Nontraditional Day was celebrated on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the New Albany High
School of Career and Technical Education. There were 165 freshmen students who participated in the event.
Christy Paul, Student Services Coordinator, organized this event by utilizing funds from a grant awarded by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Career Education and Workforce Development.
The 2018 theme for the Nontraditional Day event was “Do You Hear a Nontraditional Career Calling You?”. Recruitment of nontraditional students helps to improve the opportunity for students to explore careers that may prepare them for high skill, high wage occupations for nontraditional employment in new and emerging careers.
Forty-one school districts were awarded the grant for the 2017-2018 school year. These funds are made available to provide nontraditional services to eligible high school students in Mississippi. Grant monies were used to furnish supplies for the “How-To-Clinics” that were a part of the Nontraditional Day activities.
During Nontraditional Day the technical/skill instructor and his or her students provided a How-To-Clinic related to their career and technical program. How-to-Clinics are done to offer an excerpt from class curricula to encourage students to explore and start to think of future career interests. It also provides time for students to learn about the opportunities available to those who choose to prepare to work in a nontraditional setting.
This is the thirteenth year New Albany has been selected to receive this grant. As a result of activities relating to Nontraditional Day, increase in nontraditional enrollment has tripled.
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