Cumberland County Technical Education Center hosts its first freshman orientation

By Community Bulletin on August 30, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Cumberland County Technical Education Center

The Cumberland County Technical Education Center's first class of students pose for a Class of 2020 family photo on orientation day. The first inaugural photo was taken in front of the school by Director of Security Andre Lopez manning the camera from a cherry picker for the overhead shot. (Submitted photo)

Cumberland County Technical Education Center (CCTEC) had a historical day on Aug. 25 when it welcomed 240 full time freshmen to the very first freshman orientation. The students and their parents arrived at 9 a.m. and were ushered to the gymnasium which seats 1,800 people. The stands were not quite full but approximately 600 people filled them with excitement of a new beginning.

The CCTEC first family was welcomed by Principal Greg McGraw and Board of Education President Dan Vivarell who stood at center court on a freshly painted logo that will be the pride of all students. Each expressed their thanks for the families who were in attendance and they praised the diligent construction of the newest high school in Cumberland County. The school leaders also thanked the students who had chosen to take on an education that they will not regret. The school is ready to begin on Sept. 12.

During the orientation the first inaugural photo was taken in front of the school by Director of Security Andre Lopez manning the camera from a cherry picker for the overhead shot. The two-hour orientation then broke up where parents were escorted to the cafeteria and addressed by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Mario Olsen. Olsen laid out many of the wonderful things the students would be encountering throughout their high school years. One particular exciting bonus to CCTEC students is the 1:1 initiative where students will receive their own Chromebook. Many of the classes the students will be seated in will be facilitated in an electronic platform where their device will be much like their textbook.

The students were divided into their chosen career and technical programs and were lead through four stations through the school. Each group had an administrator and multiple teachers, who came voluntarily, to meet the first class of CCTEC.

The activities included locker relays which students learned how to open their personal locker. For some it was the first time they experienced the process of a combination lock and that "right of passage" into high school. The gymnasium activity was led by CCTEC's two health and physical education teachers who planned activities that students got to know their classmates in creative ways. At the conclusion of the activities the students were reunited with their parents who they took on a tour of the school and followed their personal schedule and meet some of their teachers.

The orientation was well attended and there was a lot of excitement for the start of school on Sept. 12. he

 

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