Career technical education celebrated

To the editor:

The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School opened its doors in 1975 and has been serving students ever since, with a number of success stories. A career and technical education is a great approach that provides a viable shared service for the students and residents of Jefferson County and surrounding schools. Since the beginning, students have received hands-on learning with academic classes that prepare them for graduation and for college.

The variety of programs offered has been adjusted with the times and needs of business and local industry. There are many programs that have withstood the test of time. This is a very effective approach that has provided for students from Steubenville, Indian Creek, Toronto, Buckeye Local, Edison Local and Catholic Central. What a great benefit to the community, as many of these graduates live and work right here in the Ohio Valley. A shared approach permits students to play sports and participate in band and clubs at their local school, while providing a quality education through the JVS. This approach highlights quality programs that in today’s economy help students to focus on even greater success.

The experiences prepare them for life, with finding a job and learning what employers expect from them in an educational environment. During Career and Technical Education Month, it is great to recognize the dedication of an experienced staff who have worked in the career field of study that the students plan to pursue. The advisory committees provide valuable information that helps to improve the programs. These business advisory committees have experience and knowledge offering practical advice on improving the programs. Advisory members suggest job opportunities for students that happen during the school day or after school.

During the month, stop out to the school that serves all of Jefferson County with many services which help students to learn. Students in auto-collision repair damaged cars and perform alignments to cars in auto-service technology. They weld jobs for local clients on trailers by AWS-trained welding students. They serve meals in culinary arts and repair lamps in electrical trades and repair small engines in power mechanics. They repair tables in carpentry class, complete design work in multimedia and design for marketing layouts and repair computers in networking lab. You might have your hair permed in cosmetology, preschoolers are worked with in early childhood education, blood pressures are recorded by health technology at Heartland and we have a driving simulator in criminal justice and offer a chance to fingerprint your child for your records.

The transition to work program provides hands-on training to students at local places of business. It’s a win for local residents with a shared service approach to providing high-quality training that prepares students for work and college. During CTE Month, the JVS says thank you.

Todd Phillipson


Jefferson County JVS