On Thursday, February 2nd, Lebanon Mayor Matt Gentry proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education(CTE) Month. Mayor Gentry, along with representatives from Lebanon Community School Corporation joined students at Vincennes University and the Gene Haas Training Center, to share the good news.
“We are excited to be here today to name February as Career and Technical Education Month,” said Mayor Gentry. “It is just a great way to recognize what these kids are doing to provide the workforce of the future. That is a big thing that we talk about with employers from a city perspective is, how do we make sure we have the workforce to continue empowering our industry and our businesses to keep supporting our community. Kids are finding a great pathway to find great paying jobs for the future and we are just excited to be a part of it.”
“When you’re working hands-on, you feel like you are really putting all of your emotion into your part,” said Lebanon Senior Kyler Strange. “You are putting yourself into your piece of work that you are doing. It’s been really incredible. I’ve been able to find colleges now that offer what I want to do. I could get a job now, right out of high school if I wanted. It’s really nice.”
“All of the career and education classes are built on the high-wage high-demand areas,” said LCSC Career Engagement Coordinator Kristen Scott. “As a school system we evaluate those and we want to help educate students in those areas so that helps them to be profitable after graduation and the skills that they learn on these manual machines will learn to help them be better equipped to run the CNC machining later on. It is so valuable.”
“I think it’s really good for kids to learn,” said Strange. “They aren’t forcing you to go into college anymore, they are letting you explore the workforce and learn about what you want to do, instead of forcing you into something you don’t want to do.”