College & Career Readiness
The Oxford School District’s Department of College and Career Readiness (CCR) aims to provide focused pathways for all OSD students to explore career interests, and to help students discover all of their opportunities after high school. During the district’s development of its Portrait of a Graduate in 2018, members of the community expressed a desire for “tracks for specific job skills and learning”. One goal of the CCR department is to combine academic and skill-based coursework to make school more relevant. The CCR department oversees and supports the Pathway Courses from 6-12 grade and works to align the academic and career guidance students receive as they move through the Oxford School District.
Part of the process of deciding paths to pursue after high school includes understanding how various career-based assessments can assist in planning for the future. Assessments such as the ACT, PSAT/SAT, ACT Workkeys, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), and Advanced Placement play a critical role in helping students identify career interests and opportunities as well as earning college credit, industry recognized certifications, and scholarship money.
Dr. Steven Hurdle
Director of Career and Technical Education
Dr. Hurdle is a native of Oxford and Lafayette County and a graduate of Lafayette High School and the University of Mississippi. He earned a B.A. in Recreation, a M.A. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from The University of Mississippi and has served in education since 2004.
Dr. Hurdle taught Construction Technology for 7 years and served as an assistant principal and principal at Independence High School before coming to Oxford in 2013 to serve as the founding principal of Oxford Intermediate School. In 2019 he became the first Director of Career and Technical Education for the Oxford School District and is now proud to lead the newly formed Department of College and Career Readiness. He is the proud husband of the 2017 OSD employee of the year, Lynndy (now retired) and the proud dad of a 2020 member of the Lady Charger basketball team, Ella Beth (9th grade).
“As a former CTE instructor, I have seen first hand how transformational it can be for a student to find his or her path and pursue that interest as part of their post-secondary education. We’ve seen first hand during the COVID pandemic that many of the “essential” workers are those in skills-based fields that are part of CTE programming.”
Dr. Duncan Gray
Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education
Dr. Gray is a graduate of Oxford High School and longtime resident of Lafayette County. After high school he went to the University of Alabama and earned his B.A. in Journalism and English. He joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps after college and earned his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction while teaching in Holly Springs High School. He later served at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Clinton Junior High, and in the Jackson Public School District and completed his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College.
Dr. Gray has served as an administrator in the Oxford School District for 10 years as an Assistant Principal, the District Test Coordinator, and Asst. CTE Director. While an AP he develop a 9th grade job shadowing program through community partnerships, coordinated a science class with practicum experiences at the National Sedimentation Lab, and secured a $25,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield for health and wellness.
“I’m passionate about providing relevant, engaging learning opportunities for our students. When they are able to explore how their classroom content connects to their lives outside of school, they immediately become more invested in their own education and engaged in the process.”