Brock came to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute to get a head start on a lucrative career. The William Allen High School student chose to enroll in LCTI’s Plumbing & Heating program because, as he explains, plumbing’s “a moneymaker.”
Brock’s right. With a median annual salary of $51,450, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters are among the highest-paid professionals in the construction trades. More importantly, they’re in demand. The occupation’s growth rate through 2024 is a faster-than-average 12 percent.
Brock says the small class sizes at LCTI are a good fit for him because they result in more one-on-one interaction between instructors and students. Even if he’s having a rough day, his career and technical education instructor’s positive attitude and words of encouragement help him focus on the lesson at hand.
“The teachers here at LCTI, they’re very kind, they’re very cool. Whenever you need help, they help you,” Brock says.
It doesn’t matter who you are, LCTI is the right place to figure out where you’re going and how to get there, he says. More than 40 CTE programs in five areas of study — Arts & Humanities, Business & Communication Technology, Engineering, Health & Human Services and Industrial Technology — are available for high school students. In addition, the Academic Center offers English, math, science and other academics for students who opt to spend their entire school day at LCTI.
Plus, Brock says LCTI opens doors for students by helping them line up internships or co-ops, encouraging them to participate in career and technical student organization competitions and secure college scholarships.
Learn more about the Plumbing & Heating program and how it prepares high school students for college and career success.