Each year, the ICTC opens its doors to all ninth-grade students from every high school in Indiana County to participate in a schoolwide tour.
This year the Technology Center changed the focus of this event from a tour to a schoolwide showcase.
Participation in the ICTC Showcase 2012 provides the students the opportunity to be introduced to the 14 technical program areas: Auto Technology, Carpentry, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Systems Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Technology, Electrical Occupations, Graphics and Electronic Media, Health Occupations Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Machining Technology, Masonry and Welding Technology.
The showcase served two purposes.
First, it provided all participating freshmen an overview of the education provided at the ICTC.
Second, it provided students the opportunity to consider their future career goals.
This year students were welcomed into the ICTC by our DJ spinning tracks on WIFM (What's In It For Me) radio.
A promotional video produced by students in the Digital Media Technology program starring "Manny the Man" (Welding Technology senior Miles Stahl) was shown to the students to get them ready to "tune in" to visit the program areas.
During the showcase, each program area instructor along with their students used many different presentation techniques to share how career and technical education can help interested students get the necessary competitive edge to be successful.
Students in Health Occupations showed ninth-grade students the importance of sanitation and the significance of keeping their hands washed.
They put fake germs on their hands and then used a black light to show them the number of germs remaining.
Cosmetology engaged the students by giving them airbrushed tattoos, colored extensions and showing them theatrical makeup.
Graphics and Electronic Media showed students how they can make customized license plates and how to apply decals. Collision Repair Technology took students into their paint booth, where they displayed customized mailboxes painted by the ICTC students.
As students entered Digital Media Technology (DMT) with instructor Sharon McGinnis, it was like stepping into a movie theater. Students were given a treat of fresh popcorn as they watched a mini movie, created by the DMT students that demonstrated all the aspects of the DMT program.
I had a chance to interview ninth-grader Brad Leasure from Marion Center High School.
I asked Leasure what he liked best about the ICTC Showcase.
"Each program has something intriguing to show," he said, "but I enjoyed Auto Technology and Machining Technology the most because those program areas interest me."
His response when I asked him if he is interested in coming to the ICTC was, "I would like to come because I get to do something that interests me and I can learn new skills to be more prepared for my future."
To learn more about the ICTC Showcase 2012, we invite you to view the short promotional videos made by the DMT students at www.youtube.com/theICTC.
All of the students who participated in the ICTC Showcase this year will be invited, along with their parents/guardians, to attend an open house event hosted at the ICTC on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Students interested in enrolling in a career and technical program will shadow the programs of their choice during January and February 2013.
The ICTC welcomes the opportunity to showcase career and technical education to our community. It is exciting when interested guests "keep tuning in!"