Two changes in the career and technical education program in Pittsburgh Public Schools are being sought: the addition of a carpentry program at Pittsburgh Carrick High and Westinghouse 6-12 and the movement of the RHVAC program from the South Annex to Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.
At a school board committee meeting tonight, Angela Mike, executive director of career and technical education for the district, said there already are facilities for the carpentry program, which would make it a low-cost item, not counting the cost of the instructor.
She said moving the refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning from the South Annex to Allderdice would attract more students. Of the 18 now enrolled, 14 are Allderdice students. She estimated the change would cost $250,000.
Other future plans include launching a mobile app development course in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and exploring virtual job shadowing.
Ms. Mike noted some successes of the CTE program, including the increase in the percentage of students passing standardized technical assessments from 37 percent in 2009-10 to 80 percent in 2011-12.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1955.