Career Center

Career Center

Infobox Education in the United States
name= WS/FCS Career Center

imagesize= 300px
streetaddress= 1615 Miller Street
city= Winston-Salem
state= North Carolina
zipcode= 27103
areacode= 336
phone= 727-8181
fax= 727-2115
url= [ link]
schoolboard= Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
superintendent= Don Martin
principal= Dennis Moser
viceprincipals= Mary Fox, Melita Wise
schooltype= Alternate High School
grades= 9-12
language= English
area= Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC
colors= Maroon and Grey (unoffcial)
enrollment= ~2000 Non-Permanent
enrollment_as_of= 2006
The Career Center is a high school located in Winston-Salem, NC. It offers an extension to the regular high school program. Classes offered include Advanced Placement courses, career and technical education (CTE) courses, as well as English and other classes too small to be held at the regular high schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools program, such as Japanese and Chinese. It also offers extended day classes, which are classes held after school that allow students to "make up" a failed class in order to graduate. It leases its building to Gardner-Webb Technical University and Forsyth Technical Community College at night.

tudent Schedule

Students come from the 10 "main" high schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. Most students typically spend about half a day at the Career Center, either in the morning or afternoon, taking one or more Advanced Placement or a career-related class. Several honors and regular level classes are also offered. Bus transportation is provided at certain times to and from home schools, and some students drive. Students spend the rest of the day at their "home" school. Some students have all of their classes at the Career Center; schedules vary from student to student.The Bell Schedule is as follows:

*Transportation to and from home schools provided at this time

Other information: "13th Period" consist of Periods 3 and 4, 12th Period consists of Periods 2 and 3, 15th Period consists of Periods 5 and 6, and 16th Period consists of Periods 6 and 7.

tudent Life

The Career Center offers a unique experience for the students that choose to attend it. Career classes have contracted with local businesses such as electricians for students with hands-on experience that are interested in working after high school. Many teachers at Career Center are experts in their fields, some of whom have taught their class since its inception. This is reflected in AP exam scores; over 55% of the students achieve a 5, the highest level, on the Advanced Placement United States History exam.

Beyond academics, Career Center also provides a collegiate atmosphere for students. Students enrolled in the AP classes strive to achieve higher than those found at normal high schools. Many students are granted travel periods to extend time management responsibilities while providing time to study, socialize, or relax.

Since the Career Center is not a main high school in the WS/FCS system, it devotes a certain amount of time to attracting new students. Recent items include bumper stickers, glow in the dark T-shirts, carabiners, and hoodies with the Career Center logo on it. The Career Center sends seniors to the main high schools in the system with presentations to entice rising sophomores and juniors to apply for classes there.

Career-related classes

The career center offers classes related to specific fields. These classes, usually about 1.5 hours (two periods) long, are designed to help students gain a better understanding in that specific field, and better prepares them for it. They are taught by professionals in that specific industry. They include:
*Agricultural Work Development
*Allied Health Sciences
*Auto Collision Repair
*Automotive Technology
*Auto Service Technology
*Aviation Technology
*Mandarin Chinese Language (Mandarin Chinese 1 is a single-period class)
*CISCO Networking (single-period class)
*Commercial Art
*Computer Information Systems
*Culinary Arts
*Early Childhood Education
*Landscape/Construction Maintenance
*Radio Broadcasting
*TV Broadcasting

=AP Classes=

These classes are more difficult, considering they are on a college level. Students can receive college credit for these classes only if they take the AP exam at the end of the year.
*AP Art Drawing
*AP Art History
*AP Art Portfolio 2-D
*AP Art Portfolio 3-D
*AP Biology
*AP Calculus AB
*AP Calculus BC
*AP Chemistry
*AP Computer Science A
*AP Computer Science AB
*AP English Language and Composition
*AP English Literature and Composition
*AP Environmental Science
*AP European History
*AP French Language
*AP French Literature
*AP German Language
*AP Human Geography
*AP Japanese Language and Culture (new course; first exam in May 2007)
*AP Latin Literature
*AP Macroeconomics
*AP Microeconomics
*AP Music Theory and Composition
*AP Physics B
*AP Physics C
*AP Psychology
*AP Spanish Language
*AP Spanish Literature
*AP Statistics
*AP United States History
*AP World History


There has been much speculation about the future of the Career Center. It is widely believed that Forsyth Technical Community College, which is located adjacent to the building, will buy it in 2008, if an education bond passes. If that were to occur, a new administrative building for the school system (which is currently attached to the Career Center) would be built downtown. A new Career Center would be built at another location, which is still being determined. There is some uncertainty as to whether both CTE and Advanced Placement classes would be held at a new facility.

External links

* [ Updated Official Site]

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