ECTC director Ronnie McFarling said it was another excellent turnout for Eden in the Eve — Open House.
“It is always a challenge to get high school students and their parents to attend events at Eden Career Tech due to the distance, but I was very pleased with the number of parents and students we had here tonight,” McFarling said.
McFarling calls ECTC a hidden gem, and wants citizens to know, “we really are more than just ‘the trade school.’”
“We are constantly trying to market and publicize to parents and students our Career and Technical Education programs,” McFarling said. “They produce strong educational returns, strengthening student engagement in school, achievement in academics and technical skills, and transitions from high school to postsecondary education and from education to careers.”
McFarling feels they are making progress changing some of the misconceptions about CTE.
“A lot of people still think CTE is only for a certain group of students,” he said. “Many people still believe that CTE is only beneficial for students that are academically challenged and are not college-bound. It appears as though this battle will continue as long as parents, educators and administrators are misinformed about the potential long-term benefits that CTE offers our students.
“The only way to change this perception is to spread the word about what 21st Century CTE is, and the opportunities it can provide for students. That is what we are trying to do with events like tonight.”