CTC prepares for 50th anniversary

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Senior Advanced Marketing student Jared Larson assembles a table for his classroom at the Career & Technical Center. The CTC is celebrating it's 50th anniversary on Oct. 3, 2018.

Senior Advanced Marketing student Jared Larson assembles a table for his classroom at the Career & Technical Center. The CTC is celebrating it's 50th anniversary on Oct. 3, 2018.

Senior Advanced Marketing student Jared Larson assembles a table for his classroom at the Career & Technical Center. The CTC is celebrating it's 50th anniversary on Oct. 3, 2018.

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The Career and Technology Center has gone through remodeling in celebration of it’s 50th anniversary on Oct. 3. The CTC, opened in 1968, offers training in trade skill jobs and other classes like Welding, Construction, Automotive, Culinary, Agriculture and Business. Fifty students and teachers volunteered to assist with painting the hallways on Sept. 15.

“Our staff are really dedicated,” CTC Director Mike Pantleo said. “It was at least $1,000 for all of this stuff, the paint, the rollers, the frames.”

Some CTC classes had their own rooms painted outside of celebrating the anniversary.

“CSI and Auto did a lot of painting last year,” Mr. Pantleo said.

The Business and Marketing classes added new tables and chairs for $3,000 on top of repainting the classroom. Advanced Marketing teacher Tracy Hastings found that her students liked the new changes.

“The students really like the layout of the classroom,” Ms. Hastings said. “We started with painting the classroom blue and yellow for DECA, after that I ordered some tables so people can work in groups of two for their projects.”

DECA is a business and marketing club where students compete with projects up to the national level.

The DECA ran student store CTC Corner also has new changes. Store Manager Alex Deke, a senior at Fort Osage High School, helped work on the store.

“We started in mid-July,” Deke said. “We had some damage to the walls. We replaced some of the ceiling tiles, we put a paint job in and put up some new shelves and reorganized the back of the store.”

There’s more changes planned for the building besides just painting, though they won’t be in place for the 50th anniversary.

“We still have to get some ceiling tile replaced, that’s a pretty big expense, bathrooms also.” Pantleo said.

The CTC open house is Oct. 3 from 4:30  to 7:30 p.m. and will showcase demonstrations and activities for each class along with refreshments.

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