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TechSpec offers more CTE exploration, lessons for high schoolers

By Wendy Harrison

SUFFOLK

When Shakeim Fleshman casually tossed a corn hole bag, he had no idea how hard it would become once he donned a set of impaired vision goggles. It was hard enough just to stand on two legs for the Lakeland High School senior, much less take accurate aim.

In the meantime, Darcy Kilgore, another Lakeland senior, was trying to maneuver a golf cart around cones without a collision while sending a text message to a classmate’s phone.

These were just some of the activities that took place on April 26 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus of Paul D. Camp Community College on Kenyon Road. TechSpec, a Career and Technical Education exploration day for the students from high schools in PDCCC’s service region, was offered through PDCCC’s High School Career Coach Program.

During the month of April, which is Community College Month, more than 155 high school students received the opportunity to participate in activities like creating wind turbines, soldering and performing CPR at the community college. A session was held on the Franklin Campus on April 5 and the center in Smithfield on April 12.

Students rotated through the exploration sites that highlighted criminal justice, robotics, mechatronics, and nursing and allied health. Recruitment and Admissions Specialist and recent graduate of PDCCC Ellis “Trey” Cofield III shared some things to expect in college from a student perspective in a segment called, “What I Wish I Knew.”

“We have held CTE Exploration/STEM Days previously, but this year, we tried to be a bit more targeted to seniors who had an interest in attending Paul D. Camp Community College,” said High School Career Coach/Academic Advisor/ Adjunct Instructor Susan Stubenrauch. “We have had very positive feedback from these events.”