New buildings at Memphis high schools to help students with careers

SCS opens buildings helping students focus on life after graduation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Two Shelby County Schools are getting brand new buildings to help students find a job after graduation.

The buildings are going up at Whitehaven High School and Overton High School.

They'll be part of the SCS College, Career and Technical Education Department.

“This school provides a beacon of hope for our students,” said Shante Avant, Shelby County School Board District 6.

The department focuses on careers for students like accounting, banking and finance, cosmetology, culinary arts and web design.

“It’s our job to prepare all of our students to go to college -- but if a student chooses not to, we want them to enter into the workforce ready to go,” said Joris Ray, SCS superintendent

Redesigning the CCTE department has been a top priority for the Shelby County School Board.

“Our board dedicated over $8 million for the transformation of college career technology education, it is our goal to give our students the tools when they leave us to be prepared to go to a high wage job,” said Ray.

By 2025, SCS wants to offer 50 programs in 15 career clusters. They also want students to have the opportunity for AP and college credits through dual enrollment.

Through the CCTE program, the goal is to provide internship opportunities with local businesses and get the students real opportunities.

The buildings opened Wednesday with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

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