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Be Pro Be Proud Event Puts Students in the Driver's Seat for Career Exploration


Kenansville, North Carolina - February 6, 2024- Duplin County Schools Career and Technical Education Program and the James Sprunt Community College Vocational Technical Education (Vo-Tech) Program combined efforts to bring the Be Pro Be Proud mobile workshop to over 270 high school students across the county.  Be Pro Be Proud is a workforce initiative to help generate interests from students, parents, educators, and the community in the technical and trades professions. The program is supported by business and industry partners that rely on this type of workforce to operate.  Students enjoyed their time on various simulation activities, where they got an opportunity to drive an eighteen wheeler as well as operate a crane and dump truck. Other simulation activities included welding, HVAC, robotics, plumbing, Locomotive Engineering, Diesel Technology, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator, electrician, and more. Students also enjoyed informative career presentations from Four County Electric Membership Corporation, Smithfield Foods, and Butterball. The JSCC Vo-Tech instructors, along with student ambassadors from the JSCC Vo-Tech classes, provided demonstrations and information about their trade and technical training programs. This two-day event was held on the campus of James Sprunt Community College and gave DCS students a one of a kind, hands-on experience to explore potential careers in North Carolina's top technical fields.