Department of Career and Technical Studies (DCTS)

PSEA's Department of Career and Technical Studies (DCTS) is composed of Career and Technical Education teachers. DCTS executive board members are appointed by region presidents to serve as region representatives. The executive board also includes representatives from the seven sections of Career and Technical Education: Agriculture Education, Business Education, Distributive Education, Health Occupations, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education, and Trade/Industrial Education.

DCTS identifies and addresses the concerns and issues which affect the professions of educators in these disciplines. These issues include the Carl D. Perkins Act, vocational certification, NOCTI testing, CTE State Subsidy funding, and other legislative issues that affect career and technical education. The DCTS president is a non-voting member of the PSEA Board of Directors.

DCTS Executive Board:

Central Region
Dorothy Liller, Altoona High School

Central-Western Region
David Dayok, Somerset County Technical Center EA

Eastern Region
Chris Nappi, Berks Career and Technology Center

Mideastern Region

Midwestern Region

Northeastern Region
Timothy M. Moher, Abington Heights High School

Northwestern Region

Southeastern Region
Phil Fuchs, Chester County IU #24

Southern Region
Thomas Ferrari, Ephrata Middle School 

Southwestern Region
Brian Pegg, Central Westmoreland CTC EA

Western Region
Cynthia Wittman, Forbes Road CTC EA

Agriculture Ed.
Lisa Hochreiter, Warwick Senior High School

Business Ed.
Gloria Weyand, Somerset Community Technology Center

Distributive Education
John Shaner, Lehigh Career & Tech Center

Family and Consumer Sciences
Dorothy Liller, Altoona High School  

Health Occupations

Technology Education
Thomas Ferrari, Ephrata Middle School 

Trade and Industrial
David Namey (President), Wilkes-Barre Area CTC EA

PSEA-Retired Liaison
John Gomolak (Past President), Westmoreland County PSEA-Retired

Staff Consultant
Jeff Grinaway, Midwestern Region, New Castle

2013-2014 Meetings
The Department Executive Board (region reps and section chairs) is scheduled to meet on the following committee weekends; October 4-5, 2013 and January 17-18, 2014. Section groups meet November 15-16, 2013 and a combined Executive and Sections meeting on April 25-26, 2014 .

Department Focus
Because all committees/departments/boards are part of PSEA’s strategic planning process, each must submit an annual action plan outlining their activities at the state, region and local levels for the year.

For the 2013-14 school year, DCTS has outlined the following:


  • DCTS will monitor legislation and initiatives that pertain to career and technical education and provide information to DCTS representatives and to appropriate PSEA staff.  DCTS and PSEA staff are working closely with the Bureau of Career and Technical Education as they move forward with their professional development initiatives designed to improve student scores and close the achievement gap for CTE students across Pennsylvania.
  • Monitor and advocate for increases in the yearly federal budget allocations as it applies to the federal Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
  • Through PSEA, DCTS will seek to pass legislation which will extend the time allotted to achieve Vocational II certification; from 6 years to 8 years.
  • Advocate for increases in the state Vocational Subsidy. 








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