In today’s Scranton Times, Dr. Thomas Baileys, the Administrative Director at Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, discusses how Career Education programs have transformed from the older “vo-tech” mentality. He’s right, CTE programs have transformed dramatically as industries and economies have changed. There are many ways CTE students can leverage opportunities, and employment preparation is only one aspect.
The CTC of Lackawanna County was formerly called the Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School. It was opened in 1973 with facilities in Scranton and Mayfield. The Mayfield building closed in the 1990’s, but the Scranton school is undergoing a renovation.
Dr. Bailey’s article nicely outlines how the new and improved programs provide exciting opportunitiesfor students. Programs at the facility are now indeed aligned with workforce opportunities and further education. However, the basic mission on which the school was founded remains the same. That foundational message is nicely expressed in words written by the original Administrative Director, Robert Muzzi;
“The programs offered at the school are developmental, not terminal, providing maximum opportunities for students to enter college, post-secondary training or employment”…Robert D. Muzzi, Adm. Director
Career Technical Education is an excellent way to provide opportunities for students. It seems as if people are beginning to value trade and technical expertise. Remember that one of the best ways to enter these fields is through Career Technical Education. Not only do these programs provide a foundation for further education, but they also help feed apprenticeship programs as well. Career Education teachers are also seasoned professionals, not only in their trade/technical area, but in teaching methodologies as well. CTE teachers understand and deliver hands-on education.
Learning is a life-long process, and CTE programs provide an excellent foundation for learning.