West Philly High preps students for careers through CTE programs

Career and technical education (CTE) programs, cutting-edge technology, student leadership and supportive teachers and staff are all elements at the heart of the curriculum at West Philadelphia High School.

“West Philly High is a good school. I really like the CTE programs,” said junior Tahje Faruqi. “I’ve always been interested in computers and videos, so the computer systems networking program was the best fit for me. I’ve learned a lot since being in the program. I’m gaining more knowledge of how the computer works and how to operate and create different operating systems.”

West Philly High offers its students a variety of CTE programs including digital media production, architectural drafting and design, and computer systems networking. Upon the completion of the program, students can earn certifications that are accepted in the professional world.

 “We have been discussing with our advisory board members for the past couple of years about developing a space for the students to come in and have a think tank,” said career awareness specialist Diana Rodriguez. “We wanted to have a place within the school building that they can just let their innovative juices flow and let their minds create. We have a partnership with the Comcast Corporation so now our students are able to have full internships with the organization.

“West Philly High was also just recognized by the State Department of Education for our CTE programs,” she added. “We have the most nontraditional students in CTE programs, so the State Department of Education wanted to know from us what our best practices were to accomplish this. We’re just trying to give our students as many opportunities to create, think freely and be innovative through our CTE programs. Our hope is that what they learn here they will be able to transfer it into their life and career while changing the world and their community in the process.”

Click here to read Chanel Hill’s complete article posted on The Philadelphia Tribune.

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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