Governor Wolf Visits Dauphin County Technical School, Talks Training and Careers with Health Sciences Students

January 05, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured the Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) to experience the hands-on learning offered there and to talk with health sciences students about their educational and career choices.

“Not every student wants or needs to attend a four-year after high school, especially not when our career and technical high schools are offering students real-world learning and experience before they graduate,” Governor Wolf said. “DCTS is preparing students to start excellent careers after high school and giving them a jump-start on their post-secondary academics if they choose that path.”

Dr. Peggy Grimm, Administrative Director of DCTS, led the governor on a tour of the school, which included stops in the construction “arena,” where students participate in hands-on learning of various construction industry skills, including drywall, masonry, carpentry, and electrical work. The tour visited the veterinary assistant program and the health sciences program, where the governor met with several students to learn more about why they chose DCTS and what they plan to do after they graduate.

“Dauphin County Technical School students begin by engaging in the important activity of exploring career pathways,” Dr. Peggy Grimm said. “Our goal is to prepare our students for career and/or post-secondary opportunities after high school. The career and technical Programs of Study incorporate secondary education and post-secondary education elements and include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content. Our students have the opportunity to earn industry credentials, certifications, and college credits while attending high school.”

DCTS offers students options to earn college credits while still in high school, and the governor was joined on the tour by Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D President of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, which works with DCTS on SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready), a PA Department of Education (PDE)-approved, Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that provides credits for skills and tasks learned at the secondary-school (high school) level that can be applied to a post-secondary (college) degree, diploma or certificate program. SOAR students can graduate with up to 12 articulated college credits by the time they graduate from DCTS.

“HACC is actively engaged with career and technical schools in our 11-county service area,” said Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski. “Many students have an opportunity to articulate, on average, nine college credits in designated programs of study to HACC once they become our students, which is a great opportunity for high school students to earn college credits and complete their certificate, diploma and/or degree in possibly less than two years.”

“I was really impressed with the students I met today,” Governor Wolf said. “They are focused and hardworking and I wish them all much success.”

More information on Dauphin County Technical School is available at dcts.org. For more information on HACC and SOAR, visit HACC’s website here.

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