Career Planning and Placement

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    Johnston County Public Schools’ Career Development program leverages partnerships with local workforce partners, employers, colleges/universities, vendors, and school-based staff to support our students and their career development and engagement in work-based learning. 

    Career Development Coordinators (CDC) support Career and Technical Education (CTE) and coordinate career development services for students participating in CTE. The CDC works collaboratively with administrators, student services personnel, and teachers to ensure the delivery of career development services. CDCs facilitate linkages with parents, business/industry, postsecondary institutions, and community organizations to support students' transition to postsecondary education and employment.

    The CDC responsibilities incorporate the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, National Career Development Guidelines, the National Model for School Counseling Programs and Future-Ready Students For the 21st Century. Specific Career Development Coordinator responsibilities include:

    • Career counseling 
    • Work-based learning 
    • Providing career information
    • Business partnerships
    • Professional development 

    Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop employability skills. The concept of work-based learning has been in practice for centuries and is an integral part of the Career and Technical Education system. Work-based learning experiences occur in a work setting, typically at an employer's worksite. The work-based learning activities are coordinated with school-based activities in an attempt to show students the "why" of what they are learning. Work-based learning strategies provide career awareness, career exploration opportunities, career planning activities, and help students reach competencies such as positive work attitudes and employability skills.

    Types of Work-Based Learning

    • Apprenticeship
    • Business/Industry Field Trip
    • Cooperative Education
    • Entrepreneurial Experiences
    • Internship
    • Job Shadowing
    • Mentorship
    • School-Based Enterprise
    • Service Learning


    Business & Industry Partnerships

    Johnston County Public Schools relies on strong partnerships with local employers, post-secondary education institutions, and community leaders to facilitate students’ career development progression and career preparedness. These partnerships can help us make learning more relevant by connecting students to today’s workplaces and the skills needed to thrive in them. Business and Industry patterns can support our efforts by:

    • Sharing your expertise with students as a guest speaker or guest teacher
    • Opening your business’s doors for  tours and job shadowing 
    • Accepting student interns for paid or unpaid work experiences
    • Welcoming teachers for tours and externships to enhance their content knowledge
    • Developing a pre-Apprenticeship or Apprenticeship program 
    • Providing program guidance on a CTE advisory council 

    Career Academies 

    The academy is a smaller learning community that focuses on a career theme and is integrated into students’ studies including their core curriculum courses. Each year the same group (cohort) of academy students takes a Career and Technical Education course aligned with the career theme, as well as one or more core classes together. This school-within-a-school model may be either a three- or four-year academy.

    Each academy student participates in several work-based learning activities such as job shadowing, career fairs, career themed industry tours and an internship. Academy students are prepared to participate in these experiences through their cohort academy courses. Each academy student is required to do an internship that relates to the academy theme. The internship will be for 135 hours.




    North Johnston High School

    Academy of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing


    Smithfield-Selma High School

    Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

    JOCO Teach Academy (Education)


    South Johnston High School

    IDEAL Academy (Agriculture)  


    Resources & Opportunities


    Contact Us

    Reno Palombit
    Workforce Development Specialist
    919-980-4562 x1067