Develop a Strategy for Creating Vocational Classes and Career Development for Youth

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prosperity_and_engagementCouncil Goal

Develop a strategy for creating vocational classes and career development for youth with the school system, Durham Tech and other non‐ profit organizations

Goal Champions

Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture
Jim Orr, Parks and Recreation Director



Project: High School Fire Academy

Current Status:

The CHCCS Fire and EMS Academies launched this fall at Chapel Hill High School with 23 enrolled students.   The school hired a former Greensboro firefighter to serve as the instructor or “High School Fire Chief.” The instructor is working closely with Chapel Hill Fire Department to coordinate schedules so that CHFD staff can assist with training exercises and the program can use the CHFD Training Center on Weaver Dairy Road. A surplus fire truck was recently dedicated as a High School Learning Lab.

Project: Aquatics Academy

Current Status:

In partnership with the YMCA and CHCCS, Parks & Recreation is investigating the feasibility of an Aquatics Academy where students would be trained as lifeguards and learn about pool operations.


Project: North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) Community Enablement (CE) Projects

Current Status:

Pilot projects in virtual reality training have been successful.  The North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is working with the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as the CHCCS on community enablement projects.  Distance learning including learning from the home continue to be tested using the gigabit services available in the Town.  The mentoring pilot is being expanded to include more people and more locations.  


Project: Youth Employment Across Departments 

Current Status: 

A variety of Town departments – Library, Parks & Recreation, Housing & Community, etc.  – employ area youth, both for seasonal summer jobs and through programs like the CHCCS Community Based Vocational Training program (CBVT), which deploys special needs student and their job coaches for job training and life coaching. 


Last Updated

November 14, 2017





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