NCSS students could take industry tests

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System plans to test students on state and national industry standards later this school year.

The Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Department at NCSS has applied for $14,516 to fund 265 industry assessments for students at Alcovy, Eastside and Newton High schools and Sharp Learning Center in programs that students take to become marketing education management trainees, certified nursing assistants, certified junior culinarians, certified Internet Web professionals and Microsoft office specialists, among others.

"This is very important because it says to employees that these students are ready for hire," said Dr. Linda Hayden, associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at NCSS.

Students who are studying the programs, or pathways, will be able to take the tests to determine if they are industry-ready, she said.

James Woodard, director of the CTAE program at NCSS, said the assessments are state and nationally recognized by industries. The tests come in various forms, such as multiple choice and short answer, and cover content related to multiple career pathways, he said.

NCSS could learn if it will receive the funding later this month. If approved, schools plan to give some tests in December and others in May to students who complete their career pathways, which are a sequence of three courses, Woodard said.

He also said NCSS is testing all seniors using the Georgia Work Ready Assessment, which allows students to receive a recognized National Career Readiness Certificate, also notifying them if they are ready to work in a particular industry.

When the Newton College & Career Academy opens in January 2012, more CTAE programs will be housed in the school for upperclassmen who completed lower-level course work in their high schools.