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Vo-Tech Looks to Attract Students with Open House

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Nov. 4, 2019—Students and parents interested in learning more about courses and programs at the Career & Technology Center in New Kensington, Pa., can do so during an annual open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, reports triblive.com.

Current students will have projects on display for parents and the community to see, Jill Awes, the school’s business-industry liaison said to triblive.com. Representatives of companies and colleges will attend.

Kiski Area students attend for a full day every other day, while other students attend for a half day in the morning or afternoon.

Students in eighth and ninth grades interested in enrolling for the 2020-21 school year are invited to learn about the school’s dozen programs—auto collision repair, auto mechanics, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, construction trades, health occupations, heating and air conditioning, machine tool, multimedia, computer networking and welding, reports triblive.com.

Welding is the school’s most popular program, followed by carpentry and automotive, Awes said to the publication.

Students can participate in a cooperative education program where, instead of being at the vo-tech, they work for a company and get paid along with learning. Participating students are usually 16 and older, and generally seniors who are 17 or 18, Awes said.

“We’re training you in a trade, in a skill. Every program offers certification that makes them more marketable,” Awes said to triblive.com. “The kids are making tons of money for their age. They’re marketable, and the jobs are there—especially in welding and anything manufacturing.”

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