School Improvement Plan:
Click here to see the Carroll County Career & Technology School Improvement Plan.
At the CCCTC Students Do Not Have to Wait Until They Graduate to...
1. Earn college credits in most programs at the CCCTC. Students can earn from 3 to 16+ college while still in high school.
2. Acquire Certification(s) in your career field. Students can leave high school with certifications that some students may take a year or more to get AFTER they graduate.
3. Learn from instructors with experience in what they teach. BEFORE they stated teaching, our instructors averaged over 20 years experience in fields such as welding, nursing, carpentry, networking, criminal justice, cosmetology, auto service, and construction.
4. Attend certified programs that have oversight from local businesses. Project Lead the way, the National Center for Construction Education Research, Auto Service Excellence, CISCO, the National Institute for Metal Working Skills, the Maryland State Board of Nursing and Cosmetology, the American Culinary Federation and more.....certify that our programs meet their standards. In addition to our programs being certified, local businesses supervise our programs to make sure we are teaching trends, skills, and technology that will make our students competitive in today's job market.
5. Earn work experience in a career field. What is more valuable than work experience when you are applying for a job?
Learn a little more about the Carroll County Career and Tech……
The Carroll County Career and Technology Center opened as the Carroll County Vo-Tech back in September of 1971 due to the need in the county to train students for a vocation. Many of the traditional programs were available such as Carpentry, Automotive Mechanics, Cosmetology, Floral Design, and Data Processing. The programs were scheduled so that juniors in the program came from their home high school in the morning for half a day and seniors came in the afternoon. The student population was around 200 students. In 1987 Diesel, Welding and HVAC were added to the program options when the center was expanded.
In 1992 the name was changed to The Carroll County Career and Technology Center an application process was put in place. Students needed to meet minimum standards to attend the programs. Most students started their program in the spring of their junior year and finished in the fall of their senior year. The number of programs started to expand and programs such as Engineering, Biomedical Science, Cisco Networking Academy, and Criminal Justice were added to the program offerings. CCCTC started to advertise at the home schools making students aware of the courses available. Some might remember ‘The CCCTC Bus’ which would make its rounds to middle schools with videos and information.
Soon the building that seemed well suited for the original programs and 200 students was busting at the seams with over 850 students, 23 programs, and 8 portable classrooms. Students and parents discovered the value of getting career skills and experience BEFORE students applied for a job or spent thousands for a college degree. Our students are college and career ready when they graduate.
Students must apply to be here. Because of this process students soon find themselves in a class with students from around the county interested in the same career as they are AND with an instructor who previously worked in that field. Second, they are not just reading about or researching on the internet a career, the students are working with industry standard equipment. The CNC’s in Machine Tech rival what you would find in most machine shops (in fact we have made parts for the NASA space station). Nursing candidates are working with patients at local facilities within 2 months. Engineering students report back from college that they are being hired as lab assistants because they know how to run top-end rapid-prototype machines. Our auto tech students hoist cars and learn how to run the state-of –the-art LED tire alignment system. Where else can a student do this during high school? A year here is like a year of work experience!
Present programs also add value to the classes by offering the opportunity to earn college credits. On average students can earn 4 college credits from their program. Rochester Institute of Technology, Carroll Community College, Stevenson, Pennsylvania College of Technology, UMBC, and University of Northwestern Ohio are just a few of the schools we partner with. Our programs are also certified by agencies such as the Maryland Board of Cosmetology, the American Culinary Federation, Print ED, and the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. These agencies along with local business partners oversee our programs to make sure they are current in their instruction and equipment. Students earn certifications in most programs giving them the opportunity to enter the work force or continue their education a step ahead of the competition.
Over and over our students have proved that in this job market a student needs to be college and CAREER ready if they want to be successful. Come to an open house, ask someone who has come to the CCCTC, or check out our website to learn more about the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.