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:
David Dayok, Somerset County Technical Center EA
Chris Nappi, Berks Career and Technology Center
Phil Fuchs, Chester County IU #24
Southern Region/Technology Ed.
Kenneth Myers, Conewago Valley EA
Brian Pegg, Central Westmoreland CTC EA
Cynthia Wittman, Forbes Road CTC EA
Family and Consumer Sciences
Martha Diamond (Vice President), Lawrence County Vo Tech EA
Trade and Industrial
David Namey (President), Wilkes-Barre Area CTC EA
John Gomolak (Past President), Westmoreland County PSEA-Retired
Jeff Grinaway, Midwestern Region, New Castle
The Department Executive Board (region reps and section chairs) is scheduled to meet on the following committee weekends; September 21-22, 2012 and January 18-19, 2013. Section groups meet November 16-17, 2012. There will be a combined Executive and Sections meeting on May 10-11, 2013.
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 2012-13 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.
- Working with PDE via PaTTAN to provide valid examples of CTE performance for the rubric in the new teacher evaluation form.