Several groups of students from Roulhac Middle School in Chipley, Florida visited Washington-Holmes Technical Center on Friday, March 21st as instructors from certification and degree programs welcomed the students and showed off classrooms and labs.
The students and accompanying teachers proved an apt audience, asking questions and expressing an interest in courses as diverse as culinary, cosmetology, electrical, IT, nursing, law enforcement and pharmacy.
"These students are truly our future," stated Martha Compton, Director of Washington-Holmes Technical Center and this is a great opportunity to get their attention and let them know what we offer."
The tech center is currently preparing for the 2nd Annual SkillsUSA-Lowe's "Battle of Bands" to be held April 12 at the old Chipley High School. The event is funded in part and sponsored by Lowe’s, who embraces local and regional events and educational opportunities, and is a prime sponsor of SkillsUSA.
Recently returned from the regional competitions in Pensacola and currently preparing for state competition next month, certification and degree programs at Washington-Holmes Technical Center have historically ranked high at these competitions.
Washington-Holmes Technical Center hosts many groups of educators, students and businesses each year, and was visited by Northwest Florida Community Hospital CEO Mark Bush in February.
Accompanied by NFCH Chief Nursing Officer Joanie Beard and Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor, Bush learned about what WHTC offers to the local skilled labor force, especially in the fields of nursing, pharmacology and medical coding programs.
"They have a wide range of programs and it’s wonderful for the community and wonderful for the students" says Mark Bush. "This is a great opportunity to find careers that are meaningful and well-paid."
"Our motto is "One life, one year, one great career," says Compton.
Recently Washington-Holmes Technical Center hosted a conference with the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, where Compton told a group of private sector business owners and managers that WHTC was receptive and responsive to the need for skilled workers and would do anything to accommodate those needs.
"If you find that you need a person with a particular skill, or you need someone able to operate a particular piece of machinery, let us know’, said Compton. ‘If we don’t have the necessary equipment on which to train, we will find a way to get it and satisfy your needs."
At present WHTC offers over 35 degree and certification programs and enjoys a high placement rate for graduates from the various skilled programs, including welding, electrical, multi-media design, medical administrative assistant, culinary, cosmetology, IT, cyber security and networking, nursing, drafting, law enforcement and public safety, digital media and continuing adult education.
For more information about Washington-Holmes Technical Center and over 35 certification and degree programs offered, visit www.WHTC.us.