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Directors Leadership Academy

Career and Technical Education (CTE) administrative directors from the eastern region of the Commonwealth meet annually at a Temple campus to dialogue about challenges and opportunities in CTE. Dr. Edward S. Lyba has served as the coordinator of this event since 2001.

The 2010 Directors Leadership Academy brought together a variety of participants at the Temple Ambler Campus. The group collaborated in developing the shared vision of a high school technical program articulating with a community college program of studies. This program, sometimes referred to as the Gold Collar Pathway, culminates in an associate degree, often coupled with an industry certificate. A graduate will have attained the new gold standard in preparation for entry into the technically trained workforce of tomorrow.

The Academy gathered career and technical education administrators, school district superintendents and school board members, community college and university representatives, intermediate unit personnel, WIB and Career Link directors, employer groups, and PDE representatives. Intense discussion ensued on how to transform that vision into reality.

In preparation for the event, academy coordinators asked participants to read

The Academy opened with Robert G. Garraty, PhD, Acting Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. He described the changing face of workforce development in Pennsylvania.

Next, Donald W. Snyder, President of Lehigh Carbon Community College, moderated an expert panel. Panel participants included

  • Joseph M. Daley, Superintendent of Valley View School District;  
  • Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board;
  • David Garnes, CTE Advisor in the PDE Bureau of CTE;
  • Thomas Leary, President of Luzerne County Community College;
  • Edward Lyba, EdD, Executive Director of the Greater Hazleton Partners in Education;
  • William Parshall, Executive Director of Temple, Ambler & Center City Campuses;
  • Robert E. Lees, EdD, Director of Berks Career and Technology Center; and
  • Thomas Walker, EdD, Professor and Director of the Temple Center for Professional Development in CTE.

Mr. Snyder prepared the group in advance to discuss the following topics that he felt were seminal to the focus on preparing tomorrow’s workforce for jobs that require skilled labor, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree

  • the administration’s recent endorsement of the National Governors Association recommendation to develop a uniform set of Common Core Standards, along with a national test to determine achievement of the graduation requirements;
  • strategies and policies to prevent the more than 30,000 PA teenagers each year who become high school dropouts, leaving school without the most basic education credential—a diploma;
  • the lack of workforce/career knowledge and experience among K-12 teachers that could help them provide career pathway guidance and information to students; and
  • systems and programs that work to increase the number of students who leave high school ready to succeed in college.

Mr. Snyder suggested a series of web sites that can provide information regarding reports and initiatives that are underway to address the above concerns.

In the final activity participants engaged in regional discussions about unique challenges facing the northeastern, central, and southeastern sub-regions of the seventeen-county eastern region of the Commonwealth served by the Temple Center. All agreed on the importance of continuing the dialogue begun this day to meet the demands of the new and highly skilled technical workforce of tomorrow. See these reports here: