Non-profit exposes fifth and sixth graders to future careers
Students learn about various different careers(WITN)
By WITN Web Team
Published: Jul. 10, 2021 at 1:11 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2021 at 1:19 PM EDT
BURGAW, N.C. (WITN) - Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership and Development hosted a class for students in the Vocational, Industrial and College Preparatory Academy, otherwise known as VIC Saturday.
Saturday’s session focused on vocational and technical careers. Students volunteered at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Service Unit and visited with EMS and staff from New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Pender Memorial Hospital.
According to the center, for no cost, the VIC Academy provides exposure and career training to fifth and sixth graders who reside in historically marginalized and underserved communities in Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender and Sampson counties.
Throughout the 12 week training, kids explored various different career fields, underwent training and specialized resources.
“Today’s VIC Academy class was another huge success and the students had an incredible opportunity to utilize service learning through volunteering and also learn about current trends in high demand jobs in the health care industry such as EMT’s, paramedics, and other advanced medical careers. These opportunities were made possible through the many valuable partnerships we have throughout the region.”
Dr. Jimmy T. Tate, President of Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development
Mt. Calvary says they are planning to have a similar program for eleventh and twelfth graders in the fall.
Mt. Calvary University has made another strong commitment to its Leadership Development programs and offerings through the establishment of the Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development which is a nonprofit organization.
To further enhance our services and renowned programs throughout Southeastern North Carolina, we have identified through our community partners and stakeholders the need for more community leaders that are involved in the business, nonprofit, and faith-based professions and desire to be of greater service both civically and professionally. The Center for Leadership Development will also continue working with youth through an expanded and re-defined the Opportunity to Lead (At-Risk Youth) Leadership Development Program.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I would like to thank Mt. Calvary University and its staff for affording me an opportunity for personal and professional growth. I attended Mt. Calvary University's first Leadership Development Program and aside from meeting some great people, I learned about what it takes to be a good leader and how to apply that in the workplace. It allowed me to get to know myself a little better. It was an empowering experience that promotes wisdom and facilitates self-confidence. An organization is only as good and as strong as the people that run it. I am proud to have learned some skills I can now apply to my Agency and contribute to its organizational growth. Thank you Mt. Calvary! It's an honor to be apart of your history.
Lisa Horning, Detective, Wallace Police Department, Wallace, NC