Tech center graduates have plans for future Most look forward to job or school

June 11, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Definite plans for school or a job await nearly all 235 students who got their certificates from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center yesterday.

The ceremony honored seniors, juniors and 11 adults who completed programs ranging from machine technology to child care.

As with previous classes at the center, this one has a low rate of unemployment.

Only 6 percent of yesterday's graduates are neither employed nor seeking higher education, but most of those are still working with job-placement director Gene Dolly, said Catherine Engel, the center's principal.

"We think this is one of the exemplary programs in the county," county school Superintendent R. Edward Shilling told the students. "You've got an edge on entering the world of work and the world of college."

Mr. Shilling said the vo-tech center represents the kind of outcome-based education that he and school board members support throughout the school system, because the students there have to demonstrate what they learned.

"You have to put it on the line," he said. "You have to solve real problems and demonstrate real skills."

Julie Ensor, of Westminster, who completed a nursing program at the center, said she will be able to work as a practical nurse while she pursues a bachelor's degree in nursing at Villa Julie College.

"The school looks at a person's qualities and enhances them to make them stronger," she said of the technology center.

Julie, who is president of the school's chapter of Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America, gave a speech at the ceremony.

Mrs. Engel said the class has performed numerous community services, such as manufacturing parts in machine technology and repairing more than 500 cars.

Two new programs at the school are emergency services technology and child care.

Some 20 students completed the emergency course. Most serve with volunteer fire companies throughout the area.

Some 30 students completed the child care course, which prepares them to take positions at licensed day care centers.

The seniors and juniors are students at the five county high schools who attend half-day programs at the technology center for one to three years.

The adults take courses there through an arrangement with Carroll Community College.

Board of Education members and County Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy also attended the ceremony.

The technology center's choral group performed at the opening and closing.

A pinning and capping ceremony for 12 students who completed the licensed practical nursing program was scheduled last night.

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