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Career Institute of Technology ‘Cooking Up’ Connections Between STEM Education and Career and Technical Education

11/15/2022

Easton, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. Debora Carrera today visited Career Institute of Technology (CIT) to tour CIT's culinary lab, which features state-of-the-art equipment that integrates STEM into Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum.

"This time of year has many of us thinking about the things we're thankful for and the meals we share with our families and friends throughout the holiday season. Learning about careers in fields like Culinary Arts give students a chance to practice their passions and connect with their communities," said Dr. Carrera. "Through career and technical centers like CIT, students have the opportunity to work with industry professionals in their schools, networking and building connections that will last a lifetime."

Students in the Culinary Arts program at CIT have the opportunity to learn how a commercial kitchen operates, cater school events like breakfasts, luncheons, and banquets, and compete in cooking competitions.

"The Career Institute of Technology was thrilled to welcome Dr. Carrera to visit our school, learn about the 19 programs we currently offer and provide us with an opportunity to express our gratitude for the continued support of Career and Technical Education from the Wolf Administration," said Adrianne Jones, CIT Administrative Director. "We are proud of our students, teachers, school board members, families, community, business and industry partners and stakeholders for continuing to promote the importance of Career and Technical Education while supporting the advancement of CIT with new programs and growth within existing programs."

Career and technical education gives students the opportunity work with industry professionals, network and build connections across the commonwealth, fulfill local workforce needs, and demonstrates how there are multiple pathways to postsecondary success.

"Throughout my career as a both high school principal and superintendent, I have witnessed the value that career and technical schools provide students in preparing them for their future.  Career Institute of Technology offers a dynamic program with dedicated instructors and a mission-driven leadership team," said Mr. Dave Piperato, Easton Area School District Superintendent.

The Career Institute of Technology has 19 programs of study for students to choose from, ranging from Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Early Childhood Education to Automotive Technology, Protective Services, and Masonry.

Occupational, professional, and academic skills are integrated throughout each program at the Career Institute of Technology. Courses are designed to provide students with the skills and confidence they need to learn and succeed. CIT serves high school students from five area school districts, and also provides adult education.

Since 2015, the Wolf Administration has increased education funding by more than $3.7 billion, ensuring the opportunity for Pennsylvanians to succeed with a top-tier education. The 2022-23 budget solidifies Governor Tom Wolf's commitment to education at all levels with a historic $1.8 billion investment increase. This year's $1.8 billion increase includes a $6.1 million increase for Career and Technical Education.

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