CHAMPION - Amid cheers and clapping of students and staff, Mayor Doug Franklin declared Nov. 19, 2013, as Trumbull Career and Technical Center Day in the city of Warren.
The center was honored Tuesday for its recent recognition as Ohio's Top Career Center by the Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools That Work initiative.
"We're all so proud of you," Franklin said, addressing students who participated in the 2012 HSTW assessment.
The Southern Regional Education Board recognized the Trumbull Career and Technical Center as an Outstanding Career Center in Ohio on Tuesday. Holding the banner are, from left, Robert Faulkner Sr., Warren City Schools Board of Education; Cheryl Basista, Weathersfield Board of Education; Mary Williams, TCTC school board; Roger Samuelson, Champion school board; and Diana DeVito, Liberty school board.
In order to meet SREB guidelines, TCTC had to demonstrate commitment in one of the following areas: improving achievement; improving graduation rates; improving college and career-readiness; improving the quality of career / technical offerings; implementing the High Schools That Work, Making Middle Grades Work or Technical Centers That Work design; implementing a signature feature; or implementing the Literacy Design Collaborative and / or Mathematics Design Collaborative.
TCTC is among 41 high schools, middle schools and technical centers in the nation to receive the award.
The center was presented with a large banner in honor of the award.
Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda issued a resolution on behalf of the Board of Trumbull County Commissioners to recognize and congratulate the school.
"This award means a lot more than you can imagine," he said, adding that the demand for vocational education will increase in the near future. "We're going to prosper. An award like this is very impressive to (potential employers)," he said.
HSTW Executive Director Diana Rogers said the honor is not only a measure of students' ability, but also a measure of tthe school's effectiveness.
Sixty randomly selected students will take the HSTW assessment test in February. TCTC Superintendent Jason Gray said he has high expectations based on previous scores.
"It's a framework for us. It's a guideline. It's a game plan. A game plan is only as good as its players. I know you will do us proud," he said.