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Bladen County Native Named New Career and Technical Director

photo of Dana Mills The Bladen County School Board voted January 13, 2020, to hire Dana Melvin Mills as the district’s new director of career and technical education (CTE). Mills will replace Willa Dean Williams, who is retiring March 1, 2020.


Mrs. Mills’ role will focus on working collaboratively with administrators, teachers, staff and other stakeholders to ensure continued educational opportunities are available for students to succeed in life such as technical skills, academic skills, and employability skills. In addition, career and technical education helps students see how what they’re learning applies to the needs of employers.


“As a Bladen County native, I am excited to be able to give back to the county that has helped shape me and so many others,” said Mills. “One of the most important goals of Bladen County Schools CTE will be to prepare our students to productively live and work in their world. I look forward to this journey with students, teachers, and the community.”


Mrs. Mills has been an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for 15 years. She earned both her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees from North Carolina State University. In 2009 and in 2019, Mills completed credentials as a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education.