Will change come to Keystone tech center?
By KEVIN MCKEE
MILL HALL — Ken Kryder is the director of Keystone Central’s Career and Technical Center, but that may change in the coming years.
That’s because Kryder has a vision … A vision he hopes will rebrand and expand the CTC – even change its name.
Thursday night saw Kryder reveal those plans to the school board through a powerpoint presentation.
Kryder was accompanied by Dr. Mike Curley, a veteran career and technology education educator in Pennsylvania. Dr. Curley was director of the Lancaster CTC for 30 years prior to his retirement.
Their presentation, reproduced in full below, reviewed the current conditions at Keystone and pointed out potential areas of concern. They listed those concerns as stagnation, funding threats and evolving community needs.
But it also highlighted some of Keystone’s strengths in this area, such as being one of the first Career Pathways schools in Pennsylvania.
Career Pathways is a set of programs that seek to provide workforce development and training to students, and is something which has seen a “complete emphasis by the state,” according to Dr. Curley, with “many schools … trying to adopt what you have here already.”
Kryder and Dr. Curley went so far as to suggest a name change: Center for Career, Technical and STEM Education.
Here is the text of the presentation by Kryder and Dr. Curley, as presented to the board:
KCSD Career and Technology Center needs to examine all programs and services at KSCD, the CTC has developed this concept presentation to begin a process to re-envision the CTC to address the 21st century needs of our community and student body.
Solid Foundation for Career and Technical Education
r First Career Pathways School – KCSD was one of the first Career Pathways High School built in PA. Currently, numerous schools across PA and the country are moving to Pathways as a school reform strategy to prepare students for college and careers in the 21st century.
r Outstanding Facilities- The laboratories and facilitates are in excellence condition and can be utilized to address community needs.
r Career Pathways and Future Ready Index – PA’s new Future Ready Index is placing value and significant emphasis on college and career preparation, industry certification/credentials and career planning.
r Dual Enrollment – Students at KCSD are taking advantage of PCNOW and other articulation agreements to advance their career goals and receive advance placement in college programs.
r Single- Period Electives – Offering of single period electives enhance the opportunities for students to explore careers and take advantage of CTE programming.
r Foundation- is an asset that can be used as a conduit for industry support of the CTE program and advertising throughout the community.
Areas for Concern
r No Significant Changes- CTE at KCSD has seen no significant changes in the system since it was redesigned with the new buildings.
r Funding- The lack of funding threatens the quality of CTE programming
r Loss of CTE Programming- CTE programs have been dropped and no new programs have been added to address the needs of area businesses and industries or to address changes in student interests/needs.
r Lack of Technical Training Opportunities in the County- the County lacks post-secondary opportunities for technical training for recent graduates, unemployed and the underemployed.
r KCSD has an opportunity to reposition the Career and Technology Director to develop new innovative secondary and adult programs that generate revenue to support salaries and to fully use the resources and CTE facilities and labs.
r KCSD can utilize the CTE Office to implement new Alternative Education, STEAM and Continuing Education courses and programs.
r KCSD can use the CTE Office to assist in the development and implementation of the Career Education and Work Standards across the curriculum.
KCSD should research the needs of secondary students, adults and industry through DOL, surveys, WIB reports, the Economic Development Agency to identify needs, CTE programming and to establish adult training opportunities
r The CTC can develop opportunities to support training for recent graduates, the unemployed workers and underemployed and the up skilling needs of local industry.
r The CTC can partner with area CTCs, community colleges and universities in the development of technical training that addresses area businesses and industries.
r New adult programming can generate revenue while supporting the technical training needs of the region.
r Potential pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program development and pre-employment program for area industries and current secondary and underemployed/unemployed.
r Work collectively with KCSD Administration, School Board and Industry Partners to create, develop and cultivate a vision for Keystone Central CTC that provides 21st century educational and career opportunities for all stakeholders
r Establish Industry Task Force to expand CTE opportunities to address business/industry needs and to create mutually beneficial programs and services in support of the local economy and workforce
r Identify training needs of area industries and student interest in an effort to realign current programming and to add new, innovative programming that addresses needs of the local economy
r Develop continuing education programming to support the continued technical training of recent graduates, the retraining of unemployed/underemployed and the training needs of incumbent workers
r To provide educational programming and career opportunities for all stakeholders
r To generate revenue to support CTE funding and programming
r To utilize CTE to support the implementation of the Career Education and Work Standards and student career portfolios
r To expand CTE to support alternative education and alternate programming that addresses the special needs of our students
r To rebrand CTE in Clinton County (Keystone Central Center for Career, Technical and STEM Education)
Potential Revenue Generating Activities
CTCs across PA have initiated a number of programs that generate revenue to support CTE.
