GENEVA, Al (WTVY) - Across Alabama, schools, administrators, and even U.S. Representatives are celebrating Career Technical Education month.
2nd District congresswoman, Martha Roby, joined Geneva Mayor Frankie Lindsey at the table as he signed a proclamation declaring February as Career Technical Education month for Geneva City Schools.
"I've been committed to career and technical education from day one,” said Roby. “It's so important that we provide opportunity for these young people. To be making decisions about things they’re interested in, passionate about and where their talents lie."
Roby took a tour of the school, observing students as they went about their work. After seeing all the potential that Geneva High School has to offer, Roby made her way down the street to the Geneva National Guard Armory, where a new technical center is being built to be shared by Geneva City and Geneva County schools.
"These are awesome opportunities for these young people, and for the next generation of the work force in Alabama,” added Roby.
The building will still serve the National Guard on weekends. It will be a career technical center during the week, better known as 'G-Tech.”
The partnership between the Armory and the school systems has landed Alabama 2 of 5 Army Community Partnership awards. An honor that recognizes innovative, successful partnerships that result in improved readiness, energy efficiency and cost savings.
"It's a huge honor to get the award,” said Frank Barnett of the Alabama National Guard. “We didn't set out doing these things to get the award. We did these things, and because we did them in partnership with ALEA, DHR, the school system and the State Department of Education, we won it."
Construction on the technical center is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2017.