About Us

CTE Highlights 2016-17

Sponsored booths at the Mountain State Fair- TC Roberson took 1st place!!! Congratulations!!!

Blue Ridge FFA Federation hosted the Truck and Tractor event at the WNC Fair in September. Congratulations to Enka High School who took home 1st Place in Truck Driving and Erwin High 1st Place in Tractor Driving.

Hosted the Student Leadership Academy at Biltmore for 100 high school students.

Hosted our first Work-based Learning Summit with over 40 business and industry partners agreeing to open their doors not only our Nesbitt Discovery School students for internships, but to all our students for work-based learning opportunities.

Over 200 students participated in Construction Career Day at Haywood County Fairgrounds. Students learned about various careers, drove large pieces of equipment and changed a tire on a real NASCAR race car.

Numerous FFA members attended the National FFA Convention and Competition in Indianapolis and Congratulations to Enka High School’s FFA Agriculture Mechanical & Technical Systems team for their 6th place finish. Team members Evan Fender, Kolby Sawyer and Aaron Howard scored a gold ranking and Brandon Keever scored a silver ranking for their work.  Also, congratulations to Evan Fender for earning 1st place with the Highest Individual score for Agriculture Mechanical & Technical Systems in the nation!  Evan will be awarded a $1000.00 scholarship as a result of his 1st place finish.  Evan also earned the Highest Individual scores in 3 other areas: Energy Systems, Environment and Natural Resources, and Electrical Systems.

Over 3200 students have earned industry recognized credentials so far this school year. (Microsoft, CNA, ServSafe, Financial Literacy, First Aide, CPR, Hunters Safety, Career Safe OSHA, Career Readiness, etc.)

Over 1100 high school students earned articulated credits through the RACE (Regional Articulation in Career and Technical Education) Program. Teachers also attended the RACE Alignment Professional Development at Blue Ridge Community College.

Over 850 middle school students, teachers and staff visited area businesses, industries, and governmental agencies during Students@Work Week. Nesbitt Discovery and Erwin High Career Academy students joined in the event. This weeklong event promotes career awareness and is based on the 5X5 economic cluster areas.

Schools partnered with the Asheville Homebuilder’s Association on the Playhouse Project. The playhouses were on display at the Spring Home Show at the WNC Ag Center in March. Congratulations to Enka High School on winning this year’s competition.

Continued to partner with Eblen Charities and A-B Tech to host Career Pathways Camps to rising 9th graders.  These camps are free to BCS students who want to participate.

Continued to partner with Silverline Plastics, Goodwill, Asheville Mall, Grove Park Inn, DoubleTree Biltmore and other businesses for the Career Academy at Erwin High School.

Partnered with the Workforce Development Board to establish a Certified Career Pathway in Hospitality and Tourism.  This is our second certified career pathway for our consortium.  Began work on our third Certified Career Pathway in Health Science.

Established a new Apprenticeship program with NC Department of Labor and Buncombe County Schools.  Departments joining the efforts are: School Nutrition, Transportation and Maintenance.  Students can be enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program while in high school and then fully enroll once they complete the pre-apprenticeship requirements- We are trying to “Grow Our Own Workforce”.

Worked with AB Tech to establish a new Health Science course for students through the Career and College Promise program.  NurseAide will be offered this summer at AB Tech for our students and NBHS and Enka are now certified to offer it on their campuses.

Implemented a new ProStart Curriculum at North Buncombe High and opened three new foods labs allowing students to earn industry certified credentials in modern, ADA compliant facilities.

Supported Career and Technical Student Organizations where numerous students won in various events and represented Buncombe County Schools at district, state and national conferences. TCR and ACRHS DECA attended International DECA Competition in Anaheim, California and 30 FCCLA students will be representing Enka, Erwin, TCR and NBHS at the National FCCLA Competition in Nashville, TN in July.

Supported CTE Teachers and Support Staff Professional Development activities.  BCS CTE Personnel presented at local, state and national conferences and represent their program areas as officers in their divisions.

CTE Continues to thrive in Buncombe County Schools with a 98% graduation rate for our CTE Concentrators.


I AM CTE---We are CTE!!!


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Christy Cheek and I am proud to serve students across our school district. I am entering my twenty-ninth year in education and am happy to say it has all been with Buncombe County Schools. I began my career as a Marketing Education Teacher at Enka High School, then I served as a Career Instructional Coordinator for the district, and now I am thankful to be the CTE Director. Throughout my journey, mentors have encouraged me and provided me tips and resources that I have used to help me be successful in my roles.

Technology, global competition, and the need for more highly skilled workers are the challenges facing the schools today.  I welcome you into our school at any time, please come see what we have to offer.


  • The mission of CTE in Buncombe County Schools is to prepare
    students to graduate career, college and life ready.

Strategies to accomplish this:

Offer a dynamic 21st Century curriculum based on the 16 national
career clusters that align with the business and industry sectors in
our area allowing students learn both content knowledge and technical
skills; earn industry certifications, and college credits.

Offer Work-based learning opportunities that connect the
community to the curriculum and provide students the hands-on

Provide robust Career and Technical Student Organizations that allow
students to experience leadership development, public speaking,
critical thinking, teamwork and other workplace ready skills needed

Career and Technical Education is not the Vocational Education of

yesteryear. It answers the call to today's rapidly changing workforce
and collegiate experiences. It prepares students today for challenges



Christy Cheek
Director of Career-Technical Education

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 West Corporation. All rights reserved.