The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 5, 2014

Career Tech Center to host open house, SkillsUSA contest

By Kim West

— New ideas and a fresh tagline for the Limestone County Career Technical Center covered a whiteboard at the county school system’s central office after a recent brainstorming session.

“Where students go pro with learning that works” is the new theme for the center, which plans to add five courses of study to the 15 programs currently offered at Career Tech as soon as curriculum details can be worked out.

The center is renewing a past tradition by hosting an open house for prospective students, parents and the public from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the school’s annual Skills USA contest from 8-11 a.m.

Student guides will lead tours and staff members will be available to answer questions about available courses and student organizations. Light refreshments will also be served.

Brian Terry, a design-drafting instructor at the center, said the open house allows visitors to find out more about student activities, “outstanding programs” and “exciting things are students are learning.”

“Future students of the Career Technical Center need to get ready to experience an entirely different way of learning,” Terry said via email on Tuesday. “(The center) takes project-based learning to a whole new level.”

He said students are provided practical experience and knowledge that can be applied directly to college or their chosen career path.

Terry emphasized “we are not the vocational or trade school of years past. Due to technology and the (fast) pace of the world’s industries, there have been many changes to career technical education.”

He described the center, which opened in 1971, as “the hub” for the county and city school system’s high school students, adding the updated curriculum gives students more ways to learn.

“Our campus (has) a College and Career Ready curriculum that is expanding students’ opportunities way beyond the classroom,” Terry said.

The school is located at 505 East Sanderfer Road in Athens. For more information, call 256-233-6463.