• As of May 2023, GCS CTE has newly registered a pre-apprenticeship program with the state of North Carolina through courageous partnership with ApprenticeshipNC. The program is called Student Opportunities for Apprenticeship Readiness (S.O.A.R.). Pre-apprenticeship, also known as Youth Apprenticeship, is a program or set of strategies designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP); and is the best pathway to a RAP. The uniqueness of the GCS CTE S.O.A.R. program is student apprentices are completing CTE career pathways with industry standard curriculum in the aligned apprenticeable occupation, participating in a hands-on Level I and Level II (+) course sequences, inclusive of opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and engage in relevant work-based learning. Students will gain direct entry into a RAP upon successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship program. In its inaugural year, S.O.A.R. has three registered occupations: Diesel Mechanic, Electrician/Maintenance, and Medical Assistant along with three business partners: Best Logistics Group (Kernersville, NC); R.D. Graham Electric, LLC (Greensboro, NC); and Bethany Medical (Greensboro, NC). Employers benefit from apprenticeship programs by having a skilled workforce, improving productivity, reducing turnover, customizing training, retaining workers, and fostering workplace diversity. 

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