Greetings, Wolverines! I'm happy to be a part of the CTE Leadership Team here at West Cabarrus High and I'm excited about serving as your Career Development Coordinator (CDC). I'm also known as the Work-Based Learning Coordinator.
As Career Development Coordinator, I'm here to assist you in deciding what's next for your future and help you prepare for what awaits you after high school. Career preparation is for all high school students. Our journey together begins in 9th grade and concludes at graduation during your senior year. Among my many roles, none is more important than ensuring that your transition from high school to the world of Employment, Enrollment, or Enlistment is as smooth as possible and that you are prepared to achieve your ultimate career goals. And that happens with proper preparation!
As Career Development Coordinator (CDC), I support all WCHS students in providing the following:
As Work-Based Learning Coordinator, I support all WCHS students in connecting students interested in:
My other leadership roles here at West Cab include:
I'm here to assist you in deciding what's next for your future and help you prepare for what awaits you after high school. I am located inside the Teacher Workstation in Office B314E.
Need Some Direction? Can't Decide on Career Choices? Let's Talk! Use the QR Code (or click the link) below to book an appointment with me!
All youth under the age of 18 who work in North Carolina must have a Youth Employment Certificate. Click on the link below, and follow the steps completely in order to obtain a valid Youth Employment Certificate. The Youth Employment Certificate must be electronically signed by the youth, the parent/guardian of the youth, and the employer prior to the first day of work.
Per the North Carolina Department of Labor
Youth ages 14 and 15 may work:
In retail businesses, food service establishments, service stations and offices of other businesses. Work is not permitted in manufacturing, mining, construction sites, or with power-driven machinery.
Youth ages 14 and 15 be employed:
Youth ages 16 and 17:
When preparing for your job interview, remember to follow these simple steps:
What is the difference between a Job and a Career?
A Career is a chosen profession a person pursues and advances over a lifetime as the result of education, industry certifications, and experience.
A Job is a task that one agrees to do in exchange for payment.
What is the difference between an Employee and an Employer?
An Employer is a person or business that pays others for their services.
An Employee is a person who is paid to work for another.
What is the difference between a Job Application and a Resume?
A Job Application is a form employers use to collect information about you to see if you are a good fit for the position. There are usually four parts of a job application:
A Resume is a brief account of a person's education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application.
What is a Cover Letter?
A Cover Letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience; provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for.
What is a Profession?
A Profession is a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and formal qualifications.
What is an Internship?
An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to a student’s career interests. An internship gives a student the opportunity for career exploration, development, and new skills. Internships are supervised, structured learning experiences in a professional setting that allow you to gain valuable work experience.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a program or position in which someone learns a trade by working under a certified expert.
What is Job-Shadowing?
Job shadowing is a short-term experience that allows a student to follow an experienced worker and see the day-to-day activities of a particular career.