Career Tech in Ohio – Stigmas of Career Tech Education (CTE)

– In the past, people
maybe thought that the students that came
to career tech schools were bad or problems and that
is totally not the truth. Our kids here do
well academically, they do well learning
their skills. – I think the number one stigma
that we do hear is college. They think that people
that come to PENTA are not gonna go to college, and that’s so far
from the truth. We have articulation with
so many different colleges, our academics have college
credit built into them, this is not the end point,
this is the starting point. – People focus mostly on,
the bad kids go there, the kids that are never
going to college go there, I don’t want my kid who
is smart to go there, and they overlook the fact
that most of those students are there because
they wanna be there, they’re good students,
they’re honor students, they’re ones that
are making an impact in their community
and in their field before they even get there without even realizing
it sometimes. – [Chelsey Grow]
Basically it feels like it’s my first year
of college here. It feels like I’m
learning things that I’m gonna end up learning
there and I already know. – I think people
need to understand there’s a different
route through education. I got straight A’s, I
was on the honor role, but I was honestly looking
for something different, I plan on going to college too, but I’m just taking
a different path. – I didn’t come here
because I’m not smart, I wanted the gateway. I know where I’m heading and
I know I’m gonna get there cause I know I’ve got the
skill set I need to get there. – Some of those perceptions
that are out there that, well those are the kids that
can’t handle the academics, you’re not a college prep kid,
you’re a hands-on learner, and when the hands are engaged,
the brain is also engaged. I want that auto mechanic that’s
doing the breaks on my car to have been the
best hands-on learner to make sure that
my car stops safely and appropriately when
I apply the breaks. – I would say working hands-on definitely enhances
the education cause I’m able to come
in and I’m not just, oh read a book and this
is what you’re doing, I’m actually there
running the machine and learning how it works,
I’m learning how to fix it, how to repair it,
which all lead to you being a good
employee for someone. – [Yarin Mercer] We
want to be right there, we want to be in the field
and in an internship. – I think people
are coming around to realize the value of
having hands-on skills in addition to the
academic skills. – Eventually, at some point you have to think
about your future, if you can get an advantage,
and start that life before the end of high school then you should jump on
that and get into it. – There is no lack
of achievement either academically
or skill-based, that you’re getting
at a career center that you won’t get at
a regular high school, in fact you’re adding the
skill set to your academics, when you choose career
technical education.

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