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The Sentinel Online - Cumberland County, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania, PA, 2 April 2003 [cached]
Frank August, the director of the Center for Careers and Technology at Carlisle High School, says the hazardous materials course will last four hours per session.
August says he is looking into the possibility of offering daytime training to Carlisle's vo-tech students enrolled in the auto and construction programs "because of the chemical proponents involved in both."
Summer 2004 is when the real fun begins.
Contractors face skilled labor shortage - October 9, 2004, 9 Oct 2004 [cached]
The Carlisle Center for Career and Technology within the Carlisle Area has a carpentry program that is "busting out at the seams," said Frank August, director of the Carlisle Area School District's vocational program.
The program is operated as an apprenticeship affiliated with the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Flexibility has been built into the program to allow Carlisle area students to obtain up to four years of training prior to graduation, the director said.
August adds that he also receives calls from contractors who want to hire qualified students to fill job openings.
The Perry County Weekly, 18 Sept 2004 [cached]
"Parents don't want their children to get their hands dirty," says Frank August, director of the Carlisle Center for Career and Technology.
"We're talking five figures -- $40,000 to $60,000 a year -- for a trained craftsman willing to go where the work is," says Frank August, director of the Carlisle Center for Career and Technology.
The Sentinel Online - Cumberland County, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania, PA, 21 June 2003 [cached]
Carlisle Area School District's Frank August agrees.
"The four-year degrees are not necessarily what businesses are looking for," says August, director of the Center of Careers and Technology at the school.
"That's a very expensive road to take," August says.
The Sentinel Online - Cumberland County, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania, PA, 20 Jan 2003 [cached]
After nearly three decades in the Carlisle Area School District, Frank August is the new director of the Center for Careers and Technology. (Jason Minick/The Sentinel)
Vocational director adjusting to new role
August, 56, has worked in the district since 1975, when he was first hired as a teacher in the vocational education program.After shifting into several administrative roles, August says he feels like he's "almost gone full circle" by taking on the administrative position that heads up the school's vocational technical program.
He left his most recent post as assistant principal at Wilson Middle School to start his new job, which began on Jan. 2.
"Right now, my goals are just to get a handle on the job and to understand the needs of the district and the students," August says."There are many facets to the job."
Also heads up adult ed
As the program's director, he is now in charge of the district's vocational program as well as its adult education program, which offers night classes.He also must work with community members, business leaders and the state Department of Education to meet their needs and standards and coordinate programs.
"As a teacher, I never understood why the vocational director was never around, but now I understand why," August says of his busy job.
One change he is hoping to implement right away concerns eighth-grade tours of the vocational technical unit.In recent years, he says, the students have been brought "four days in a row.It's disruptive to the classes here, and I know from working in the middle schools that it's disruptive for them, too."
Instead, he hopes to take on one eighth-grade team each week to provide scheduling flexibility for both the middle-schoolers and for the high school student guides that will take them around.
August himself will talk to students about career choices and the value of learning a skill."You'll never lose it," he says."I learned to be a mason and a brick layer, and I've never lost that skill.I can still do it.I may have slowed down a little, but I can do it."
The vocational program offers courses in business, communications, computer technology, human services and industrial trades.
August got his first job in the education field in 1973 at the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, a vocational technical school in western Pennsylvania.Just two years later, he was offered a job at Carlisle.
Built masonry workshop
Having grown up in eastern Pennsylvania in Mahanoy City, August liked the idea of living closer to his hometown.He came to Carlisle and built a masonry shop with Carlisle high school students over the summer, then taught the masonry program for about 20 years.He taught the class trowel trades by getting them involved in home building projects, block laying, cement finishing and stucco work.
When the need for an assistant principal came up at Lamberton Middle School, August decided to fill in.He then returned to teaching half-time while serving as the high school's dean of students for the eleventh grade.
But August felt the divided job was not fair to his students.
He shifted through the district for the next several years, becoming the ninth-grade assistant principal for four years and the assistant principal at Wilson Middle School for three-and-a-half years.Then, he was offered the position as director of the Center for Careers and Technology.
One downside to the job, August says, is that he doesn't get to interact with students as much, although former Wilson students do come in to visit and talk to him in his office."I don't want to lose that connection," he says.
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