The Value and Promise of CTE: Results from a National Survey of Parents and Students

Posted on Categories Communications, Parent Engagement, Recruitment and Retention

Gather your school’s communications team, read the report and watch the presentation. You’ll be inspired to review and improve your communications efforts! Published by Advance CTE, this presentation discusses key findings from a recent report, The Value and Promise of CTE. In addition, the 41-minute presentation offers career and technical center personnel invaluable suggestions and guidance … Continue reading The Value and Promise of CTE: Results from a National Survey of Parents and Students

Remind Me App

Posted on Categories Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Guidance counselor Morgan Lynch uses the Remind Me app (https://www.remind.com/) to communicate important school information to Lawrence County Career and Technical Center students in an efficient manner. Overview Through the Remind Me app, Ms. Lynch can quickly inform students about important school events and deadlines. She sends messages that cover a range … Continue reading Remind Me App

PASTA (Parents Appreciated by Students, Teachers, and Administration) Night

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At a Glance To thank parents for their support and to strengthen school-to-parent communication, Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) hosts a parent appreciation dinner. Overview SCTC replaced its Fall Open House with a parent appreciation dinner known as PASTA Night. PASTA is an acronym: Parents Appreciated by Students, Teachers, and Administrators. Because SCTC has 16 … Continue reading PASTA (Parents Appreciated by Students, Teachers, and Administration) Night

Collaborative Model for Hiring

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At a Glance In an effort to reduce turnover and hire highly qualified candidates, the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education created an extensive assessment and performance hiring process. Overview Recognizing the importance of hiring the right people for all positions, the Steel Center developed a hiring process that, even if time-consuming, creates a … Continue reading Collaborative Model for Hiring

Showcasing Your CTE Program

Posted on Categories Communications, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Staff is working to expand the program information it provides to students, parents, and building visitors. Overview To better articulate a wide variety of information specific to each program, Counselor Shannon Hinkle suggested that CTE teachers identify strengths and highlights in the following categories: Postsecondary articulations Postsecondary student spotlights Alumni spotlight Cooperative … Continue reading Showcasing Your CTE Program

Community Day and 5K Tech Run

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At a Glance The addition of a 5K run to its already successful annual Community Day resulted in greater attendance, sponsorship, and scholarship donations at Chester County Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge campus. Overview The annual Saturday Community Day offers residents a close get to know the Chester County Technical High School where attendees … Continue reading Community Day and 5K Tech Run

Student Recognition at Bucks County Technical High School

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At a Glance Each month, nine students receive recognition for outstanding performance in academics, technical programs, and school and community service or support. Overview To be considered for this highly competitive recognition, a teacher’s letter of recommendation is required. Before selecting students, administrators check their discipline and attendance records; nominees may be eliminated for even … Continue reading Student Recognition at Bucks County Technical High School

Using Social Media for Student Recruitment & Retention

Posted on Categories Recruitment and Retention, Technology Integration

At a Glance Chester County Technical College High School-Pennock’s Bridge Campus piloted the use of a “Social Media Blitz Day” to encourage students to use social media responsibly while promoting CTE and the school. Overview Students at Chester County Technical College High School-Pennock’s Bridge Campus (TCHS-PB) were encouraged to share news about their opportunities, accomplishments, and programs … Continue reading Using Social Media for Student Recruitment & Retention

Welding Industry Partnerships

Posted on Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance The welding program at A. Philip Randolph Career And Technical High School has garnered the support of several large area employers. Overview A. Philip Randolph Career And Technical High School is a large urban high school housed in a refurbished manufacturing plant. In 2012, administrators decided to reinstate the welding program, which … Continue reading Welding Industry Partnerships

Recruitment Strategy for Eighth Grade Students

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At a Glance Administrators at Somerset County Technology Center expanded their recruitment efforts to reach eighth grade students.  Overview In 2014-15, Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) launched a new, expanded recruitment effort focused on introducing career technical education (CTE) and the CTE programs available at SCTC to eighth grade students in the local sending districts. … Continue reading Recruitment Strategy for Eighth Grade Students