The new lab will have computers corresponding with MCCTC programs.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
BOARDMAN -- Introductions into careers that implement technology await Glenwood Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders when they return to classes next month.
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center has purchased technology labs for each of its associate districts over the last four years. About half of the districts elected to install the labs for ninth- and 10th-grade students.
The remainder decided to place them in middle schools for seventh- and eighth-graders, said MCCTC Superintendent Dr. Roan M. Craig.
"It really depends upon the curriculum of the school district," she said. "We've tried to be very flexible with the districts, and we've worked very closely to plan the labs with them."
Austintown, the last district to receive what's called a foundation technology lab, will have it installed next year.
"We're very happy that we were able to budget this for our home school districts," Craig said.
Boardman Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said the district paid to create a similar lab a few years ago at Center Middle School, but the career and technical center's program is enabling the same thing at Glenwood. The cost of the Glenwood lab is about $150,000.
He said carpeting and air conditioning were added at the Glenwood site to prepare for installation of 17 computers.
"We're hoping to have it ready at the beginning of the school year," Lazzeri said.
Computer modules will focus on different fields from manufacturing to medical and interactive multimedia.
"Our intent is to provide career and technical education at all ages," Craig said.
The modules match programs offered at the career and technical center. Students from 13 Mahoning County high schools attend MCCTC in their junior and senior years to study a particular career or trade, including many that use technology.
"The one stipulation is that each module has to correspond to a program offered at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center," Craig said.