First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin visited Cabell Midland High School Friday afternoon to tour the school's Career Academies and learn about the vocational training and career counseling offered through the school. She was escorted by members of the Cabell Midland JROTC and toured the facilities with the help of Academy Coordinator Dale Martin and Cabell County Superintendent Bill Smith. They were also joined by Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, Cabell County Board of Education member Suzanne Oakley and Cabell Midland High School Principal Kelly Daniels.
During her time at the school, First Lady Tomblin visited each of the academies, including Agriscience, Childcare and Teaching, Health Science and Fine Arts. She spoke with Agriscience students about their current hydroponic plant project, discussed lesson plans and curriculum with Childcare and Teaching students, observed Health Science students during their pharmacy technician and phlebotomy training and watched performances by the Marching Knights, Rhythm in Red Show Choir, Madrigal singers, and the Cabell Midland Orchestra - all part of the Fine Arts Academy.
"It is critical, now more than ever, that we work together to help the young people of West Virginia achieve their full potential," First Lady Tomblin said. "The Cabell Midland Career Academies provide opportunities and tools to teach students leadership skills and professional values. After speaking to Academy students and seeing firsthand the unique education they receive, I am confident that Cabell Midland's Academy programs will help their students find fulfilling careers that are vital to the future of the Mountain State."
The Cabell Midland Academies represent a unique community partnership between Cabell County schools and the West Virginia Department of Education. The academies have been part of the curriculum at Cabell Midland for nearly five years and are funded through the Department of Education's Innovation Zone and Dropout Prevention Grant Program.
Utilizing this innovative approach to education, Cabell Midland High School is able to provide two academic pathways: the Professional Pathway, which requires students to take courses that will prepare them to enter a four-year college following graduation, and the Skilled Pathway, which is intended for students who plan to enter the workforce immediately following graduation or attend a two-year community college. Students who participate in the Skilled Pathway must utilize Career Academy programs to complete four required courses in their chosen concentration. Similar Career Academies are also offered at Huntington High School and The Cabell County Career Technology Center.