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Members from the Career Center's Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) chapter attended their State Leadership Conference held in Jackson on April 3 - 4.

Coming home with top honors were James Hinton and Nyquisha Brown.  James placed 2nd in the "Healthy Lifestyles Event while Nyquisha took 1st place in Personal Care.  Both members are eligible to compete at the National Conference to be held in Orlando, FL, June 25 - 29.  Mrs. Sheena Barnes is the adviser for the HOSA chapter.


Four members from the Career Center’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the State Leadership Conference in Jackson on April 10 - 11 with two members competing in various events. 

The chapter made a strong appearance in their competitions with two state finalists:  Ms. Oliviyah Farris placed 1st in Word Processing, and Marcus Ferguson placed 3rd in Public Speaking II.  Finishing in the top two qualifies Oliviyah to advance to nationals to be held in Nashville, TN, June 29 – July 2. 

Oliviyah was also recognized in FBLA’s Who’s Who for her accomplishment the past three years at the district and state levels.  These accomplishments include placing first place at the district level and first place at the state level for three consecutive years!

Financial Literacy Grant Awarded
The Career Center’s Business department recently was awarded a $15,400 Pathway to Financial Success Grant sponsored by Discover. This grant will provide the business department with financial literacy resources  and allow students enriched opportunities to acquire financial literacy skills and concepts. Pictured are Mrs. Lila Broom, business instructor who applied for the grant, and Dr. Thomas Johnson, Career Center Director.

Career Center Student Organizations Compete!

As part of National Career & Technical Education Month, student organizations at the Career Center participated in their respective district competitions. 

Eight Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members competed in various business events at JCJC.  Marcus Ferguson finished 6th in the Public Speaking II Event, and Oliviyah Farris finished a strong 1st place in the Word Processing Event.

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) had nine members to compete at district conference held on the campus of Hattiesburg High School.  HOSA finalists include: 
  • Nyquisha Brown, 1st place--Personal Care;
  • Zingha Porter, 2nd place--Medical Assisting;
  • Megan Daniels--2nd place--Persuasive Researched Speaking & 5th in Extemporaneous Writing;
  • Jasmine Callon, 4th place--Prepared Speaking;
  • LaShonda Myers, 1st place--Job Seeking Skills.

Technology Students Association (TSA) had seven members participate in their local conference held at PRCC's Hattiesburg campus.  Brandon Mancuso qualified for Robotics Skills & Game Performance Event and Navraj Batra finished 1st in the Technology Essay Event 

Students of the Months -- P.B.I.S.

These students were selected by their instructors or career center staff
for demonstrating positive behaviors while on campus

P--Participation R--Respect I--Integrity D--Dedication E--Excellence

January Students of the Month
Shaniqua Barnes, Auto; Demerrick Owen, Construction; Jerneka Laird, Business Management
Justice Reese, Welding; Wendy Hathorn, Robotics; Nyquisha Brown, Health Science

Nov/Dec Students of the Month
Lakeshia Davis, Health Science; Madison Sims, Auto; Keona Young, Welding
Joshua Hubbard, Construction; Fred McCullum, Robotics
Tamila Barnes, Business Management

October Students of the Month
Front Row:  Myeshia Blanks, Business
Back Row:  Gerald Reese, Construction; Lakeshia Davis, Health Science;
Myyah West, Robotics Keona Young, Welding; Madison Sims, Auto


September Students of the Month
Tressa Polk, Welding; Racheem Boothe, Construction (staff);
Damien Perkins, Robotics, and Alandus Nelson, Auto Service

Aaliyah Speights, Health Science; TaJeanne Griffith, Construction; and
Jami Pack, Business Management

February--National Career & Technical Month Activities

To celebrate National Career & Technical (CTE) Month, the Dennis W. Fortenberry Career Center will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the month.  The kick-off event was a tour by 9th graders from Bassfield and Prentiss High Schools to provide area students with the opportunity to view CTE programs available in the district.  The tour included a session in which students were able to select CTE pathway choices of interests.  (See Slideshow below)  Additional events for the month include student organizations' district competitions, community guest speakers, program recruitment activities, and job shadowing.
Career And Technical Education (CTE) prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities.  These careers may require varying levels of education--including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two-and four-year degrees.

CTE is offered in middle schools, high schools, area career and technical centers, community and technical colleges, and other postsecondary institutions.  According to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, approximately 12 million students participated in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs supported by the Carl D. Perkins Act during the 2010-2011 school year.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Students from The Career Center help to promote Breast Cancer Awareness by participating in October's Breast Cancer Awareness Events.  Allied Health students distributed to their peers brochures that demonstrated Breast Cancer self-exam procedures along with other awareness information. On October 30, the Career Center's "Pink-Out" Day, second-year students from each career path program were invited to light sky lanterns in honor of those who have fallen victims of breast cancer. 

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