Career Center Staff, Student Receive Proclamation from School Board
February 2011 is being recognized as National Career and Technical Education Month. The Board of Education of Allegany County recently presented Deborah Bittinger, principal at the Career Center; David Smarik, assistant supervisor of career and technology education at the Career Center; and Majesta Werner, senior carpentry student and student council president at the Career Center, with a proclamation in honor of this designation.
According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, the top twenty most rapidly growing occupations in the U.S. require at minimum an associate’s degree, and the largest number of new jobs projected for 2018 will have specific entry-level career and technical education requirements. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that a person holding a CTE-related associate’s degree or credential will earn more than someone without these skills and degrees, and on average, a CTE graduate will earn anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 more annually than an individual without post-secondary education. Furthermore, those graduates with credentials in high-demand career fields such as healthcare, science, and technology can earn nearly $20,000 more annually.
Allegany, Fort Hill, and Mountain Ridge High Schools all offer a CTE completer program, and many successful completers are eligible for college credit articulation through Allegany College of Maryland. Full descriptions of courses available at the Career Center can be found in the school system’s Programs of Study booklet. For more information on the Career Center, contact the school’s main office at 301-729-6486.