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Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, and technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems.


Business, Finance and Information Technology Education

Business, Finance and Information Technology Education is a broad, comprehensive curriculum at the middle and high school levels that provide students with meaningful instruction for and about business. Instruction in Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education encompasses business skills and techniques, an understanding of basic economics, and business attitudes essential to participate in the multinational marketplace as productive workers and consumers.
 

Career Development

Career Development curriculum and service functions are based on the National Career Development Guidelines and National Standards for School Counseling Programs, endorsed by the North Carolina State Board of Education. There are two career development curriculum products: 6158 Exploring Career Decisions (6-8) and 6145 Career Management (9-12). The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers and education in the 21st century. It helps students understand the lifelong, sequential process of determining self and career identity.


Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education empowers individuals to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Students develop human literacy as they master a complex set of essential skills and knowledge needed to achieve quality of life. They gain career preparedness as they acquire readiness to participate in a rapidly changing workforce and global economy.
 


Health Science Education

The comprehensive Health Science Education program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.


Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education

Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Education prepares students for postsecondary education and careers in marketing communications, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising, and professional sales. Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship consists of making socioeconomic decisions and producing goods and services to consumption. Instruction is as specific as procedures for merchandising and as general as the creativity needed to develop an effective promotion
 

Technology Engineering and Design Education

The Technology Engineering and Design program is designed to provide middle and high school student’s essential and enduring 21st Century skills. It is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program that uses languages, technologies, sciences, engineering and the arts to understand, communicate, and design. The program has three principle curriculum strands.


Trade and Industrial Education

Trade and Industrial Education is a secondary program to prepare students for careers in 10 of the 16 U.S. Department of Education career clusters. While completing course sequences in these clusters, students participate in instructional units that educate them in standardized industry processes related to concepts, layout, design, materials, production, assembly, quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting, construction, repair and service of industrial, commercial and residential goods and products.