In the past 50 years, BVT’s mission of producing employable young adults has not changed. What has changed dramatically, however, is the very definition of employable. Employment in high-demand, high-skill, and high-paying jobs is the destination at the end of every BVT student’s career pathway. Reaching that destination in an ever-changing and highly complex global economy requires our graduates to possess an array of specialized skills, including critical thinking, adaptability, problem solving, superb communication, and the ability to work autonomously and as a contributing member of a team.
The BVT Co-op program is an ideal opportunity for highly motivated students eager to begin working within a professional environment. Participation in the program reached new heights in the 2013–2014 school year: a total of 171 seniors and third-term juniors in good academic standing acquired career vocational technical credits and skills by working off-campus in their area of training every other week. Rather than waiting for career opportunity to knock, students in our Co-op program opened the door themselves and delve deeper into their career options.