Tech centers to host fall fest

PARKERSBURG – Inspired by the popularity of last year’s open house, technical center officials and student have made plans for a fall festival next week.

The Wood County Technical Center and the Caperton Center for Applied Technology are holding the Fall Fest from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday at 1515 Blizzard Drive.

Lori Ullman-Wright, with the center, said this is second year students have held an open house. Last year’s event drew several hundred people.

“This allows the public to see what we have do,” she said.

The festival will feature live entertainment and free food.

The tech center has between 200 and 250 students a year, and Ullman-Wright said they receive close to 500 application from school students interested in the two-year program.

Monday’s event gives future students a chance to see what goes on. It also gives current students the opportunity to showcase their skills.

“It’s too hard to explain what we do,” said Bentley Singleton, a broadcast student.

Steven Moore, who is involved in the computers programs classes, said the tech centers’ programs are community-oriented.

“All the programs have partners in education, many of which will be involved in the demonstrations,” he said. “Each program is advisory-based.”

The tech centers has 16 programs of study and each will offer a demonstration of skills.

Moore’s computer systems programs group will host a workshop for repairs and offer to set the Wood County Schools LiveGrades system for parents.

Ullman-Wright said students come out of the two-year program with a detailed portfolio.

“It shows colleges (and employers) what they have done,” she said.