Corry Area School District's Career and Technical Education Center is one of eight schools in Pennsylvania that will be recognized with an excellence award at a symposium in Hershey this evening.

Corry and the other seven schools received a Career and Technical Education Excellence Award because 75% or more of their students scored advanced on the end-of-program technical assessment, according to Eric Levis, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

"It is quite an honor to be recognized at the state level for student performance," said Sheri Yetzer, superintendent of Corry Area School District. "I am proud of the teachers for equipping our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform at the advanced level."

To qualify for a CTE Excellence Award, schools must have more than 10 complete test takers. The end-of-year technical assessment includes a written exam online as well as performance and hands-on testing.

Levis said scoring an advanced level reflects that the student has learned the technical skills, knowledge and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of an entry-level job, in a safe and effective manner with minimal supervision.

"I am also very proud of our students for their standout performance," Yetzer said. "It's a significant accomplishment."

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will recognize the eight schools with the awards during the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Administrators' February Pathways to Career Readiness Symposium at the Hersey Lodge and Convention Center.

Corry joins seven other schools this year to receive a CTE Excellence Award, which is now in its fifth year. The other schools are: Berks CTC-East Campus, Delaware Valley HS, Indiana County Technology Center, Lancaster County CTC-Brownstown Campus, Northern Bedford Co MS/SHS, State College Area HS and Wallenpaupack Area HS.

Yetzer plans on traveling to Hershey today to accept the award on the school district's behalf, but her trip is dependent on the weather. If a representative from Corry is unable to make it to the symposium, then the award will be mailed to the school.

During a regular meeting of the Corry Area School Board on Monday, Yetzer read an email from the Pennsylvania Department of Education Director Lee Burket notifying the school district that it was a recipient of a CTE Excellence Award.

"I was elated to receive that email because I see the work that's put in on part of the teachers and the students," Yetzer said. "The teachers are the ones delivering the lessons and the students are ultimately learning from them and are able to demonstrate that proficiency on the end-of-program exam."

At the school board meeting, Yetzer praised Sue Bogert, supervisor of vocational education for the Corry Area School District, for being an outstanding director of Corry's Career and Technical Education Center.

"Hats off to Mrs. Bogert who is a dynamite director, hats off to our eight teachers and most importantly, hats off to our students," Yetzer said at Monday's meeting. "I would also say thank you to the school board for supporting us."

Corry Area High School is one of about 30 comprehensive high schools in the state, which means Corry has its own career and technical center.

"Corry is very fortunate to have our own career and tech center on site," Yetzer said. "All of the other school districts in our area send students to the Erie County Technical School.”

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