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Kannapolis City Schools' CTE Director named best CTE Administrator in the state

Daryle Adams

Kannapolis City Schools’ Director of STEM & Career Technical Education (CTE) has been named the state's top CTE Administrator. Daryle Adams received the North Carolina CTE Administrator of the Year award to honor his achievements in expanding Kannapolis City Schools’ Career Technical Education program, his outstanding leadership, and his efforts to ensure student and teacher success. The award was presented by the North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education.

Russell Parker, who is the incoming state chairperson for the North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education said, “Daryle Adams has proven himself to be a tremendous supporter of community workforce needs by creating partnerships with local and state business leaders. He also is innovative and strategic in creating courses and programs for students, and he is most deserving of being North Carolina’s CTE Administrator of the Year.”

Under Daryle Adams’ leadership, Kannapolis City Schools has significantly expanded its Career Technical Education program. The program now includes 26 Career Pathways and 48 professional credential certifications that are offered to students. Kannapolis City Schools' one high school, A.L. Brown, offers more career pathways and professional certifications than any other high school in the region.

As part of Kannapolis City Schools' CTE program, the district partners with Rowan Cabarrus Community College to offer certifications in Welding, Information Technology, Graphic Design, and many other fields. In 2019, Kannapolis City Schools added a Public Safety Program to its CTE offerings, and it will add HVAC and Mechatronics in 2020. KCS also has started a pre-apprenticeship program with Wayne Brothers Companies that allows students to earn guaranteed employment after high school and be eligible for free college tuition to continue their education. Governor Roy Cooper recently named Kannapolis City Schools’ Wayne Brothers partnership as the winner of the Governor’s Award of Distinction for outstanding Innovative Partnerships.

“Under the leadership of Daryle Adams, the students of Kannapolis City Schools are the real winners of this award,” said Superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell. “The work Mr. Adams has put in over the last four years and how that work has changed the lives of students and families is the reason he is the North Carolina CTE Administrator of the Year. Words cannot describe the impact Mr. Adams has had on the lives of so many of our students,” Buckwell said. “At the end of the day, if you have positively impacted a child’s life, you have done a full day’s work. Daryle Adams has done that and so much more. Everyone in Kannapolis City Schools is extremely proud of Daryle Adams, and he is very deserving of statewide recognition.” 

According to KCS Board of Education Chairperson, Todd Adams, “Mr. Adams has been a stellar director of CTE with Kannapolis City Schools. His work is incomparable. His dedication to our students is measured by their success, and we have put many students into good paying jobs without college debt under his leadership. The Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education is so very grateful for all the work that he and the entire CTE staff have put into making our student success what it is today.”

Daryle Adams will now be considered for national CTE Administrator of the Year honors from the National Association for Career and Technical Education.