Education Secretary Visits Carlisle Career and Technical Center to Highlight Hands-On Job Training
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera joined local business leaders and officials and students from the Carlisle Area School District to see how the district’s career and technical education (CTE) program is preparing students to be college and career ready.
“Pennsylvania’s future depends on having a well-trained workforce, and career and technical education is one pathway to prepare students for engagement in our global economy after they graduate,” said Secretary Rivera, who was visiting the school as part of Governor Wolf’s Schools That Teach Tour. “Through a combination of challenging academic classes and hands-on learning experiences, students enrolled in CTE programs gain academic and real-world skills and graduate high school prepared for college, the military, or a career in their community.”
During his visit, Secretary Rivera participated in a roundtable discussion with Carlisle students; Superintendent Christina Spielbauer; Dr. Albert Parrillo, director of Careers and Technology Education; State Representatives Barbara Gleim and Torren Ecker; and Steve Doster, PA State Director, ReadyNation.
The district’s Center for Careers and Technology offers programs in Automotive Technology; Business Academy: Accounting & Marketing; Carpentry; Early Childhood Education; Communications and Broadcasting Technology; Computer Networking; Culinary Arts; Engineering Technology; and Health Related Occupations.
It is one of more than 80 other career and technical centers (CTC) in the commonwealth that offer programs approved by the Department of Education.
Since 2014-15, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 50.1 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 43.3 percent.
The governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative is investing $70 million over two years to expand science and technology education, apprenticeships and industry partnerships, including $10 million for CTCs.
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