CHAMPION - The Trumbull Career and Technical Center was one of 19 high schools in the nation to receive the Outstanding High Schools That Work award, sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board.
Mary Flint, TCTC's new director, accepted the award last week during the SREB's 27th annual staff development conference in Charlotte, N.C. The conference was attended by more than 4,000 educators.
''We are very proud of our staff and students. Everyone, the staff, students and administration, works together very well to do what is best for the students,'' Flint said. ''It's nice to be recognized.''
Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
The Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion was one of 19 high schools nationally selected as an Outstanding High School That Works. Looking over the award are Paula Baco, left, TCTC program and guidance supervisor; Mary Flint, TCTC director; and Larry Crawford, TCTC academic supervisor.
The award is based on the success of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices and increasing the quality of experiences provided to students to best prepare them for postsecondary studies and careers. This is the first time for the center, which has 1,024 students in 11th and 12th grades, to receive the honor.
Paula Baco, TCTC's program / guidance supervisor, said TCTC has been part of the High Schools That Work network for 13 years. Flint said six faculty members are nationally board certified in the program, including Baco.
She said the school focuses on literacy in its academics and also offers many courses were students earn both high school and college credit.
''It is important that we prepare the students for their careers and post secondary education and college,'' Flint said.
Baco said that TCTC has achieved significant increase in graduation rates to 98.7 percent in the 2010-11 school year; demonstrated significant increase in percent of students meeting college readiness standards as measured by the ACT, SAT and other acceptable state measures; and made significant improvements on state assessments in areas of language arts/ reading and mathematics.
The two noted that TCTC has been a leader in implementing HSTW model for strengthening curriculum and instruction.
The award is presented to high schools, middle schools and technology centers that have demonstrated outstanding commitment in improving achievement, graduation rates, college- and career-readiness, the quality of career / technical offerings, implementing the High Schools That Work, Making Middle Grades Work or Technical Centers That Work design, implementing a signature feature, or implementing the Literacy Design Collaborative and/or Mathematics Design Collaborative