Lower Merion School District participates in programs which offer vocational-technical courses at the Central Montgomery County Vocational Technical School. Courses are scheduled for a half-day - LMSD participates in the AM program. Students attend regular classes one-half day at Harriton High School or Lower Merion High School and one-half day at the Central Montgomery County Vocational Technical School.
From the first day's orientation to graduation, students learn a broad-based technical curriculum in a relaxed and supportive environment. Having just completed a 20 million dollar renovation, Central Montco Technical High School is a first-rate facility with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. At CMTHS, a caring and highly qualified professional staff share their skills while challenging and encouraging their students. Many of the instructors have established high profiles in their fields of expertise prior to becoming teachers. Students not only get to know their teachers, but the teachers get to know them and respond to their individual needs as they extend their support and enthusiasm while preparing students for the future. The students are able to obtain a variety of state and nationally recognized certifications and licenses.
Central Montco Technical High School provides educational programs in cooperation with each member school district which will prepare students to pursue post-secondary career studies and/or obtain employment in a global economy. The educational programs are designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to become a contributing member of society in an ever-changing workforce need.
How do you get experience in your chosen field while still in school? At Central Montco Technical High School, Work-Based Studies (WBS) connects classroom learning with work-based experience and teams employers, educators, community leaders, students and parents. The Work-Based Studies Experiences at CMTHS include:
- Clinical Experiences: Non-paid, work-based experiences in hospitals, long term care facilities and day care centers.
- Internships: Paid and non-paid work-based experiences for a specified length of time.
- Cooperative Education: Program related placements that are paid, on-the-job training positions and are considered an extension of the classroom.
The timeline for placement is individualized and based on student need. Students are trained under the direct supervision of the employer and are assigned a mentor. Students' progress is monitored and evaluated by the school and the employer on a continual basis.
CMTHS provides supplementary assistance to our students who are enrolled in an approved technical program. Career evaluation, instructional counseling and placement are provided. These evaluation services are designed to provide the student with the necessary information to make a more informed career choice. An assessment counselor is also present to interpret the career interest and aptitude information about the student, and help them maximize the educational value of their chosen career or technical program. Career related math and reading instruction are also provided through Perkins funding. The academic instructional staff includes a certified math teacher and reading specialist. The math and reading programs are designed to address the needs of students in their chosen technical area and provide assistance with home school assignments.
There are 15 programs open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The programs are clustered into 4 major areas; Human Services, Communications/Computers, Transportation and Construction.
- Allied Health Technology Honors (Dual Enrollment)
- Biomedical Technology (Dual Enrollment)
- Culinary Arts/Baking & Restaurant Practices (Dual Enrollment)
- Early Childhood Education (Dual Enrollment)
- Health Occupations (Dual Enrollment)
- Pre-nursing (Dual Enrollment)
- Public Safety
- Engineering Technology/Computer Aided Design (Dual Enrollment)
- Networking Technology (Dual Enrollment)
- Visual Communications Cluster
- Commercial Art
- Digital Media
- Construction Technology
- Automotive Technology (Dual Enrolment)
- Collision Repair Technology