Students who begin career and technical training while they’re still in high school need additional support to develop leadership and other transferrable skills that are key to advancing or taking on supervisory roles in their chosen fields.
Leadership in Career & Technical Education (LCTE) provides that support for students in Allegheny County’s four career and technology centers (CTCs)–A.W Beattie Career Center, Forbes Road Career & Technology Center, Parkway West Career & Technology Center and Steel Center for Career & Technical Education.
A collaboration of the CTCs, the Consortium, the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Leadership Pittsburgh, the program brings juniors and seniors from all four schools together for learning sessions that focus on leadership and other soft skills.
The sessions also afford students opportunities to network with people in their fields.
Back on their own campuses, student teams design, execute and document community projects so that they can apply and practice the skills they’re learning. Consortium staffers work with students to review and reflect on their individual project portfolios. Students continuing in the program the following year also can train to become peer mentors to newcomers.
Together Allegheny County’s CTCs serve students from 42 school districts with curricula that enable students to train for specific careers before finishing high school.
Open to students from AW Beattie Career Center, Forbes Road Career & Technology Center, Parkway West Career & Technology Center and Steel Center for Career & Technical Education