The Cecil County School of Technology's Open House is designed to show high school sophomores what it has to offer.
CCST is hoping to attract a large group of 10th graders and show off its new building.
"It's open to the public," said counselor Jennifer Bird. "Our open house is always open to everyone but this year we especially want the community to see our new school."
The open house will be held Wednesday, November 4, from 6-8 p.m. CCST is located at 912 Appleton Road. Visitors should use the entrance off of Appleton Road.
Tenth graders are specifically invited because prospective CCST students apply in January or February of their sophomore year.
Five new programs are being added in January, 2016: Academy of Health Professions-Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness-Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Interactive Media Production-Simulation & Gaming, and Project Lead The Way-Biomedical Sciences.
The instructors for the new programs will be present at the open house. Moving to the former Basell property enabled CCST to add the new programs as well as increase class sizes for its other programs which will allow enrollment in traditional programs to to rise from 250 to 384.
CCST already offers Academy of Health Professions-Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant, American Culinary Federation-Professional Cooking (new name), Automotive Technology, Construction Trades, Cosmetology (three semesters), Electrical Trades, Fire Science/Emergency Medical Services, Heavy Industrial Maintenance, HVAC Technology/Plumbing, IT Networking Academy (CISCO) (new name), Natural Resources, and Welding & Metals Technology.
The school plans to add a diesel program in January, 2017, with a construction manufacturing technology under consideration for the following year
CCST also offers Applied Trades Academy (ATA), a program for ninth graders which provides an opportunity to combine the exploration of basic trade skills with delivery of English and math content through hands-on, real life applications.
Students for the ATA program are referred by their eighth grade teachers, counselors, or administrators.
Students are also referred to CCST's Student Transition & Employability Program (STEP), which provides transition-aged youth who have a range of disabilities the opportunity to develop a range of employability skills while working in school-based work environments such as screen printing, embroidery, and engraving.
At the open house, Cecil County School of Technology will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win baskets. Photographs of the baskets are on the school's website http://www.ccps.org/District/Department/62-Cecil-County-School-of-Technology
A ticket costs $1. Proceeds help needy CCST students pay for fees, tools, and uniforms.