funded, comprehensive preschool program designed to meet the emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs of infants to 5-year-olds and their families.
All the students involved in the Early Childhood CTE courses will spend this semester involved in an internship at a local childcare facility or school; as well as completing the coursework for Early Childhood I/II.
Lynn Walker oversees this program and is dedicated to assisting these students. Mitchell High School students can participate in this program during their junior and senior years.