SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. | Lt. Gov. Mike Stack stopped by Lehigh Career & Technical Institute on Thursday (Sept. 21) during a visit to the Lehigh Valley.
After lunching with Executive Director Thomas J. Rushton and other administrators — Culinary Arts students prepared and served their meal in The Restaurant at LCTI — Stack toured the 450,000-square-foot school.
The first stops on his tour were the Precision Machine Tool Technology and Welding Technology program labs, where he chatted with Rushton and instructors about the vital role career and technical education plays in fueling the commonwealth’s economy. High school students who master the high-tech skills taught in both programs are a hot commodity in the region.
Companies compete to fill their internship and co-op positions with top-performing students in all of LCTI’s manufacturing-linked programs. Students selected for those positions often secure high-wage jobs immediately after graduation or opt to pursue postsecondary degrees that further boost their earning potential.
Both the machining and welding labs are slated for expansion so LCTI can equip even more students with the skills employers covet.
Another stop on Stack’s tour, the Electromechanical/Mechatronics Technology program lab, prepares students for well-paying jobs, too. Graduates go on to become the electromechanical engineers and technicians who design, install and maintain equipment that keeps manufacturing plants and warehouses humming.
Next, Stack stopped by LCTI’s Distribution Center, which serves as the Supply Chain Management & Logistics Technology program lab. The fully functional warehouse is run by students who use everything from barcode scanners to forklifts as they learn to pick, pack and ship products.
The lieutenant governor also got a good look at LCTI’s Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventive Maintenance training course. High school students learn to use more than 20 pieces of equipment, including bulldozers and backhoes, as they work their way through the program.