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State Board of Education Approves New Career and Technical Center in Adams County

Harrisburg, PA - Students in five Adams County school districts will have more opportunities to participate in career and technical education (CTE) classes that prepare them for in-demand jobs, following the state Board of Career and Technical Education’s approval today of the Adams Technical Institute. The institute joins more than 80 other career and technical centers (CTC) in the commonwealth that offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the Department of Education.

“The vo-techs of our past are now advanced career and technical centers where students get the education and training for good jobs in high demand, said Governor Wolf. “This new CTC is a great opportunity for students in Adams County to get hands-on training and it will strengthen the workforce, making the region an even more attractive place to do business.”

Through a combination of academic classes and hands-on learning experiences, students enrolled in CTE programs gain academic, employability, technical, and real-world skills - and graduate high school prepared for college, a career, and their community. Thousands of students earn industry credentials or certifications for local jobs in high demand, so they graduate on a path for success.

“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all postsecondary path for every high school student, so it is critical for them to be prepared for success on whatever path they take after graduation - whether they enter the workforce, join the military, or continue their education,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, who serves as the chief executive officer of the board. “Career and technical education programs allow students to develop critical, real-world skills and to train for the jobs that exist in their local communities.”

Adams Technical Institute will serve students in the Bermudian Springs, Conewago Valley, Fairfield Area, Gettysburg Area and Littlestown Area school districts. Students in the districts currently have access to CTE programming through a cooperative agreement with Gettysburg Area School District. Formally establishing the CTC will allow the districts to combine resources and expand programming to meet the needs of students and Adams County employers.

Since 2014-15, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 50.1 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 43.3 percent.

The governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative is investing $70 million over two years to expand science and technology education, apprenticeships and industry partnerships, including $10 million for CTCs. 

The State Board of Education is comprised of the Board of Education and the Board of Career and Technical Education. 

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