These can include:
r Adult Evening Part Time Training Courses
r Adult Evening Full Time Training Programs
r Daytime Workshops/Seminars
r Daytime Full Time Adult Training
r Customized Industry Training
r Contracted/Out Sourced Training (Building use fees, etc.)
r Degree Granting Institution
Potential Timeline for 2018-2019
r Survey – Survey Student/Industry Needs
r Data collection to determine needs/review DOL information
r Interview top ten employers and identify training needs
r Review Department of Labor projections to identify jobs of the future
r Work with the WIB to develop programs that address the needs of the unemployed and underemployed residents
r Produce a report that validates current offerings and identifies future needs and programming
r Identify three-year plan to create, revise, enhance or replace CTE programs
Develop Adult Programming
r Adult Evening Part-Time (Goal – $5,000 revenue over expenses)
r State Inspection – 3 sections
r Ten Evening Classes – State Emissions, Small Engine Repair, Welding, Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Medical Billing, Medical Assistant ServSafe Food Handlers course, ServSafe Refresher, CNA
r Adult Full Time Cosmetology (Goal – $20,000 revenue over expenses) – Implement Cosmetology Teacher License Program
Other Issues and Considerations
r CTE Director will need to focus on creating adult programming and generate revenue; current job duties reorganized to reflect need to be out of building, to work evenings, etc.
r Public Relations/Marketing – Marketing support will be needed to support adult programming, revenue covers portion of salary
r Funding raising, partnerships, EITC, etc.
r Policies, Clearances (Adults in high school building), Business office (Collecting tuition, wages, payroll, etc.)
r Need for assistance through Pell grants, WIB, DCED, student loans, etc.
r Develop business education pathway as an approved program; host Penn Highlands CC business management associate degree, rent rooms, etc.
r Financial Issues – Adversity can sometimes create opportunities
r Clinton County lacks adult and post-secondary technical training opportunities
r Strengths – Facilities, staff and current industry partners
r Commitment – Board commitment to use facilities and resources to support the community, area businesses and residents of Clinton County
r Outside the box thinking – lets generate income that supports community needs while maintaining the quality of secondary education
r Opportunity – imagine a vibrant, high school and adult training center
Following the presentation, school board members had the chance to weigh in and ask questions.
Roger Elling was the first board member to speak, seeking clarification on the revenue goals laid out for the upcoming year — revenue goals which, according to Kryder, are “very possible if we get the program rolling.”
One of those revenue goals pertains to the possibility of an adult, full-time cosmetology class, which Kryder outlined s having the potential to put $20,000 into the general fund budget at the end of the year, after expenses.
Cosmetology is of particular interest to Kryder, “as a lot of cosmetology centers statewide have closed, but we have the facility for it which largely sits empty.”
Kryder also mentioned the Commercial Driver’s License partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, which would go on to be approved later that night by the board.
“CPI is paying for their own instructor, using their own equipment, etc.,” Kryder said. “We’re just letting them use the building.”
According to Kryder, this is a money-making partnership for both parties.
“For every student, CPI is willing to give us $500,” he said. With 20 students, the district will generate $10,000 in revenue.
CPI also stands to gain out of the agreement, as “they see us as easier to get to [than Bellefonte],” Kryder stated.
“We have people that need training and a facility to train them in,” he continued.
Bo Miller was the next board member with a question, asking Kryder if he had spoken with Lock Haven University’s Workforce Development department.
“I think that there’s an opportunity to be complimentary rather than competitive,” Miller said.
“I haven’t spoken to them directly yet,” Kryder replied, “but any partnership that we could generate is beneficial.”
Kryder emphasized the importance of “working together for the betterment of the community and not competing with other Clinton County businesses,” saying that Keystone Central is “Just one school district within a county wide system – we need to provide as many benefits as we possibly can for both community and students.”