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The Marion County Career and Technology Center will offer the following courses during the upcoming school year.

Automotive Service

The Automotive Service Technician pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that prepare students for continuing education or employment in the auto service industry. This program was written to incorporate the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) learning objectives/content and hours. Students who complete this program are encouraged to take the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) ASE exams. The MLR is a national certification program recognized throughout the automotive service industry.

Carpentry

Carpentry is a program or an instructional program that prepares students for employment or continued education in the occupations of carpentry. The curriculum framework for this program was developed in partnership with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF). MCEF is the accredited sponsor for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students who complete NCCER will receive national credentials.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts pathway program includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment or continuing education in the foodservice industry. This program was written to incorporate the National Restaurant Associations (NRA) ProStart learning objectives. Any student who successfully completes this program and the mentoring requirements of the NRA can take the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement exam. This is a national certification program recognized throughout the foodservice industry. Students who adequately master this course content will be well prepared to earn their ServSafe Manager certification.

Digital Media

This program is designed for students who wish to develop, design, and implement projects in the fast growing field of digital media. The program emphasizes the techniques and tools used in digital media and the creative design or content of such media. Both theoretical learning and activity-based learning are provided for students who wish to develop and enhance their competencies and skills. The course focuses on the basic areas of computer graphics, audio production multimedia, and animation. Exposure to state-of-the-art equipment is given through advice by experts from industry.

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Education Curriculum includes classroom and hands-on experiences that help to prepare students for employment or continuing education in the early childhood education field. In the course of study, emphasis is placed on students’ personal and professional preparation for careers or education in the field, history and trends of early childhood education, children’s health and safety, child development, and child guidance and observation. Emphasis is also placed on career and professional development, characteristics of high quality early childhood centers, management and administration in quality child care programs, and the learning environment. This curriculum provides students with the background and experience needed to obtain a CDA credential within the summer after graduation.

Electrical Technology

Electrical is a pathway in the Architecture and Construction career cluster. Study in the course allows an individual to prepare for employment and/or continued education in the electrical field. Skills developed through the course of study assist students in meeting requirements for the NCCER certification. Students are provided the opportunity to participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations to include SkillsUSA.  Electrical consists of an in-depth study of electrical theory, introduction to wiring, devices and boxes, hand bending, conductors and cables, and electrical drawings. This two-Carnegie-unit course should only be taken after students successfully pass Electrical. Upon the completion of the two courses, students will have the knowledge to complete the NCCER Level I Certification.

Engineering/Robotics

Engineering is a program in pre-engineering and robotics for high school students. The purpose of the program is to provide students with expanded knowledge of the use of technological skills and to enable them to solve problems by applying knowledge in a technological context. The program is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences related to the application of engineering concepts in the workplace. Students will develop academic and technical skills, 21st century skills, and human relations competencies that accompany technical skills for job success and lifelong learning. Students who complete the program will be better prepared to enter and succeed in engineering programs offered by Mississippi community and junior colleges and institutions of higher education.

Health Science Core and Healthcare & Clinical Services

Health Science Core and Healthcare & Clinical Services (HCCS) is a pathway of courses for students in the Health Sciences career cluster. The HCCS pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will provide students with an overview of the health-care field, as outlined according to the Health Science Cluster in the National Career Clusters Framework and the National Consortium on Health Science Education Health Sciences (NCHSE), as well as begin to prepare students for careers in occupations projected to have a high number of available jobs in the next 10 years, including careers in nursing services (registered nurse, nurse aide, practical nurse, home health aide), therapeutic services (sports medicine, athletic trainer, dietitian, respiratory therapist), diagnostic services (radiologist, phlebotomist, radiologic tech, sonographer, CT technician, medical lab technician), health informatics (health information technician, medical coder), veterinary services, medical services (optometrist, medical assistant), emergency services, rehabilitative services (physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist) counselors, pharmacists, mental health services (psychologists).

Teacher Academy

The Teacher Academy program is designed to attract students to the field of education, to provide information and field experiences relevant to pursuing a degree in education, and to prepare students for the rigors of a career in education so they will remain long-term educators. This pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment or continuing education in the education field.

Welding

Welding prepares students for employment or continued education in the occupations of the welding field. The curriculum framework for this program was developed in partnership with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF). MCEF is the accredited sponsor for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students who complete NCCER will receive national credentials.

