Nontraditional Day was celebrated on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at New Albany High School’s Career and Technical Education Department. Susan Feather and Christy Paul, Student Services Personnel, coordinated this event by utilizing funds from a grant awarded by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Career Education and Workforce Development. These funds are made available to provide nontraditional services to eligible high school students in the state of Mississippi.
Ninth grade students in Jalon Bullock’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes and ninth grade students in LaTrina Bynum’s Introduction to Engineering classes visited one of eight technical/skill classes offered at the NAHS Career and Technical Education Department. Prior to this special day the ninth graders filled out a form stating their interest in exploring a program as a nontraditional student. During Nontraditional Day the technical/skill instructor and his or her students provided a How To Clinic related to the program to allow the ninth grade students time to learn about the opportunities available to those who choose to prepare to work in a nontraditional setting.
This is the seventh year New Albany has been selected to receive this grant. As a result of activities relating to Nontraditional Day, an increase in nontraditional enrollment has been recorded. This school year there are 91 nontraditional students compared to 80 during the 2010-2011 school year.
Monies from the grant were used to provide supplies for the following How To Clinics:
~Auto Services-Learn proper procedure for checking oil and tire pressure
~BCT-Design a Powerpoint presentation
~Construction Trades-Build a bluebird house
~Culinary Arts-Learn proper measuring techniques and how to follow recipe
~Drafting-Explore Computer Aided Drafting Design program
~Early Childhood Education-Learn how to read books to preschool children
~Health Sciences-Learn proper handwashing techniques and checking vital signs
~Technology Applications-Make name tags using Computer Numerical Control
The 9th grade participants received a memento from the nontraditional class they visited. In addition, these students were given an informational brochure and letter to share with their parents to assist them in planning their course schedule for the 2012-2013 school year.