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WAHS CTE Program Highlights Reviewed at Occupational Advisory Committee Meeting

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October 17, 2019 | Career & Technical Education

2019 CTE Occupational Advisory Committee

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (OCTOBER 17, 2019) — About 50 industry representatives and educators from those that comprise several Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study at Williamsport Area High School attended the fall occupational advisory committee meeting tonight.

The meeting, held in the high school's E-cafeteria, brings together the district's CTE partners, who help to guide the direction of the program by:

  • providing recommendations to update, modify, expand and improve the quality of the occupational program;
  • support and strengthen the relationship between business, industry, the community and education;
  • make recommendations to strengthen and expand the curriculum, and provide assistance in implementing these regulations;
  • articulate long-term goals and objectives of the CTE program to parents, employers and the community;
  • and assist in identifying needs, determining priorities, and reviewing and evaluating the program. 

Led by CTE Director Matt Fisher (pictured at right), the meeting covered some of the program's 2018-2019 highlights, as well as updates for the current school year.

He highlighted last year’s work, which included expanding the program’s reach so that it had a more K-12 span. Fisher said the goal in broadening its reach by conducting elementary tours, industry tours with teachers, and holding conversations with elementary staff, helps to meet the district’s future ready focus.

Fisher also noted some of the student accomplishments with successes in first-place finishes in SkillsUSA and the 2019 Governor’s STEM Competition; as well as the high-ranking completions made by Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students; and certifications earned by faculty and students alike.

Thanks to a dual enrollment opportunities for students through a partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology, Fisher said 58 students in a number of CTE courses were able to collectively earn 118 college credits, realizing a tuition savings of nearly $66,000.

With the addition of a homeland security program this year, Fisher said CTE has climbed to 15 program offerings, with enrollment currently at 611 students.

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