MCCTC Opens the Door to ‘Multiple Career Pathways’
Posted on Mar 03, 2020
CANFIELD, Ohio — During an open house Thursday evening at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Michael Stanko, president of the MCCTC board of education, asked the hundreds in attendance to raise their hands if they were graduates.
Some of them raised their hands high. The sight choked Stanko with emotion.
“About 48 years ago, I was here,” he said. “I sat there with my folks talking about what we needed to do, and I made the decision to come into the aviation program. No regrets.”
MCCTC was opened in 1972, and Stanko was part of the inaugural graduating class. Stanko welcomed those in attendance and spoke highly of the school and its staff, which helped him pursue a career in aviation — a dream he held since taking his first airplane ride at 7 years old, he said.
Prospective students and their families gathered at the school, 7300 N. Palmyra Road in Canfield, for the event. Students include high school juniors who can apply to MCCTC, as well as freshman and sophomores who can apply to the Valley STEM+ME2 Academy, which operates in the same building.
“We look at the families of our students as true partners in the educational process and we look forward to sharing with you tonight our beautiful facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, technology and, by far, the best staff in the Valley,” said Mara Banfield, career technical director and principal for Icons Academy and Machine Team Academy at MCCTC.
Career and technical education, Banfield said, is “a lifestyle, and it’s very different — and better, I might say — than education in the traditional setting.” Career and technical education gives students the opportunity to “be an active part in filling the skills gap” by working in-demand jobs with competitive wages in high school while obtaining highly technical and specialized skills, she said.
In Ohio, 95% of high school career and technical students graduate, she said. Last year, 99% graduated from MCCTC.
Of the students attending career and technical school, 39% require remedial-level coursework, compared to 49% of students “who come from a traditional setting,” she said.