Recognizing Career and Technical Education Month
Delaware County Council recognized February as Career and Technical Education Month highlighting the county’s technical education programs and its teachers, staff and students. Councilman Dave White commended instructors for being recognized by their colleagues as Classroom Innovators and awarded certificates to four students who were named by their peers as Classroom Innovators.
First Row Front from left: Sindy Palma 11th grade student from Radnor High School, Dakota Alexander 12th grade ay Strath Haven High School, Councilman Dave White, Jalen Grayson 12th grade student from Upper Darby High School, and Jordan Small 12th grade student from Academy Park. Second Row from left: Councilman Mike Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., and Councilman John McBlain.
Trades and tech programs build
valued skills and careers
Today Council recognized February as Career and Education Month. Delaware County Councilman Dave White, who is a Delaware County Vocational Technical School graduate, recognized several Delaware County students who were recognized by their peers for pursuing an education and career in the trades of computer design, building trades, culinary arts and cosmetology. At the meeting, County Council also highlighted the Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s technical education programs, its teachers, staff and students.
“In Delaware County, we are privileged to have excellent technical education programs which train and guide students,” said Councilman White. “The programs provide a quality education in the emerging technical fields which benefit students as well as the county’s entire workforce and economy.”
Councilman White commended the following Delaware County Technical High School instructors who were named Classroom Innovators by their peers: Monica Millio, Health Sciences instructor, Diann Stoume, Health Sciences instructor, Barbara McGinnis, Cosmetology instructor and Student Council Advisor and Joe Fick, Building Trades instructor.
Councilman White also awarded certificates to four students who were named by their peers as Classroom Innovators. Councilman White, a 1979 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and Delaware County Vocational Technical School, commended the students and shared his personal success story about his vocational education.
“I commend all of you for your dedication and I know you’ll all be very successful,” Councilman White told the students. “The education and training you are receiving will give you the edge you need to get quality jobs in a field that you’re passionate about. I am a proud Vo-Tech graduate and the education I received there helped me to start my own business and then led me to role as a Ridley Township Commissioner and then to Delaware County Council. It is because of Vo-Tech education that I am sitting up here with these fine individuals.”
Sindy Palma, an 11th grade student at Radnor High School, is pursuing a career in Health Sciences. She led the Pledge of Allegiance at the meeting and
Students recognized included Sindy Palma, Dakota Alexander, a senior at Strath Haven High School pursing studies in Apple Systems & Design; Jalen Grayson a senior at Upper Darby High School studying Advertising Design & Commercial Arts; and Jordan Small a senior at Academy Park, who is pursuing a career in Cosmetology.
Delaware County Technical High Schools have two main locations, in Aston and Folcroft, and they also hold programs at the Delaware County Emergency Training Center, the Marple Education Center and four partnering hospitals. Some of the fields in which they train include carpentry, electrical technology, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), culinary arts, cosmetology, dental technology, automotive technology, health occupations and commercial arts. Following the meeting, attendees enjoyed pastries baked by students from the Culinary Arts School in Aston.