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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
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
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: