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McDowell County is 2nd in the state for CTE students earning credentials for the 2014-15 school year!

Benefits of Student Credentialing


Instruct – Assess – Instruct

A prime outcome of credentialing assessments for educators is the ability to gauge the level of student understanding regarding specific skills and knowledge within a program of study and adjust instruction as needed to ensure student competence. While all NC CTE courses have state-wide EOC assessments, credentialing scores provide additional data for the instruction/assessment loop and continuous improvement efforts.


Career and Continuing Education

Preparation Students who have attained a credential have a documented skill set, are more marketable in the employment arena and are better prepared to succeed in a postsecondary environment. Nationally, CTE has excelled in its competency-based approach to teaching and instructional evaluation. NC CTE credentialing offers students authentic evidence of skill attainment that is relevant to careers and continuing education.

Workforce Development Component

CTE programs are major contributors to a local education agency’s (LEA) school district’s reputation as a prime supplier of skilled workers for local communities. Business and industry normally consider external credentialing a reliable “predictor of success” for entry-level employment. Labor pools with specific technical skills along with foundational and transferrable skills attract business to locate and operate within a region.

Highly Qualified Teachers

In a number of cases, NC CTE teachers are required to become certified in order to teach a course that offers credentialing opportunities for students. This is highly recommended for all courses that have credentialing as a component. Earned teacher credentials, with related training, expand teachers’ content knowledge in the skill set areas and job roles for which they instruct students

Student-Earned, Industry-Recognized Credentials Available at MHS

  • Adobe Certified Associate- Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator® (Graphics)
  • Carolina Certified Plant Professional (Horticulture II)
  • Cpht Certified Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Technician)
  • CPR (Health Science II, Early Childhood Education)
  • EMT Basic (EMT II & 18 years of age or older)
  • EverFi- Financial Literacy (Personal Finance)
  • Lead Teacher Certification (Early Childhood Education II)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist- Office Excel 2013, Office Access 2013 (Microsoft Excel & Access)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist- Office Word 2013, Office PowerPoint 2013 (Microsoft Word & PowerPoint)
  • NC Hunter Safety Course (Agriscience Applications)
  • NC Beef Quality Assurance (Animal Science I)
  • NC Pork Quality Assurance (Animal Science II)
  • NC Private Pesticide Applicator (Horticulture I)
  • NCCER Credential (Electrical, Masonry, Carpentry)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3303 Fire Alarms and Communications (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3304 Fire Behavior (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3305 Portable Fire Extinguishers (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3306 Personal Protective Equipment (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3311 Fire Hose, Streams, & Appliance (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3321 Fire Prevention, Education, & Cause (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3323 Fire Department Orientation and Safety (Firefighter Technology I)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3307 Forcible entry (Firefighter Technology II)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3308 Ventilation (Firefighter Technology II)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3309 Ropes (Firefighter Technology II)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3310 Ladders (Firefighter Technology II)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3312 Foam Fire Stream (Firefighter Technology II)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3318 Water supply (Firefighter Technology II)
  • NCOSFM FIP# 3319 Sprinklers (Firefighter Technology II)
  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry Certification (Electrical, Masonry, Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Welding)
  • Servesafe® Foodhandler Exam (Introduction to Culinary)
  • ServSafe® Food Protection Managers Certification (Culinary Arts & Hospitality II)