Sussex Tech wound up Career and Technical Education Month with a visit from State Board of Education member Andrew Mulvihill on February 29.
As President of Crystal Springs Resort and Crystal Springs Builders here in Sussex County, Mr. Mulvihill quickly grasped the importance of career and technical education programs for both students and local employers.
After sitting down with Sussex Tech administrators and board members to talk about our school and current issues including teacher evaluation and tenure reform, Mr. Mulvihill toured several career programs.
Sussex Tech has about 700 students, most of them enrolled on a full-time basis. We offer more than 20 career programs, including Allied Health, Business Management, Information Technology, Law and Public Safety, and various building trades. With limited time, we had the chance to show Mr. Mulvihill four very different programs.
He met teacher Chris Land in the Engineering Lab, and learned a bit about how the experience of designing and building a human-powered submarine engages our students and takes physics concepts from theory to reality.
Next, Mr. Mulvihill visited our graphic arts students who were hard at work in their design studio. He stopped in to chat with carpentry teacher Howard Drake, who has sent a number of graduates to work at Crystal Springs properties.
And we rounded out the tour with a visit to the baking shop, where he met senior Elena Melekos, a culinary arts student who was recently elected National Region I Vice President for Skills USA. Elena talked about the value of career and technical student organization and demonstrated the communications and leadership skills that are the Skills USA hallmark.
With a platter of student-baked pastries to share with his staff, Mr. Mulvihill left Sussex Tech a bit more knowledgeable about career and technical education and the great opportunities available to students at county vocational-technical schools. Our students and staff greatly appreciated his time and interest.