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School board may create CTE high school in northern Wake County

Students at the Wakefield High School Ninth-Grade Center head home at end of school day on Jan. 4, 2016 from the converted Winn Dixie Supermarket that was leased by the Wake County school system. Wake wants to set up a specialized high school program at the location to offer students training in career and technical fields.
Students at the Wakefield High School Ninth-Grade Center head home at end of school day on Jan. 4, 2016 from the converted Winn Dixie Supermarket that was leased by the Wake County school system. Wake wants to set up a specialized high school program at the location to offer students training in career and technical fields. cseward@newsobserver.com

A Wake County school board committee will hear a proposal Monday to open a specialized high school in Wake Forest that offers students technical training in different career fields.

The agenda for Monday’s student achievement committee meeting includes a presentation on converting Wakefield High School’s 9th-grade center into a career and technical education (CTE) focused high school for the 2017-18 school year. The new program would serve northern Wake students who don’t want to make the longer commute into south Raleigh to attend the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted in January to extend the lease for the Wakefield ninth-grade center building at 931 Durham Road in Wake Forest. At the time, school administrators said they would eventually move Wakefield’s freshmen out to locate an “innovative high school program” at the former Winn-Dixie supermarket.

Vernon Malone opened in August 2014 as a first-of-a-kind high school in Wake County that offeres students a chance to get a diploma and specialized job training. Wake Tech provides the instructors for the technical courses, which include cosmetology, automobile-collision repair, welding, nursing assistant, bio-pharmaceuticals, geospatial information systems, and simulation and game development.

Wake is looking at partnering with Wake Tech again at the new CTE high school in northern Wake.

Other agenda topics Monday include:

▪ Presentation of a new three-year plan to serve Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students;

▪ An update on Wake County’s CTE offerings;

▪ Presentation on the World Cafe and SummerSTEM programs;

▪ Discussion of a potential collaboration with the YMCA and the Southeast Raleigh Promise Project on an “innovative community responsive school.”

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