Work-Based Learning

The WBL course gives Mississippi high school students the opportunity to earn academic credit for their authentic work experiences. To receive credit, students must be enrolled in a WBL course and meet all course requirements. WBL experiences may include internships, pre-apprenticeships, entrepreneurial ventures, service-learning, virtual enterprises, and other supervised work experiences. Students must have previously completed a two year course or be enrolled in the second year of their CTE program to enroll in Work-Based Learning. Students enrolled in WBL during their 11th and 12th grade years can substitute one WBL credit for the College and Career Readiness (CCR) credit required for graduation. 


 

 

 

Dr. Janice H. Sears

Director

Dr. Jan Sears, CTE Director, joined the Marion County School District in 1997.  She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Business Administration and received her Masters of Secondary Education at William Carey College and her Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Mississippi State University.  She completed her PhD in Technology Education from Mississippi State University. As a doctoral student, she investigated the attitudes and perceptions of Mississippi Career and Technology School Administrators toward technology integration and their knowledge and use of the National Educational Technology Standards for School Administrators (NETS∙A). Dr. Sears resides in Lumberton with her husband, Steed.  They have two daughters, Conner Sears, M.D. and Logan Havard. She enjoys water-sports and spending time with family and friends.

jsears@marionk12.org

 

Keri Armstrong

CTE Counselor

My name is Keri Armstrong.  I am a 1998 graduate of West Marion High School.  I hold a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.S. Degree in School Counseling from William Carey University, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Counseling from Mississippi State University.  I received my certification for Educational Administration through the MAPQSL program in 2016.  I have been a National Board Certified Counselor and a National Board Certified School Counselor since 2010. I am currently working on my Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at William Carey University.  I began my career in education in 2004, serving first as an elementary teacher for 3 years, and then as a counselor at the high school level.  My husband, Devon, and I reside in Foxworth and we have two children.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, singing/listening to music, reading, and more!  My passion is helping students transition from high school to college, plan for their future careers, and become productive citizens in our community. As counselor at the Marion County CTC, I am privileged to work with a phenomenal group of teachers and an administrator who share this passion as well!  karmstrong@marionk12.org

 

 

 

Kimberly Rawls

Student Services Coordinator

        My name is Kimberly Rawls. I am a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in 

        Elementary and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. I am currently     

        pursuing a Doctorate (PhD) in Instructional Technology at Mississippi State University. I have been a proud 

        educator since 2007, serving as a 4th grade teacher for two years, and then serving as a Student Services   

        Coordinator.  I am currently serving as a mentor teacher for new CTE program instructors at MCCTC. In recent    

        years, I have served as a Student Services Coordinator (SSC) trainer for the Mississippi Department of 

        Education, which allowed me to nurture and share knowledge with other Student Services Coordinators across     

        the state of Mississippi. I have also served as a literacy mentor for the Mississippi Department of Education’s 

        ASK-CTE project, which primarily focused on the incorporation of literacy strategies into CTE instruction. I am     

        IC3 and C.O.O.L certified, and I am also a co-advisor of MCCTC's chapter of National Technical Honor Society.  

        I reside in Sumrall, MS with my husband and our three children. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with 

        family and friends, mentoring teens, and serving in the community.

        krawls@marionk12.org

Amy Baughman, NBCT

Teacher Academy Instructor

My name is Amy Baughman. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Technology Education in 2006. In 2008, I received a Masters in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. Currently, I am the Teacher Academy instructor at Marion County Carl Loftin Career & Technology Center. My certifications include the following: IC3, C.O.O.L., and National Board Teacher Certification.

abaughman@marionk12.org

 

Robert Boone

Welding Instructor

My name is Robert Boone. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture Education. I also have a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision.  For 20 years I taught Agriculture at Varnado High School in Angie, Louisiana. While there, I also served as assistant principal for 11 years and principal for one year. I spent my last year there as the curriculum coordinator.  I am currently the Welding instructor at Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center.  My certifications include:  Welding Level 1, 2, 3,  and 4, Construction, Electrification, Plumbing, and Masonry.  I am married and have five children.  In my spare time, I enjoy working on the farm with cattle and spending time with my family.

rboone@marionk12.org

Tanner Williams

Electrical Instructor

I am a graduate of West Marion High School. I studied Electronics and Instrumentation at Pearl River Community College. I have worked as an operator, and an electrician for over five years.I come from a long line of electricians. I have lived in this county my whole life. My hobbies include river fishing, creek fishing, and all types of hunting.

twilliams@marionk12.org

 

