Schools leadership program gives students leg-up on future

Kristi Hales and Becky Worley’s Math 1A CTLA classrooms had to find a National Treasure. Students completed several mathematical puzzles to give them clues for the hunt.

By Steve Reed

sreed@kenlynews.com

Johnston County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Leadership Academy (CTLA) offers students options between pursuing careers and furthering their education.

This is the second year for the CTLA, the first at Johnston Community College (JCC). Last year, it was held at Clayton High School but limited space prompted the move.

CTLA is the only JC Early College program that offers 5 pathways that allow students the opportunity to be employed in a career field after they graduate, and/or the option of continuing on to a four-year university to continue their studies in that career field.

CTLA is the only JC Early College program that offers five career pathways.

CTLA is a five-year program that begins with ninth grade students. Students must submit an application and successfully complete an interview.

This year, 300 students applied for CTLA and 180 were selected. Full capacity is 425 students.

Class sizes are small. Students attend weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. As students progress, they’ll be taking JCC courses. The high school courses are on the honors level and students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average during the rigorous program.

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