by Lisa Tome
Hailey Delano has been enrolled in the Cecil School of Technology's Academy of Health Professions program for a mere eight weeks.
She can already draw blood like a pro.
"It's great. You actually do hands on. This is not something everyone else does," said Delano, who is a junior at Rising Sun High School.
At an upcoming event, students can come for an evening and leave with a career plan.
The annual Cecil County School of Technology open house is set for Wednesday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m.
According to Jennifer Bird, Guidance Counselor at CCST, the target market for the event is current tenth graders, who may be pondering technical education. "But it's also open to the public. There are a lot of great things that go on here that people aren't aware of," said Bird.
A number of changes have taken place at the school in the last two years. There are new programs being offered and now due to the introduction of the A/B school day at School of Tech, two groups of students are learning at the same time. Seniors now attend the school on A days. They will graduate in June. On B days, juniors attend Schools of Tech for their first year.
"It's a transitional time. We have a different way of delivering services," said Bird. Currently, 718 students are attending the schools on alternate days. There are a few exceptions. Cosmetology students attend the school daily as do those ninth graders enrolled in the Applied Trades Academy, and students in the STEP (employability program).
The most popular current program at the school are Academy of Health Professions CNA/GNA, Academy of Health Professions Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Cosmetology, American Culinary Federation's Professional Cooking, Automotive Technology, Welding and Metals Technology, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and Interactive Media Productions.
Other courses offered include Agricultural Sciences, Construction Trades, Electrical Trades, Fire Sciences/Emergency Medical Services, Heavy Industrial Maintenance, HVAC Technology and Plumbing, IT Networking Academy, Natural Resources, Biomedical Sciences, and Teacher Academy of Maryland.
During the open house, various programs will spotlight their achievements and their work.
Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by the culinary arts class. There will be demonstrations in other programs. There will be informal tours of the classrooms and labs. There will also be opportunities to talk one on one with students and instructors.
"Open house is a good tool for students to see this first hand. For the kids (potential students) it's a selling point," said Bird.
The school is located at 912 Appleton Road, Elkton.