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York County School of Technology Hosts Secretary of Education on Schools That Teach Tour


York, PA - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today joined officials and students from the York County School of Technology to tour the facility and see firsthand how the career and technical education (CTE) center is preparing students to be college and career ready.

“There is no one-size-fits-all postsecondary strategy that works for every student, so it is critical for them to be prepared for success on whatever path they take after graduation,” said Secretary Rivera, who was visiting the school as part of Governor Wolf’s Schools That Teach Tour. “Through a combination of challenging academic classes and hands-on learning experiences, career and technical education programs help students develop essential skills they can use in college, in the military or in starting a career in their community.”

During his visit, Secretary Rivera joined school Director Dr. David Thomas as they screened a short video that features students from the school and highlights their programs of study and career pathways. The school offers 25 career programs to students from 14 participating school districts.

It is one of more than 80 other career and technical centers (CTC) in the commonwealth that offer programs approved by the Department of Education.

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 jobs in high demand, so they graduate on a path for success.

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. 

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