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Occupational advisory committee highlights CTE program

The fall occupational advisory committee meeting brought together Williamsport Area School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program 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.

About 50 industry representatives and educators came together to support and strengthen the relationship between business, industry, the community and education to make recommendations to strengthen and expand the curriculum, and provide assistance in implementing these regulations.

Led by Career and Technical Education director Matt Fisher, 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 the program 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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