Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

New Tech Center to Have New Name, Curriculum

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

New Tech Center to Have New Name, Curriculum

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TUSCALOOSA | The new Tuscaloosa Center for Technology will feature a new name and a revamped curriculum when it opens in August 2013.

Kathleen Hughston, TCT's principal, presented an overview of the school's status during a Tuesday meeting of Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.

Construction of the new state-of-the-art career and technical school, which will replace the current 43-year-old facility, is well under way.

Beginning next month, the school's administration will gather input from current TCT students and the community about a name change.

"We want to see what students say about the name," Hughston said. "What do they think would be a good name and a good look for school colors? It's a good marketing/learning opportunity for them."

Hughston said the new career tech center will strive meet the demands of the local workforce and provide a rigorous program to prepare all students for careers or college. She also wants to change the school's culture and improve the image of career technical education.

The new center's proposed curriculum will use career clusters, which are related to classes grouped into one career field.

The clusters that can be formed immediately, based on the classes TCT already offers are:

- Architecture and construction.

- Agriculture, foods and natural resources.

- Transportation, distribution and logistics.

- Law, public safety, corrections and security.

- Information technology.

- Human services.

- Health sciences.

- Business management and administration.

- Arts, audio/visual technology and communications.

Although none of the proposed curriculum has been board-approved yet, Hughston is hoping to add new clusters, such as finance; hospitality and tourism; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

She said she also wants to add biomedical services classes to the health sciences cluster. Law enforcement and legal services classes could be added to the law and public safety cluster. Database design, software/JAVA programming and AP computer science classes could be added to the IT cluster.

Hughston said she also wants to develop a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program for high school. …

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