WVBE Visits Mingo Central High's Top Notch CTE Site

November 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) will tour Mingo Central High School's (MCHS) Career Technical Education (CTE) wing at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in Delbarton, WV. Following the tour, the Board will hold their monthly meeting in the auditorium of the school at 10:00 a.m. to conduct routine business.

"Teaching and learning does not happen in our boardroom in Charleston so we relish the opportunity to get into the classroom," said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. "We are looking forward to learning more about the amazing things occurring in Mingo County schools each day."

"MCHS's CTE programs are all Simulated Workplaces with seven companies actively involved," said Dr. Kathy D'Antoni, West Virginia Department of Education associate superintendent of schools. "Mingo Central is a model school for Simulated Workplace and provides some of our state's best preparatory work for college and career readiness."

The school offers auto mechanics, HVAC, graphic arts, Pro-Start, healthcare occupations, building and construction, welding and a pre-engineering program called Project Lead the Way. Students operate every aspect of business operations from corporate culture to project management.

"Over the last three years, what we have heard from business and industry leaders is that kids don't understand customer service, they don't have a strong work ethic, and they don't understand real-world situations or processes," said MCHS CTE Administrator Marcella Charles. "The purpose of this initiative is to change that by making learning different and meaningful because it is tied to real-life and hands on experience."

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the West Virginia Department of Education's Communications Office at 304-558-2699.

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