Debbie Brumfield, NBCT

Work-Based Learning Experience Instructor

My name is Debbie Brumfield. I am the Career Pathway Experience instructor at Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center and a co-advisor of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Technology and obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. In 2012, I achieved National Board status as a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education. My other certifications include: C.O.O.L. and IC3. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, and traveling.

dbrumfield@marionk12.org

 

Shari Bryant, RN

Health Sciences Instructor

As the Health Sciences II teacher at Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center, I am thankful to help students in Marion County on their path to a professional career. I grew up and graduated Forest Hill High School in Jackson, MS in 1992, but my husband and I have raised our family in southern Mississippi. I have worked as a Registered Nurse continuously since earning an Associate Degree in Nursing from Pearl River Community College. I am BLS, ACLS, PALS, Tb, and TNCC certified. I am also C.O.O.L. certified. My husband and I enjoy traveling to visit our children and their families.

sbryant@marionk12.org

 

Shaboria Sartin

Early Childhood Education Instructor

I am Shaboria Sartin, and I am the Early Childhood Education Instructor and an advisor for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America at the Marion County Career and Technology Center.  In 2017, I graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Childcare and Family Studies.  I have previous experience in various preschool settings.  I have ten wonderful years of practical classroom experience, and I’m extremely passionate about teaching students the importance of early childhood education. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children.

ssartin@marionk12.org

Kade Lear

Auto Mechanics Instructor

My name is Kade Lear. I am the Automotive Technology Instructor at the Marion County Career Technology Center. I am a graduate of Tylertown High School. I attended Southwest Mississippi Community College and received a degree in Automotive Technology. I have been involved in automotive repair and parts sales since the age of 14. I love anything with an engine.. When away from work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

klear@marionk12.org

 

Anna Morris

Engineering/Robotics Instructor

My name is Anna Morris. I am a 2009 graduate of Columbia High School. I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. I have taught mathematics, science, Cyber Foundations, and currently am the Engineering and Robotics instructor. I am C.O.O.L certified. I live in Columbia with my Goldendoodle, Hunt. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, swimming, watching football, and cheering on the USM Golden Eagles. 

amorris@marionk12.org

 

Bryan Porter

Construction/Carpentry Instructor

Bryan Porter is a graduate of Columbia High School 1997. After high school he studied at Jones County Junior College and William Carey University and has an Associates in Arts degree from Jones County Junior College. He has over 15 years experience as a residential carpenter where he did many jobs including framing, forming, building cabinets, and all other types of finish carpentry. He is currently the Construction/Carpentry Instructor at the Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center. In his spare time Mr. Porter enjoys traveling with his wife and two children. He also enjoys going to football games, playing golf, hunting, and fishing.

bporter@marionk12.org

 

Katie Albritton, RN

 

     Health Sciences Instructor

 

My name is Katie Albritton. I am the Health Sciences 1 instructor at Carl Loftin Career and Technical Center in Marion County, Mississippi. I am a 2004 graduate of Stone High School in Wiggins, Mississippi. I received my Associates degree at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in May 2006 and my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi  in 2009. I am passionate about healthcare and I enjoy instructing students in this area.

I am married and have four children. We live in Sandy Hook, Mississippi. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

kalbritton@marionk12.org

 

 

Chef Dana Smith

Culinary Arts Instructor

My name is Dana Smith.  I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in Home Economic Education.  I am the Culinary Instructor at the Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center.  I hold the following certification: ServSafe, ServSafe Proctor,  IC3, C.O.O.L., ProStart Levels 1-3, State Pro-Start Summer Training. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and cooking.

dhsmith@marionk12.org

 

Heather Smith

Digital Media Instructor

My name is Heather Smith.  I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 2004. I also have a Masters in Business Administration from William Carey University.  Currently, I am the Digital Media instructor at the Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center. I am IC3 and C.O.O.L. certified.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

hsmith@marionk12.org



The Marion County School District provides equal opportunity in employment, programs, and activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability as required by the civil rights act of 1964, Public Law 94-192 and the educational Amendment of 1972 Title IX. If you feel you have been discriminated against, please contact Title IX Coordinator Dr. Antrice Smith at the Marion County School District, 1010 Hwy 13 N. Columbia, MS (601) 736-7193, asmith@marionk12.org and Dr. Annie Franklin, 504 Coordinator at the Marion County School District, 1010 Hwy 13 N. Columbia, MS (601) 736-7193, afranklin@marionk12.org