Career & Technical Education
Mooresville High School houses an exemplary career and technical education program for grades nine through twelve. With students competing each year in competitions, student internships, and apprenticeships with local businesses, the CTE program exemplifies the MGSD motto of Every Child, Every Day!
The Mooresville High School CTE program strives to prepare students for college and career readiness, as well as provide learning options that are appealing for students who might otherwise be at risk of leaving high school. Offering CTE pathways has the potential to engage many more students and increase high school graduation rates and postsecondary success.
Our curriculum focuses on 21st century skills that prepare students for career and college. Career Clusters are broad groupings of occupations/career specialities, organized by common knowledge and skills required for career success. There are 16 Career Clusters and 79 Pathways (subgroupings of occupations/career specialities). These clusters and pathways are used as an organizing tool for curriculum design, school guidance, and as a framework for seamless transition to career and college. The Career Cluster approach makes it easier for students to understand the relevance of their required courses and helps them select their elective courses more wisely.
- Written and oral pre- and post-assessments.
- Performance tests with teacher or employer rating checklists including industry credentials.
- Performance gains.
- Observations of performance in class and on-the-job settings by teachers and job supervisors.
- Evaluation of projects and products completed by the student, using checklists and rating scales.
Industry-recognized credentials ensure that North Carolina students graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education with validated 21 century skills.
Adobe Certified - Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe InDesign
ASE Master Automotive Technician
ASE MLR Certified
Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified User
Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User
Autodesk Inventor Certified User
Final Cut Pro X Certification
Society of Automotive Engineers
MACS Air Conditioning Certified
Pharmacy Technician Certification
CPR Health Care Provider
Microsoft Office Specialist: Access
Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel
Microsoft Office Specialist: PowerPoint
Microsoft Office Specialist: Word
NCCER Core Curriculum
NCCER Your Role in the Green Environment
NCCER HVAC Level One
National Career Readiness Certificate
ServSafe Manager Food Protection Certification
Society of Automotive Engineers
Workplace Readiness - Job Readiness
It provides evidence of authority, status, and rights. Typically, a credential is a paper document. A credential may include, but is not limited to, a certification, multiple certifications, a license, an achieved occupational competency assessment, a diploma, or college degree.
WorkKeys is a skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the United States. Students who achieve proficiency on WorkKeys’ examination will earn a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate/National Career Readiness Certificate.
The North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement is an agreement between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Community College System that provides a seamless process that joins secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study.
To receive articulated credit, students must enroll at the community college within two years of their high school graduation date and meet the following criteria:
Final grade of B or higher in the course, and;
A score of 93, or higher, on the standardized CTE post assessment.
Community college offficials verify eligibility and acceptance of articulted courses listed on the high school transcript. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation and/or demonstrate proficiency to receive credit. Colleges must follow the criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges in awarding credit. The current list of Articulated Course List can be accessed here.
Senior Concentrators in North Carolina will take WorkKeys, a national assessment of workplace readiness skills. Concentrators are students who earn four related technical credits in high school, at least one of which is at the second (completer) level. WorkKeys is a skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the United States. Students who achieve proficiency on WorkKeys’ examination will earn a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate. For more Information, Verify Skills for WorkForce Success.
Apprenticeship is a system of skilled occupational training that combines practical work experiences with related academic and technical instruction. An apprentice works on the job for an employer and is taught and supervised by an experienced person in the chosen occupation. The preplanned, progressively challenging work-based learning experience usually extends two to four years.
The apprentice is periodically evaluated and granted wage increases for satisfactory progress. Upon completion of the work and the related instruction, the apprentice is considered "skilled and knowledgeable" and will receive certification as a "journeyman" in the field.
Apprenticeship standards--established by the NC Department of Commerce - Apprenticeship and Training Bureau--are the minimum standards acceptable for any program. Local program standards may vary depending on local needs and should be developed in conjunction with all participating stakeholders.
** A program 4-year technical training partnership in the Charlotte, NC region
An internship is a work-based learning experience where a student participates in the daily operations of a work site under the direct supervision of a business mentor. The internship provides a realistic environment within which a student intern learns about a particular industry or occupation and applies knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
The work experience should contribute to the student's career pathway helping the student to narrow their career choices.
> Internship Application (3 Recommendation forms, required)
Job Shadowing is a short-term (usually a half day) educational experience that introduces an individual student to a particular job or career by pairing the student with an employee of a business, industry, or agency. By following or "shadowing" the employee, the student becomes familiar with the duties associated with that occupation, the physical setting of the occupation, and the compatibility of the occupation with his or her own career goals.
Rational of Job Shadowing
Shadowing develops an awareness of the educational and technical skills required for entry and advancement in a specific occupation. The student becomes familiar with the work-site environment and the job-related characteristics of the specific job or career. Shadowing provides students the opportunity to discuss areas of interest or concern with the employee in the "real world" occupation they are shadowing. By providing a relevant experience outside the classroom, employers are able to contribute to the education of youth and help prepare students for future career opportunities.
**More information coming soon.