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VALLEY LIFE

Education

28 2020 VALLEY LIFE

Also on the rise are work-based learning
opportunities at area businesses and institutions.
It was Western Virginia Water Authority who first
approached Roanoke County about starting a
high school apprenticeship in 2017. In 2019, the
third class of high school students began their
training at the Water Authority, bringing the total
number of apprentices that have participated in
the program to 15.
Twenty-three students currently take part
in Roanoke County's Student Registered
Apprenticeship program, working for 10 companies,
including mechanical and electrical contracting
firm G.J. Hopkins, Canatal Steel USA, Integer
(making medical devices), security company
Medeco and marketing firm Minuteman Press.
"The apprenticeship program is one of the
more rewarding things I've ever done," says
Roanoke County's Director of Career and Technical
Education Jason Suhr. "I feel like I'm working on
some of the grand problems facing us as a society
- trying to fill workforce needs, keeping people
out of collegiate debt, helping students find their
passion."
Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech Carilion School of
Medicine and Radford University Carilion offer
thousands of opportunities for hands-on learning,
from outreach programs for elementary students

Botetourt Technical
Education Center

COURTESY OF BOTETOURT TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER

There's a new appreciation, too, for classes in
such fields as medical technician, welding, culinary
arts and the automotive industry, where goodpaying, skilled jobs are available to students not
interested in accruing college debt.
"We are preparing students for the real world,"
says Kathleen Duncan, principal at Roanoke City's
Roanoke Technical Education Center. "It used to
be you had to go to college and try things on to
see if you liked your major. Now that opportunity
is available at the high school level."
School systems across the Roanoke Valley
- from Franklin County's Career & Technology
Center to the Botetourt Technical Education
Center, from Roanoke City's ROTEC and Roanoke
County's Burton Center - offer more, and more
varied, technical education classes than ever.
Many Virginia Western classes are available to high
schoolers through Dual Enrollment programs, as
well.
Virginia Western - the bulk of whose offerings
focus on workplace- and skills-based education -
is experiencing an expansion of its own with the
opening of a $30 million STEM building and the
launching of a new agriculture associates degree in
2019, as well as a $6 million renovation and tripling
of teaching kitchens on its culinary arts campus
in 2018.



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