Nichols Career Center makes gains in student success


The Nichols Career Center in Jefferson City has shown significant progress in several measures of student success, according to its latest data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Nichols Career Center met all career and technical education metrics measured in DESE’s Missouri Comprehensive Data System designed to provide data to the public. This is the first time since 2015 that NCC has met all metrics and the second time in the past 14 years when data was first collected, according to a press release from JC Schools.

Data for the 2020-2021 school year show significant increases in the graduation rate, post-program placement rate, post-secondary degrees, and the concentration rate of non-traditional programs.

“The staff and students of the Nichols Career Center deserve our congratulations for the extraordinary growth they have achieved, especially while facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Superintendent Larry Linthacum said in the statement. hurry. “I want to thank the staff at Nichols Career Center for their commitment to ensuring that students at JC Schools and our community leave us ready for college and career.”

The Vocational and Technical Education Hub graduation rate measures the number of students who have completed two or more vocational and technical education courses in a single career path and who have graduated high school education. The Nichols Career Center Technical Education Concentrator graduation rate in 2021 was 99.19%. This is 8.19% higher than the state-adjusted performance level and the second highest career concentrator and technical education graduation rate since data was first collected. 14 years ago.

The post-program placement rate measures the percentage of students who, after the second trimester of graduation or a technical and vocational education program, have a job, post-secondary education, advanced training , military service or certain volunteer / service programs. NCC recorded a post-program placement rate of 95.15%, which is 25.15% above the state-adjusted performance level.

NCC saw an 8.2% increase in the number of students who obtained an industry-recognized post-secondary diploma, a certificate awarded by post-secondary institutions such as a four-year college diploma, a diploma two-year associate’s or industry certification that matches careers in the area. All of NCC’s programs offer students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized degrees. Depending on the field of their choice, students can earn this degree from one of 11 different organizations, including the American Culinary Federation, the American Welding Society, and the Building Performance Institute.

The non-traditional program concentration rate measures the percentage of vocational and technical education students concentrating in a vocational and technical education program that leads to fields that are non-traditional for their gender. A student is counted under this indicator if people of their gender make up less than 25 percent of those employed in the related occupation or field of work. Nichols Career Center’s non-traditional program concentration rate is 23.11% above the state-adjusted performance level.

In the press release, NCC Director Cody Bashore said the data shows that the dedication of NCC staff and students is paying off.

“Our business and industry partners have told us loud and clear that they need employees with these soft skills that make them not only great workers, but great employees,” he said. “That’s why, in recent years, we’ve made teaching employability skills one of our top priorities for our students, and our data reflects that effort. “

Gary Verslues, Deputy Superintendent of Secondary Education for JC Schools, said in the press release, “The NCC is proud to provide its students with an exceptional education in the career and technical arts fields. The data is proof of what we have known for so long. The Nichols Career Center offers students incredible opportunities for a better future. “

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