Monday, Governor Tim Kaine recognized Massanutten Technical as one of the best technical schools in the Commonwealth. He said his goal was to learn about the programs and take that information to help other schools around the state in an effort to produce more skilled workers in Virginia.
Ellebee Congdon cherishes her time as a student at Massanutten Technical Center.
She says, "I definitely want to work somewhere that’s a positive atmosphere like the school I'm in here, because it definitely helps when you have positive people around you that all encourage you."
Congdon is in her second year of studying cosmetology. She knows the skills she learns will help her get a job. Kaine agrees.
He says, "It’s great to come to programs like MTC and see very innovative ideas as communities come together to offer these opportunities for students."
In a visit to the school Monday, Kaine stressed the importance of technical centers.
"MTC is one of the best in the state and so I had done the graduation speech in June and I wanted to come back down and actually see the program so that I can tell some other communities that are trying to upgrade their own programs, 'Hey come look at this example,'" says Kaine.
Kaine says the number of teens graduating from technical schools in the state rises each year, as does the level of education they are receiving.
Congdon comments, "They teach us work ethics and that we have to be here every day and we have to do so much every day to be able to get our degree."
In the long run, the goal is for students, such as Congdon, to give back to the state that is giving them such a great education.
She says, "Yeah, I feel lucky. It's definitely a positive opportunity for us, and we feel lucky to have such a school to go to."