MILL HALL — A presentation of a proposed CTC program for Homeland Security was discussed during a Keystone Central School Board voting session.
The voting session, held Thursday evening at Central Mountain High School, featured an extensive presentation by Kurt Lynch, director of KCSD’s career and technology education program.
According to Lynch, the program would tackle a “need of the community”.
“There is a shortage of first responders, volunteers and career staff,” said Lynch. “We need to stabilize emergency services in the county and surrounding areas. We need to fill careers in emergency services and law enforcement, identify economic and labor needs within the community. It is one of them that needs it the most. »
Lynch said the program will greatly benefit the community. He said he will provide certifications and qualifications for students to enter the workforce after graduating from high school. It will also, he said, provide them with exposure to real-world experience and stimulate interest in continuing education.
In addition, he said, the program would provide an employment pool of trained people and volunteers. It would also promote open communication and community partnerships between educators, students, professional services and volunteers.
Lynch believes there would also be economic benefits for Clinton County, as students would stay in the area. Their employment, he says, would offer “community stabilization”.
“This program has three funnels, basically. It’s EMT, it’s fire protection, criminal justice, and policing,” said Lynch.
To see if there is interest in the program, the district conducted a survey of current students. Lynch provided the results of this survey, which suggests that students would participate in such a program.
At Central Mountain High School, there were 397 responses from grades 9 through 11. A total of 60 students said they were likely to take the program. At Central Mountain Middle School, there were 210 responses in grades seven and eight. A total of 28 students said they were likely to take the program.
The district also surveyed students at Bucktail High School. There were 44 responses from grades 7 to 11. A total of eight students said they were likely to take the program.
KCSD Superintendent Dr. Jacquelyn Martin believes the Homeland Security CTC program would fill a void for the district and in the community.
“It makes more sense to offer the right program for the interests of the students and also to meet the needs of the community”, said Martin. “It wouldn’t hurt any of the other programs. This would help mitigate some schedule overruns.
There is a cost however. Martin said the program would cost “about $100,000.”
“There are very specific criteria that are expected of any career and technology instructor,” said Martin.
No follow-up was given to the program.
The school board will meet again at 6:30 p.m. for a working session on Thursday, December 1 at the CMHS. The meeting is open to the public and will also be streamed live on the district’s website.