Joe Barnes Career & Technical Center

“Where Career Tech is Hi-Tech not Vo-Tech”

500 Bradford Street
Rosedale, MS 38907

Kandice K. Jernigan, Ed.S.

Vocational Director

Ms. Jernigan has great passion and desire to educate all children. She essentially believes that all children can learn regardless of any challenging factors. Ms. Jernigan comes from a strong educational background where both parents, aunts, and uncles worked diligently in the educational field for 30+ years. Entering the field of education was instilled in her at a very young age. She has been in the educational field for 14 consecutive years and has worked in various capacities on the school as well as district level. She has had the opportunity to teach all grade levels on the secondary level. Additionally, as an administrator, she has worked closely with and mentored teachers on the elementary and secondary level.

As the Vocational Director, Ms. Jernigan will help students explore educational avenues utilizing hands-on activities/programs. Students will be exposed to skills that can be beneficial in the workforce as well as in their personal lives. Students will also be offered alternate educational methods of receiving a high school diploma, scholarships, real world experiences, lifelong skills, personal assistance, as well as collegiate and technical exposure opportunities.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. ~Aristotle~


The Joe Barnes Career Technical Center’s Mission is to educate each student regardless of ability, race, creed, handicapping condition, or social economic status. It is our belief that all students can learn, and our aim is to provide students with the skills necessary to be productive citizens upon graduation where they attend college, enter military, or the job market.

Formerly known as “Vo-Tech” but now we’re Career-Tech

Joe Barnes signCareer and technical education is a term applied to schools, institutions, and educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. It was formerly (and is still commonly) called vocational education; however, the term has fallen out of favor with most educators because the field is not just limited to vocational trades but broaden to careers that utilize modern day technology and skills.  Here at Joe Barnes CTC, we want to give our students an opportunity to experience hands-on education in a way they may not experience in a regular academic classroom.  The idea of being “Hi- Tech” and not just “Vo-Tech” is that Career and Technical Education is open to all of our students. Our goal is to prepare our students for both the world of “academia” and “employability.”

Benefits of CTE Program

  • Non-Traditional Way to receiving an high school diploma (Ask about this)
  • Technology Organization and Honor Societies/ Scholarships
  • Hands on experience in a variety of fields
  • Exposure to Real World Experiences through field trips and presentations
  • Career Planning and Guidance Opportunities
  • Employability Skills
  • Career Mentoring
  • Exposure to College and/or Technical Schools

Course Offerings
All Course Offerings are worth 2 Credits and will take up two full periods for an hour block.

  • Business and Marketing Fundamentals/ Marketing Management
  • Early Childhood I/II
  • Construction I/II
  • Automotive Services I/II
  • Introduction Welding/Advanced Welding

Clubs and Organizations

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