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Career and Technical Education

What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education prepares today's students for tomorrow's opportunities. As of Dec. 2021, 53% of jobs in Pennsylvania require specific skills training. CTE instills these skills in students to help them pursue high-wage, high-demand careers important to the economy.

Radnor High School offers CTE programs through Delaware County Technical Schools (DCTS) and Technical College High School (TCHS). Each course is an extension of the RHS program and elective credits towards graduation are awarded upon completion.

If you or your child is interested in enrolling in a CTE program, see the course description below. Contact RHS Counselor Sierra Calaman for more details.

Visit the Delaware County Career and Technical School webpage.

Fast Facts About CTE in RTSD

  • Thirty-nine RHS students are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program during the 2021-22 school year in 12 different CTE programs:
    1. Animal Science
    2. Automotive Collision Technology
    3. Carpentry
    4. Commercial Art and Design Media
    5. Computer Information Systems (CIS)
    6. Cosmetology
    7. Dental Occupations
    8. Digital Media and Sound Communications
    9. Emergency and Protective Services (EMT)
    10. Engine Technology
    11. Medical Careers
    12. Multimedia and Graphic Design
  • Twenty are enrolled in a CTE program at one of 3 campuses: DCTS - Aston, DCTS - Folcroft and TCHS - Pickering.
  • Nineteen are enrolled in the DCTS Medical Careers program and participate in clinical rotations at Riddle and Bryn Mawr hospitals.

Meet Radnor's CTE Students

Daniel Bare

12th Grade, Emergency and Protective Services (EMT-Focus)

What made you want to enroll in the program? Paired with being a volunteer firefighter, it allows me to open up more opportunities in the field.

What is your favorite thing about the program? It’s cool to have a different environment during the day where I can specifically learn and practice things that have value to what I want to do as a career.

Why do you think it is the most valuable thing you have learned? I’ve learned to slow down and learn just for the joy of learning’s sake rather that just a means to an end. It’s fun to focus on an area I enjoy naturally.

Would you recommend the CTE program to other students, why? Yes, if you enjoy first responding. It really gives you the opportunity to learn in a way that you truly enjoy.

William Chavez-Lopez

What made you want to enroll in the program? I want to be able to have my own salon and do hair, nails, and makeup someday. This was a way I could learn the skills at school.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the program? I like meeting new people, and I like learning all the new skills.

Why do you think it is the most important thing you have learned from being in the program? I’ve learned what styles and shapes suit different people and are most flattering.

Would you recommend the CTE program to other students, why? I would recommend this program, because you will have a great time meeting new students from other schools and learn so much about different areas of cosmetology.

William is pictured with RHS student and classmate Vilka Hernandez.

Aaliyah Echevarria-Dorch

12th Grade, Dental Occupations

What made you want to enroll in the program? I wanted to enroll in this program because the thought of being able to help people, really drove me.

What is your favorite thing about the program? My favorite thing about the program is that you're able to learn different skills and techniques, to help you start to become successful in your career choice. This program helps you feel more comfortable and helps with your communication skills.

Why do you think it is the most valuable thing you have learned? The most important thing that I have learned from being in this program is that it’s important to be a team player, be a leader, and always be positive.

Would you recommend the CTE program to other students, why? I would recommend this program because I have learned so many different things that I am going to carry with me into my [future] career. I strongly feel that other students will be able to learn as much as I have.

Angela Guillen-Valle

12th Grade, Dental Occupations

What made you want to enroll in the program? It interested me that I could learn an actual profession rather than having a traditional high school experience. On my tour in middle school, I visited the campus and saw the classroom looked like an actual dental office which was so cool. They assimilate real-life situations in the classroom.

What is your favorite thing about the program? I really like doing things that are hands-on. Right now, I actually have a co-op where I am working at a Dental office four days a week.

Why do you think it is the most valuable thing you have learned? The most important thing that I’ve learned is professional habits to be successful in my profession. I don’t break those habits and they serve me, allowing me to have bigger opportunities.

Would you recommend the CTE program to other students, why? I do, because it gives you a stepstool to go into the profession. Even if you’re not going to be a dental assistant, it gives you a stepping stone into the dentistry field.

Making Their Mark

Radnor Seniors To Join National Technical Honor Society

Ten members of the Radnor High School Class of 2022 will be honored for their achievement and leadership in career and technical education.

Seniors Victoria De Freitas, Isabelle Deputy, Ridhima Jain, Kaitlyn Lee, Lia Lenthall-Cleary, Alison Miltenberger, Prabhgun Oberoi, Grace Purcell, Anna Ramesh, and Lauren Sciuchetti will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at a March 23 ceremony at the Delaware County Technical School's (DCTS) Aston, PA campus. All students are currently enrolled in the DCTS Medical Careers program.

The mission of the NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.

Testimonials

I would recommend the CTE program. There are a lot of good people and resources here. It’s a really good place! 

TCHS Student, Commercial Art and Design Media

I would recommend the CTE program because there are a ton of options...The classes are small and I feel like my teachers really care about us. 

TCHS Student, Engine Technology

The most important thing I have learned from the program is to have patience or otherwise I might have unexpected results. 

TCHS Student, Automotive Collision Technology

I enrolled in the program because I find welding very interesting. 

TCHS Student, Automotive Collision Technology

My favorite thing about being in the program is learning about things that I enjoy...I’m learning things that I am choosing to learn that I know will help me later in life.

TCHS Student, Engine Technology

I enjoy fiddling with computers. I love that I get to meet other people who have the same interests. I also love gaining experience and getting to know how each part of a computer works. 

I would highly recommend CIS to other students who are interested in technology. [They] will gain useful skills and it will be great to add to a resume...you can list any certifications gained. Even if a student doesn't necessarily want to go into this specific field, it's still beneficial to gain the experience and have something to fall back on.Orion Kennedy, 12th-Grade, Computer Information Systems (CIS)