Sophomores tour programs at CCCTC

10th graders learn a new trade.

Abby Ryan, Staff Writer

The Clearfield County Career and Technology Center offers annual tours for 5th, 8th, and 10th grade at Moshannon Valley, Philipsburg, Clearfield, Curwensville, and West Branch Schools. This gives the students a chance to explore the trades on three separate occasions to help them make a better decision on whether they should attend during their 11th or 12th grade year. According to Holly Ryan, the director of marketing, recruiting and admissions.

Not all students can learn the same way, some students are better learners doing hands-on trade programs. Trade schools prepare students for a real career immediately upon graduation. Students can also choose to go onto college after graduation. One of the great things about coming to the CCCTC during your high school career is that it costs the student nothing. That way if you decide the trade you chose isn’t what you want to do for your career path, you didn’t spend thousands of dollars going to college to find that out.

In October, tenth grade students from all five sending districts visit CCCTC. The students are evenly grouped with current CCCTC students serving as tour guides. During the tours, instructors lead a brief informational presentation and then involve the students in a hands-on activity. The students rotate through all 15 programs, spending 15 minutes at each program. Typically, these tours last a full school day.