Students Preparing for the Future through CCTE
Williamson County Schools (WCS) is committed to offering students a variety of educational options to complement the core curriculum. With nearly 40 different programs of study, our comprehensive College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) program encourages students to take advantage of and explore their individual strengths and how those may align with a rewarding career.
Students may enroll in one or two CCTE courses each year while taking the most rigorous academic course load they can manage. This provides high school students a look into the career world and make informed decisions about post-secondary programs and the credentials needed for the jobs they desire.
CCTE courses combine a classroom experience with the relevancy of real world application. Classes consist of cutting edge equipment, internships, guest speakers, and business practicums, many of which are available to earn a college credit. The CCTE Programs of Study displays the 16 career clusters offered with specific programs, the sequence of courses, and which schools offer each program.
Students interested in a course not currently offered at their zoned school may request the option to attend a school out of their zone if room is available. Students should discuss these options with their school counselor for more information.
Business Partnership Opportunities
WCS is excited to assist students in finding opportunities with our community partners. Our unique education initiative with Williamson, Inc. allows us to strengthen partnerships between businesses in Williamson County and WCS. Businesses can get involved and invest in the youth of Williamson County in many ways such as:
- Speakers Bureau
- Student Internships
- Teacher Externships
- Job Shadowing
- WCS & Franklin Special School District Career Day
Worked Based Learning
- PLP Application Pages
These documents are required for all WBL students. (For Health Science students the documents may be completed after a student is accepted into a Nursing Education or Clinical Internship).
Work Based Learning information for Parents, Teachers & Employers
Work Based Learning information for Students
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)? WBL is a capstone course in the student’s focus elective/career goal area. The course builds on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills to prepare the student for success in post-secondary education and future careers. This course facilitates exploration of career interests and can provide an edge for entering post-secondary programs, as well as the work force!
Who can take WBL? Senior level students interested in working in a job that aligns with their focus elective and/or post-secondary career goals are eligible for WBL. The student should have transportation to their work site. (WBL Applications are available on the WCS CTE website.)
Who teaches WBL? WBL Teachers/Coordinators are educators trained and certified by the TN Department of Education to facilitate this course.
Does WBL have homework? The WBL course has state standards that each student must complete to gain course credit. The course assignments, which are paced over the school year, challenge the student to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experience. The students will meet regularly throughout the year with their WBL Teacher/Coordinator. Assignments are managed by their assigned WBL Teacher/Coordinator. Time outside of school may be required to complete the assignments, and some schools may require them online.
Does the student have to find their own job? The student is responsible for finding a job placement which aligns with their focus elective/career goals. Their focus elective teacher(s), however, may serve as a valuable resource for helping students in discovering possible placements. The place of employment must be less than 16 miles from your school. Note: Health Science teachers may place students depending on the nature of the class.
What should a student do if they are interested in taking the WBL course? The student should discuss this desire with their school counselor and pick up a WBL application. Closely look over the application and ensure enough time to complete all the necessary parts.
The ETC labs serve to offer hands-on experience for students enrolled in Education and Training Career courses, provide quality childcare and parenting skills for teen parents continuing their high school education, and, lastly, provide teachers and staff of WCS the opportunity for on-site, high-quality childcare. The program serves teen parents first, then the faculty and staff of the district and then community members if space is available. Each lab is fully certified by the TN State Department of Education.
The ETC Labs will offer developmentally appropriate activities for the children enrolled that target the development of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. The curriculum includes art, crafts, music, interactive games, and appropriate learning activities. The curriculum directly aligns with the TN-ELDS (Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards) and with the State and WCS Pre-K standards.
- Infant (6 weeks - 12 months)
- One-year-old (12 months - 24 months)
- Combined Two- and Three Year old (24 months - 36 months)
- Combined Three- and Four-Year old (36 months - 5 years)
The CCTE Daycare Parent Handbook provides information on contacts at each school, rates and fees, hours of operation and more!