LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Limestone County has proclaimed February Career and Technical Education Month. County Limestone is home to the County Limestone Career Technical Center (CTC), where students in grades 10-12 gain hands-on experience in a variety of subject areas.
In an interview with News 19, program director and CLC director Vince Green said the school offers 21 programs. This includes welding, electrical, pre-engineering, cosmetology, culinary arts, etc.
All programs are part of the work-ready curriculum. This means that in addition to the practical skills students learn, they also participate in mock job interviews and how to be on time for work.
Green said it was important for students to master all aspects before graduation.
“You could be the best welder in the world, but if you don’t do the maintenance right, you won’t even get the chance to show the world what you can do,” Green told News 19.
The Limestone County Commission’s February proclamation is a bit of a tradition for the CTC. County commission chairman Collin Daly said training the future workforce is important to the region’s success.
Daly said, “you know most of the jobs we have in this field are hands-on jobs.”
Daly, himself a graduate of the program, says the Limestone County offering gives students a leg up on their peers.
“Children who leave this program are ahead of other children because they already have work experience. They already know what it’s like to work,” Daly concluded.
This year the Limestone County Quarry Technical Center celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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