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Carthage Technical Center Undergoes Evaluation Process for Accreditation

CTC recently completed a very strenuous process to seek accreditation for adult programs through the Council on Occupational Education.   CTC was previously accredited through the North Central Association, but NCA no longer accredits technical schools.  COE accreditation would offer assurance that the Carthage Technical Center provides quality instruction in career and technical education and would also allow CTC to continue processing federal financial aid. 

In 2013, CTC applied and received approval from COE to become a candidate for accreditation. To complete this process, CTC conducted a self-study addressing ten COE standards governing adult programs, program outcomes, financial resources and student services.

In mid-March, CTC hosted the COE accreditation team during a three-day on-site evaluation.  A dinner was held at Grace Episcopal Church and in attendance were R9 administrators, R9 school board members, CTC Advisory Board members and CTC staff.  The event highlighted CTC students, including a graduate from the Practical Nursing Program, the Health Science Contest Team, and FFA’s Parliamentary Procedures Team.   The accreditation team was impressed by the support from the District and area industry partners.

During the exit interview, no findings, recommendations or suggestions were reported.  However, Carthage Technical Center did earn three commendations from the accreditation team.

“This has made our programs even better than they were before we started the COE accreditation process,” said Gregg Wolf, CTC Director. 

CTC is awaiting an official report from COE and will have an opportunity to respond to any additional requirements. Accreditation can be awarded for as many as six years, as determined by the COE Council.    

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Carthage PAT Hosts Advisory Board Meeting

Members of the Carthage Parents As Teachers Advisory Board met on March 11 in the new facility on Fairview Avenue.  Seated:  Hillary Campbell, parent representative; Ruth Campa, Head Start; Sabrina Drackert, parent representative.  Back Row:  Dr. Tom Barlow, Steadley Elementary Principal; Bonnie Shaffer, St. Ann’s Principal; Beth James, Director of Special Services; Jude Champagne, parent representative; Anne Elliff, Carthage Bright Futures Coordinator; Judy Pace, Carthage Literacy Council; Margaret Snyder-Wright and Felix Wright, PAT supporters.  Not pictured – Father Ted Estes.

Friday, March 6, Columbian Elementary held its monthly ROAR assembly. ROAR stands for Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Respect. Columbian honored those students whose behavior demonstrated Outstanding Respect for their classmates, their teachers and themselves.

Kindergarten: Urias Gonzalez-Vicente, Kennedy Este, Devin McCarthy, Camila Moreland

First grade: Leslie Cruz-Cruz, Jordan Guinac-Bravo, Caleb Martin, Justin Guinac-Bravo

Second grade: Owen Dickson, Steven Chavez-Merida, Parrish Cook , Edna Arana Sanchez

Third grade:  Malachi Housh , Gelber Oxlaj-Barrios, Cindy Cruz-Cruz, Carlos Sofoifa-Gonzalez

Fourth grade: Lauren Long, Christian Banks, Lain Davison, Kianna Yates

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