Governor Cooper visits Carteret County Schools

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WITN) – Governor Roy Cooper spent a second day in a row in Eastern Carolina, with his focus continuing to be on public school education. Thursday’s visit was with pre-k through 8th graders in Pitt County, while today was spent at East Carteret High School where they have their programs and educational methods.

“A lot of them are approaching education in a different way that a lot of the parents want in that area because they made a choice to go to a public school, so that’s exciting,” Gov. Cooper said.

Governor Cooper says his tour around public schools carries a message in mind: strong public schools build strong communities.

The career technical education program such as the culinary courses at East Carteret High School is working to prove that.

Jay Westbrook, the East Carteret High School principal shared, “The kids are really excited to do real-world stuff during the school day.”

Westbrook says the goal is to help the students transition into the community’s workforce successfully.

Sean Walker, one of the culinary students, presented his lemon poppyseed muffin to Gov. Cooper.

“I overheard Governor Cooper that these were one of his favorites, so I just took the initiative to go bring one to him, try to shake the man’s hand and I’d have to say it worked out positively,” Walker explained.

He says trying out this class has provided him with the opportunity to navigate toward what he wants to do for a career.

“I don’t know if I would go into this field but if I did, I feel a lot more prepared after taking this class.”

Another program Carteret County Schools showcased is the C.A.P.E. program where all three public high schools in the county partnered with local businesses to provide students with paid internships.