While learning the craft, students at the Schuylkill County Technology Center can also show off their creativity.
STC students Anthony Gaughan and Noah Morgan, both enrolled in the South Campus Computer Information Systems program, showcased their “Pizza Box Computer” at the STC Open House event held on 21 September 2022.
Open house events are an opportunity for prospective students, current students, parents, industry partners, and post-secondary college partners to come together to experience all that career and technical education has to offer. The theme for this year’s event was “Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century”, to highlight the fact that today’s STC is very different from the “Vo-Tech of your grandparents’ era”. said director Shannon Brennan. Six hundred and sixty-nine visitors attended the open day.
In addition to the Pizza Box computer, visitors sampled food prepared by culinary students, witnessed the new PLC trainer in the electromechanical technology program, the digital anatomy table used in the emerging health program, the HAAS CNC in the precision machining program and the Plasma Cutter in the welding program; all items purchased under technical equipment grant programs facilitated by the Bureau of Career and Technical Education.
Industry partners also participated in this bi-annual event to demonstrate their support for career and technical education. “They’re on hand to talk to parents and prospective students about the long-term career opportunities that exist for STC graduates,” said principal, Shannon Brennan. Representatives from BAC Local (Masonry Union), Auto Zone, Sands Ford, Hexcel, St. Luke’s Geisinger Hospital and Bowers Home Carpenter, to name a few.
Spring Open House is scheduled for March 1, 2023.
Pictured: (left to right)
Anthony Gaughan (Wilburton) and Noah Morgan (Pottsville), creators of the “Pizza Box Computer”
The Schuylkill Technology Center currently offers courses for adults.