PLYMOUTH — At Central Montco Technical High School’s recent Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony, 1990 alum Sara Collins Anselm told listeners “education and a career you love are a great gift to yourself…one no one can take away.” Inductee Charlotte Jaroma Garman, Class of 1997, advised current students to “take advantage of the opportunities presented to you” and “never stop learning,” while honoree Amanda Vaitis Weber, Class of 2007, encouraged them “to search for what you are passionate about” about.”
All of which reflects the rationale behind CMTHS’s Summer Career and Technology Experiences 2022 for students who will attend 8th, 9th or 10th grade classes in the Colonial, Norristown Area or Upper Merion Area school districts this fall.
The program is divided into three-day sessions scheduled for 8 am to 2 pm July 12-14, July 19-21, July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4. Each session costs $120 and focuses on one of five specialty areas, described as follows:
Computer Networking (July 19-21 and July 26-28): An introduction to computer terms and history, virtual and hands-on computer-building, motherboard exploration, memory installation, video card upgrading, basic cable making and wireless networking.
Cosmetology (July 12-14 and July 26-28): An introduction to shampoo treatments, hairstyling and braiding, manicures, pedicures and facials.
Culinary Arts (July 12-14, July 19-21, July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4): An introduction to classic and contemporary cooking techniques, flavor and menu development, production cooking, restaurant management, high-end catering, food trucks and a variety of other food-related businesses.
Healthcare Sciences (July 12-14, July 19-21 and July 26-28): An introduction to fundamental skills related to bodily function, infection control, taking vital signs, patient communication and job options.
Landscaping-Nature Exploration (July 12-14): An introduction to a variety of science and environmental activities – including geocaching – designed to address survival by nature, growing food and the art of landscaping.
CMTHS Executive Director Angie King and her staff see Summer Career and Technology Experiences 2022 as a way to counter the pandemic’s negative effect on student learning.
“As the first ‘normal’ school year after COVID ends, it’s evident that the impact of the pandemic on student learning was significant,” King says. “The pandemic’s aftermath threatens to dampen this generation’s prospects and limit their options far into adulthood. The repercussions may jeopardize their chances of attending college and, eventually, obtaining a satisfying profession…notwithstanding concern about their mental health with increasing behaviors such as social withdrawal, self-isolation, lethargy and fears.”
By contrast, the upcoming program was designed to give “our young teenagers…an opportunity to focus on an interest that may benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
Area students may enroll in for more than one session, although organizers explain the material covered in each three-day class repeats “so only sign up for one week of each (because) if you sign up for two or more weeks (of a given) class), you will be doing the same lessons…”
Directions for registering and paying by credit card are posted at www.cmths.org/shop. To pay by check or money order, call Elisha Lowery at 484-845-3562.
General information about CMTHS is available at www.cmths.org or 610-277-2301. The school is located at 821 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting.