St. Clair County has Eden Career Technical Center in Ashville.
What once was called John Pope Eden Technical School is now called E-Tech. Director Christy Moore said the E-Tech team assists students in developing skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community with a high-skill, high-wage and high-demand career.
“We have revamped our academic offerings and presentation methods,” Moore said. “In order to ensure quality, innovation and rigorous standards within our academic courses, no matter the future path of students. Whether is it career, technical school, community college or university, they can confidently enter these programs and succeed.”
Moore added that all lab programs have been revamped in order to meet national standards and offer national credentials for the students. There has been an increase in dual enrollment and articulation credits offered through the programs.
“Our goal is to provide the highest quality academic and technical education possible to prepare our students for college and career paths leading to an ever-changing technical world,” Moore said. “Our center strives to promote citizenship encouraging a diverse population of students to contribute in a positive way. Our students receive occupational training, academic education, and other enrichment that assists them in developing their potential. Hopefully, this contributes to their becoming responsible and productive members of society.”
Programs offered at E-Tech for 2009-2010 include Auto and Marine Technology, Business Academy, Collision Repair, Carpentry, Welding, HVAC-R, Cosmetology, Heath Science, Information Technology, Agri-science and iCademy, a joint venture with Jeff State.
Moore said these career and technical programs are taught by instructors who have spent years training in their field of expertise to provide students with a quality and industry-ready education.
E-Tech serves students in grades 10 through 12 from the six St. Clair County High Schools — Ashville High, Moody High, Pell City High, Ragland High, Springville High and St. Clair County High in Odenville.