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INCREASE IN PROGRAMS WILL BENEFIT STUDENT CHOICES

Vocational programs will expand next year in Vance County.

The Vance County Board of Education approved a career and technical education plan Monday night to grant state and federal funding for middle and high school trade-skill curriculums.

Willa Clark, the CTE director, presented the 2014-2015 application on May 22 at a curriculum committee meeting.

She said the district would add 10 courses to the 55 currently offered and incorporate advanced training in manufacturing and science, technology engineering and math, commonly referred to as STEM.

Melodie Kernahan, Southern Vance High School’s Health Science Education teacher, said her medical academy will introduce a new freshman class of 40 and start clinicals at Maria Parham Medical Center next year.

“It’s really a great program and opportunity for students who want to be in the medical field,” she said Tuesday. “And it is growing.”

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