PARKERSBOURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Jason Hughes is the new director of Wood County Technical Center and Caperton Center.
Both hands on programs have lost students during the pandemic.
Hughes is working on new plans to bring more people back to the facilities.
“Traditionally, these programs were kind of restricted to juniors and seniors only,” says Hughes. “And most of our programs or teachers want to extend that to sophomores and even freshmen.”
Extending to students throughout high school isn’t the only area Hughes is looking to get kids involved in CTE.
He works on Wood County High School Relations.
“One of the first things I did was reach out to principals in my new role and start building those relationships by working together for the good of CTE in our students,” says Hughes.
And get college and even primary school students interested in these programs.
“There is great support from both of our state department of education. And the US Department of Ed. To get more CTEs in the lower grades,” says Hughes. “Understanding that this is where they are going to be excited and wanting to be able to learn more and wanting to take the more advanced programs that they take in high school.”
Hughes says he wants students to learn the value of what these programs can provide.
From fire and emergency management and electrical programs at Caperton Center to collision repair, restaurant management and the new pre-cosmetology program offered at Wood County Technical Center.
“We want them to be prepared,” says Hughes. “Not only for the career, but also for the university if it is their choice.”
The centers will partner with West Virginia University at Parkersburg in this effort.
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