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Cecil County School of Technology means new opportunities for students


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Cecil County Public Schools opened its new School of Technology in August 2015. The school is located at 912 Appleton Rd in Elkton, MD. Blog post:

If you’ve followed Cecil County news for any amount of time, you’ve surely read a few stories about the new Cecil County School of Technology. For a while, many of those stories were about the contentious debate over purchasing the former Bassell property on Appleton Rd. in Elkton. As the renovation project neared completion, the storylines were about the final students attending the old North East location or anticipating the arrival of the new school’s first students in August. In the last few weeks, we’ve read about the ribbon cutting celebrating the official opening of the school and the open house for county sophomores considering technology education for their junior year.

New School of Technology was a Long Time Coming

The story of the School of Technology began more than a decade ago when Cecil County Public Schools identified the need to replace the building housing its technology education programs. Initially planned as a “comprehensive high school” where students would spend their whole day, the project was eventually scaled back to the format Cecil County has been using where students start their days at their home school for a few classes like English and are then bused to the technical school for the rest of their classes.

Once the property purchase was final and the county’s commitment to fund the project was secured in 2013, renovations moved quickly. Despite what others may say loudly and repeatedly, CCPS continues to be resourceful and demonstrated exceptional “out of the box” thinking on this project as they envisioned a building that once housed laboratories being fitted out for technical education. By re-purposing an existing building and using as much of its existing infrastructure a possible, they completed the project at a cost of $68 per square foot. To put that into perspective, the Dorchester County Career and Technology Center cost $247 per square foot when it was built in 2008.

More Space=More Students Served

The new School of Technology facility will allow enrollment to swell to twice its current size when the new class arrives on campus this winter. Those arriving students will have the opportunity to participate in new programs like interactive media productions, criminal justice and homeland security, and computer networking and other new programs are planned for future expansion.

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Cecil County School of Technology means new opportunities for students

  1. 1. Cecil County School of Technology
  2. 2. 912 Appleton Rd.
  3. 3. 2005 ● Initial comprehensive educational specification developed 2007 ● Design of new comprehensive technical high school 2008 ● Project on hold due to lack of funding and enrollment 2013 ● Acquisition of property ● Initial educational specification modified and adapted ● Project approved and funded 2014 ● Renovations 2015 ● School opens Timeline
  4. 4. 2014 purchase price $8.25 million 2005 asking price $21.00 million Vacated in 2006 90.4 acres, 151,000 square feet
  5. 5. Project Budget
  6. 6. How did this cost compare to similar projects?
  7. 7. Comparison: Dorchester County Career & Technology Center Completed in 2008
  8. 8. Cost per Square Foot *2008
  9. 9. Space *2008
  10. 10. That’s ⅓ the cost for almost 2x the space.
  11. 11. A peek inside the new CCST It’s quite a transformation.
  12. 12. Transformations: Cosmetology
  13. 13. Old School of Technology
  14. 14. Pre-Renovation
  15. 15. New School of Technology
  16. 16. Transformations: Welding
  17. 17. Old School of Technology
  18. 18. Pre-Renovation
  19. 19. New School of Technology
  20. 20. Transformations: Culinary Arts
  21. 21. Old School of Technology
  22. 22. Pre-Renovation
  23. 23. New School of Technology
  24. 24. Transformations: Automotive
  25. 25. Old School of Technology
  26. 26. Pre-Renovation
  27. 27. New School of Technology
  28. 28. These are just some of the renovations at CCST.
  29. 29. More Space More Students Served
  30. 30. CCST Enrollment
  31. 31. Current Programs Maryland State Department of Education Career Technology Education
  32. 32. • Allied Health • Automotive Technology • Computer Electronics • Construction Trades - Carpentry • Cosmetology • Culinary Arts • Electrical Trades ▪Fire Science / Emergency Medical Services ▪Heavy Industrial Maintenance ▪Natural Resources ▪Welding & Metals Technology
  33. 33. New Programs Beginning in January Maryland State Department of Education Career Technology Education
  34. 34. • Academy of Health Professions - ▫ Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) ▫ Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GMA) ▫ Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) • American Culinary Federation • Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
  35. 35. • Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness - Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement • Interactive Media Productions • Information Technology Networking Academy (CISCO) • Project Lead The Way—Biomedical Sciences
  36. 36. Future Programs Maryland State Department of Education Career Technology Education
  37. 37. • Manufacturing Engineering Technology - National Institute of Metalworking Skills Program (NIMS) • Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (Diesel) • Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)
  38. 38. Local Programs
  39. 39. Student Transition & Employability Program (STEP) • Instructional program to support students with special needs • Teaches workforce skills and encourages self-sufficiency
  40. 40. Applied Trades Academy • New this year • For incoming freshman identified as at-risk of not graduating • Already seeing improvements in attendance and grades
  41. 41. Other Benefits of CCST Campus ▪ Economic development with County ▪ Long-term lease with farm museum ▪ Space for future comprehensive high school
  42. 42. ▪3rd solar array installed by CCPS ▪80% of the power for CCST and 5 other schools ▫Estimated savings over 20 years? ▫$2 million Solar Investment at CCST
  43. 43. Cecil County School of Technology C C S T ertifications itizenship kills echnology
  44. 44. CREDITS Special thanks to all the people who made and released these awesome resources for free: ▪ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ▪ Photographs by CCPS ▪ Presentation design © 2015 Frances K. Bowman