Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega visited Dauphin County Technical School today to highlight the importance of vocational and technical education and celebrate CTE Month with administrators, teachers and students.
“Through Career and Tech Centres, students can work with industry professionals in their schools and communities, network and make connections across the Commonwealth, meet local workforce needs and promote the valuable role that vocational and technical education plays in our educational system. These innovative programs are built on academic rigor and high expectations for student learning and achievement,” Ortega said. “The accomplishments and successes of these students demonstrate how these schools are advancing the narrative that there are multiple paths to post-secondary success for Pennsylvania students.”
Continuing his commitment to creating multiple pathways to student success, Governor Tom Wolf proposed a $6 million increase for career and technical training in his final budget.
Over the past seven years, the Wolf administration has invested $116 million in science, computer and technology education, including $80 million in the innovative PAsmart program and $36 million in learning and training for labor. Since 2015, the number of vocational and technical students graduating with industry-recognized credentials has increased by 38.7% and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has increased by 33.6%.
DCTS is a comprehensive, full-time public career and technical secondary school that believes in educating the whole student by focusing on both academic and career preparation for the student. The DCTS offers 24 degree programs that students can explore in the schools of Construction and Manufacturing, Visual Arts and Information Technology, Health Sciences and Utilities, and Transportation.
In addition to career and technical training, DCTS students can choose from a variety of courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual-enrollment programs through Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). DCTS also offers 16 adult education courses for adults looking to learn new skills to enhance their lives at home, at work, or through personal growth and enrichment.
“DCTS is honored that Secretary Ortega visited our school today to recognize the significance of CTE Month and to view our exceptional programs, as our goal at DCTS is to ensure that we provide students with the skills, knowledge and work ethic necessary to become successful adults. enter the workforce, college or the military,” said Dr. Karen Pflugh, Executive Director.
Dauphin County Technical School serves all of Dauphin County. The school has over 1,000 students from 11 high schools in the Central Dauphin, Derry Township, Halifax Area, Harrisburg, Lower Dauphin, Middletown Area, Millersburg Area, Steelton-Highspire, Susquehanna Township, and Upper Dauphin school districts.
The Dauphin County Technical School curriculum is grounded in academic and industry standards to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter post-secondary education or the workforce in an ever-changing, dynamic world. and competitive.
CTE Month is a public awareness campaign organized by the Association for Career and Technical Education that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the accomplishments and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.
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