GENEVA, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey spent Friday touring schools in Geneva County. He visited several elementary, middle, and high schools, but noted an important part of his visit was to tour Geneva Regional Career Technical Center, or G-Tech.
The technical center provides students with an industry-based curriculum that teaches skills through hands-on learning.
“You help build that bridge to the next step in their career. That’s the most important thing we can do as educators,” said Chris Duke, principal at G-Tech.
Juniors and seniors can study Health Sciences, Aviation, Education, Welding, or Automotive Mechanics. Dr. Mackey says what’s been developed at the center is a model for how he’d like to see career tech programs operate across the state.
“It’s something the whole state needs to look at. The kind of cooperation we have with county schools, city schools, junior colleges is something we don’t see every day, but we need to see more of it across the state,” Mackey expressed.
The Geneva Regional Career Technical Center is a partnership between the National Guard, Geneva City and Geneva County schools districts, and the Alabama Two-Year College System.
Dr. Mackey spent time talking with staff and students about the what the program provides.
“Most impressive to see the engagement of students. You see students who aren’t just sitting at a desk learning - they can learn that way - but we can see these students up moving around. Learning from their instructors hands on," Mackey added.
The superintendent said school districts interested in creating career tech programs can work with the state department to identify facilities that would work best for their program and assistance in acquiring program funding.