The Sanford School Board in Sanford, Maine recently unanimously approved a name change for the Sanford Regional Vocation Center â€“ to Sanford Regional Technical Center (SRTC). Director Jim Stopa stated â€œI believe this small change to the centerâ€™s name may have big implications on how some students, parents, educators, and members of the surrounding communities will begin to â€œseeâ€ our school. But most importantly, the change in our name will reflect what is occurring daily in our classrooms and labs.”
When the Sanford Regional Vocational Center opened its doors in 1970, its primary focus was to support the mission for vocational education programs â€“ preparing students for jobs. Stopa said â€œToday, the overall educational mission of every career and technical education program is to prepare students academically and technically for opportunities in post-secondary education or entry into high-skill, high-wage, or high demand careers.â€ Among the 16 career programs offered at SRTC are engineering/robotics, information technology, media communications, and environmental science.