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BuildingThe Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center will provide career and technical education for professional success within a curriculum framework that reflects the relevancy of our times, industry and needs of our community.

The 2016 graduation rate of students taking career technical education classes was 97.75 percent – 17 to 18 percent more likely to receive their diploma than a high schooler not enrolled at the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center, according to Director Charles Kinsey.

“These people are skilled to find employment if they choose,” Kinsey noted. “A student may go on to become a doctor or a brain surgeon. That doesn’t mean he or she is not going to need to wire electrical in his or her house or put up sheet rock. Come and learn to be a carpenter. That’s an excellent skill that can put you through medical school.”

The TCC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, historical records state. And for the first time, the center shares a site with the high school, giving local Poplar Bluff students a chance to take courses in the afternoon, if there are any vacancies, Kinsey speculates.

The TCC has also received $160,000 worth of new equipment for this year, $117,000 of which came from the annual Vocational Enhancement Grant program under the federal Perkins Act. Among other items, such as a CAD program for carpentry students to design houses, a 30-by-60-foot greenhouse will be constructed on campus.

Kinsey was an agriculture education instructor for several years before taking the helm of director. He is a product of career tech education. “This particular position for me is my dream job,” he said. “It’s what I’m here to do.”

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