Today’s Career and Technical Centers (CTC) operate as a school of choice designed for students who are seeking to enhance their educational program with a highly relevant career and technical experience connected directly to the real world of business and industry. Over 400 business and industry advisors review and update the educational programs annuall
The CTC’s prepare students for meaningful careers whether they enter the workforce directly after high school graduation or upon earning a post‐secondary degree through rigorous academics, technical knowledge and professional development.
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Upper Bucks County Technical School UBCTS serves nearly 700 students in grades 9–12 from the Palisades, Pennridge and Quakertown school districts. We offer 21 programs to students and adults in the industry clusters of Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Arts & Communications, Construction, Health Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism, Law & Public Safety, and Transportation.
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) prepares both secondary and adult students for tomorrow’s emerging technologies by providing technical knowledge and skills to compete in a global marketplace and succeed in college. MBIT is a campus of Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, and New Hope/Solebury School Districts with 22 different programs.
Bucks County Technical High School BCTHS is a state‐of‐the‐art, comprehensive technical high school located in Fairless Hills, PA. The school serves high school students and offers 28 different technical programs. Students learn using industry‐developed curriculum that integrates into academic courses, making them college and career ready. BCTHS also provides training for adults.
Students Enrolled in CTCs:
- Earn industry‐recognized certifications
- Earn advanced college credits through articulation agreements with colleges and universities
- Explore multiple career pathways to confirm their desired career
Unlike in the past when the sole focus was on preparing students for work, today’s CTCs provide students with both academic and technical skills to pursue a variety of options after graduation that include apprenticeship programs, degree programs at two‐ and four‐year colleges, private career schools, as well as industry‐sponsored education and training.
In today’s economy, a 4‐year degree no longer guarantees success in life. Students must also have practical application skills in problem‐solving, communication, team work, critical thinking and leveraging technology. CTCs help students to develop these skills
A closer look at supply and demand in the labor market uncovers another reality to contradict the belief that a four‐year college degree is the ticket to success. Professional occupations make up only 20 percent of all jobs. Technical employment is the fastest‐growing segment of the labor market. Only 25 percent of all technical work requires a four‐year or graduate degree. The fastest‐growing piece of the high skill, high wage technical workplace is occupations that require an associate’s degree.