Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded 12 Pennsylvania schools for their demonstrated excellence in career and technical education (CTE), and congratulated them on earning a Career and Technical Education Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
“My administration is focused on ensuring that students graduate from high school with the skills they need to get a good job, and career and technical education provides critical hands-on experience to prepare our young people,” said Governor Wolf. “Not every student wants to go to college, but there are many job openings in Pennsylvania that require training and skills, and career and technical education is helping to close that skills gap.”
To qualify for a CTE Excellence Award, 75 percent of students at a school must score advanced on an end-of-program technical assessment. Advanced level achievement scores reflect the student’s ability to comprehend technical skills and the ability required to successfully perform the duties of an entry level job in a safe and effective manner.
The 2018 recipients of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Career and Technical Excellence Awards are:
- Admiral Peary AVTS
- Altoona Area High School
- Berks CTC – East Campus
- Carbon Career & Technical Institute
- Delaware County Technical High School – Aston
- Franklin LC
- Indiana County Technology Center
- Mercer County Career Center
- Mount Union Area Senior High School
- Science Leadership Academy
- Tyrone Area High School
- Williamsport Area Senior High School
Pennsylvania has more than 16,000 approved career and technical education programs, and over the past three years the number of CTE students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 32.2 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has increased by 28.4 percent.
“In today’s job market, it is more critical than ever that students leave high school with strong academic and technical skills that prepare them for college-level studies or meaningful careers,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “I applaud these schools for creating the conditions for success, and helping today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders in a competitive Pennsylvania economy.”