Wilkes County educators are going above and beyond to ensure that students gain classroom knowledge, practical skills and soft skills that are essential for success in the workplace. Collaboration between employers and educators at every level in the county is ongoing so that graduates can enter the workforce and meet its immediate needs. 

Primary and Secondary Education

Wilkes County's investment in education is evident in the modern schools throughout the County. Wilkes has recently funded $12 million in school physical plant improvements as part of an ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality educational setting in the area. In addition, the construction of four new middle schools was completed in 2002. As the result of these and other significant investments, Wilkes County students learn in some of the most modern and well-equipped schools of any rural setting and the investment have begun to show success. In the 2006-2007 school year, 20 of 21 Wilkes County schools met or exceeded targeted growth levels on End-of-Grade/End-of-Course tests.

In a rapidly changing world, Wilkes County Schools is committed to serving the needs of its students to prepare them for a productive life in the 21st century. We are committed to excellence in teaching and to the belief that all students can learn. Our goal is to promote high expectations for student success through a partnership of school, home and community. Each student is afforded a safe learning environment which helps develop lifelong learners, responsible citizens, independent thinkers, and productive adults able to meet challenges now and in the years ahead.

Secondary Education Programs for Career Training

Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education provides opportunities for secondary students to participate in internships, externships, apprenticeships, college classes, certification programs, mock interviews and resume building. According to Wayne Shepherd, “To date, we have six companies that are offering fourteen apprenticeable occupations. The total number of students applying from year to year ranges between 10 and 15.”

The Leader in Me

Recognizing the need for students to learn soft skills, Wilkes County Schools instituted The Leader In Me program in all WCS middle schools in 2017. The Leader In Me weekly lessons are based on principles in Stephen Covey’s 1989 book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” 

Project ADMIT

Project ADMIT (Advancing Development in Manufacturing and Integrated Technologies) offers two college programs of study: Applied Engineering Technology and Computer Technology Integration. Students can begin taking courses associated with Project ADMIT in middle school.

United Teens in Action (UTA)

United Teens in Action (UTA) is a youth-focused civic engagement program designed for high school youth to increase their leadership experiences and help them become more involved with dynamic change occurring throughout Wilkes County.