BY MARY GARRISON
West Point School District takes preparing students for future careers in vocational studies seriously, and the Career and Technology Center is doing its part to foster that growth.
Vocational Director Patrick Ray, now in his third year at the CTC, said student achievement is paramount for CTC staff, and the various programs offered have proven successful. So much so that the CTC was the recipient of the 2013 Mississippi Construction Education Foundation/Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Center of Excellence Award.
"They only give out one of these awards per year," Ray said. "We're very proud."
To obtain the MCEF/MABC award, schools must meet certain standards in curriculum, safety, industry relations and facilities . According to the MABC website, among those standards are stipulations that training plans include OSHA training applicable to commercial construction, programs provide leadership skills development through career and technical trainee organizations (such as SkillsUSA), leadership skills activities are integrated into the curriculum, construction programs have an advisory committee that includes members from the industry and materials used in performance testing is available and meets current standards.
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