Putnam Career & Technical Center Named Best CTC Facility in WV

08/02/2012 by Jonathan Pitzer

Putnam Career & Technical Center named "2012 Best CTE Facility in West Virginia" by WV Department of Education

State Department recognizes PCTC for excellent professional development and increased student achievement

ELEANOR- On Tuesday, July 24, the West Virginia Department of Education recognized
Putnam Career & Technical Center as the 2012 "Best CTE Facility" in West Virginia at the annual Career & Technical Education conference in Charleston. While Principal Michael Erwin took the stage to accept the award, the school was applauded for a professional development program designed through a collaborative effort between Putnam County Schools and the WV Center for Professional Development.

In August of 2011, Putnam Career & Technical Center (PCTC) teachers agreed to participate in the Take One! program offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This program incorporated national teaching standards into all PCTC classrooms and required each teacher to complete an in-depth video analysis of their instructional practices. PCTC is the first technical school in the nation to implement this program on a school-wide level. Each teacher who participated in the Take One! program earned credit toward National Board Teacher certification, and now have 25% of the national certification completed. Several teachers indicate that they will continue on to complete the entire national certification process.

In addition to a commitment to professional development, the staff at PCTC have also
focused on a "failure is not an option" approach to student assessment. During the 2011-12 school year, student test scores on the WorkKeys exam increased dramatically, improving reading, mathematics, and technical thinking scores from their previous levels.

"This award is the result of a school-wide effort," noted Principal Erwin, "and the fantastic staff at PCTC certainly deserve this recognition."

Putnam Career & Technical Center (PCTC) is a career training facility in Eleanor, WV that provides technical and vocational training to Putnam County high school students, and to area adult students. PCTC works in collaboration with area community colleges to allow students to complete credits toward Associate degrees, and regularly competes in national technical and skill competitions.

Jonathan Pitzer
Assistant Principal
Putnam Career & Technical Center