STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The North Valley Career and Technology Center exists to provide career and technical education to high school students and adults living in the Grafton area. Career and technical education prepares people for work through employment related education and training programs. These programs provide instruction in related basic education, career development, general vocational knowledge, family living skills, and specific occupational skill training.
At North Valley Career and Technology Center the curriculum combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, participation in youth organizations, and on-the-job training. The classroom curriculum centers on real-life problems students are likely to meet on the job. Laboratory work provides opportunities for students to work with materials, equipment, and processes of different jobs in a supervised setting. Through career and technical student organizations students are involved in activities designed to develop leadership skills and reinforce other aspects of the curriculum. Cooperative work experiences combine classroom and on-the-job
instruction under the close supervision of qualified instructors/coordinators. A strong background in basic academic skills is the foundation for all learning. Application of academics is infused into the training provided through the Center’s programs. Preparing students for work also includes providing instruction in prevocational, work maturity, communications, and other employability skills in addition to specific skill training. North Valley’s programs include support services
providing career exploration, planning, and development for students.
North Valley Career and Technology Center believes in the worth and dignity of each student. All individuals have equal rights and are entitled to equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, or handicapping conditions. Programs are structured and support provided to allow all students to grow and develop to their maximum potential.
The North Valley Career and Technology Center believes that the success of career and technical education depends on a close partnership with the community particularly with business, industry, and labor. As the labor force grows so will the skill levels required for occupational success. Technology is advancing at a pace that will leave few if any employment opportunities for unskilled, untrained workers. The Center will meet this challenge by striving to provide quality career and
technical programs that will prepare its students for employment in the ever changing workplace.