We provide opportunities for 11th and 12th grade students in Career and Technical Education (CTE), with classes open to students attending any public high school in Porter County (plus Hobart High School).
WHY IT MATTERS
CTE programs exist in today’s high schools to showcase meaningful and appropriate career choices. The era of career experimentation in college is over. AT PCCTE, we all know that choosing a career that we enjoy is crucial to future success and happiness.
A CREDIT TO OUR COMMUNITY
We believe that the economic and cultural health of our communities is stronger because of the strength of PCCTE. Economic development is intrinsically related to our commitment to preparing students for the workforce. PCCTE helps provide the skilled workforce needed to keep young talent and longtime businesses in our area while creating responsible and service-oriented citizens who are a credit to their communities.
A HEADSTART ON COLLEGE CREDITS
Most of our programs offer dual high school and college credit. Graduates often have a head start on a post secondary degree and a well-paying profession. Students in our programs take challenging high school courses and a strong career program.
As a mother of 3 students who have been through PCCTC, with one inducted into Technical Honor Society, I cannot say enough about the value in Vocational education. I have had two sons come through the programs in building trades, video production, and culinary arts and my daughter has been through the dental education program. My children have learned skills that are invaluable in their life, and not just vocational.
INDIANA CORE 40 DIPLOMA WITH TECHNICAL HONORS
This Indiana initiative recognizes the significant value of a strong technical-preparation program and is a prestigious equivalent to the Academic Honors diploma. Students demonstrating technical proficiency while attaining multiple career-specific credits will earn this diploma.
The Porter County Career and Technical Education program started in 1971 with four school corporations and was initiated to plan and coordinate vocational and career education programming throughout Porter County to expand those offerings.
Since our inception, additional program offerings have been planned and developed to give a wide range of vocational enrollment alternatives to all Porter County students. Students participating in these programs attend their home school for one-half day. A program area is selected by the student through the guidance and counseling process in their home school.
Through an organized program of Career Education, our students acquire self-awareness, career planning skills, work attitudes, and develop entry-level workforce skills.
Vocational Education is a component of Career Education, providing our students with the opportunity to prepare for entry-level employment in occupations requiring skilled workers.
In the late 20th Century, the term vocational education fell out of favor, and has since been replaced by Career and Technical Education (CTE), a term which communicates the higher level of technical skills that are being taught in 21st Century programs.
Porter County Career and Technical Education (PCCTE) has expanded to now include 10 high schools and to offer over 30 courses for students to explore. PCCTE is now closely linked to colleges, the community college system, apprenticeship programs, and various trade and technical schools providing students the opportunity to start their college transcript while still in high school. With emphasis on the integration of math, science, and communication skills within the technology curriculum, CTE courses are designed for all students whether they are going into the workforce or college after high school.