CTE Success for Alumni
At Milton Hershey School, the success of our alumni is immeasurable. After developing a technical skillset through the school’s Career and Technical Education program, many alumni are able to confidently pursue careers and achieve success in a wide range of industries.
Then: After taking classes in the Health Science career pathway at MHS, Tieya discovered her interest in nursing and became certified as a nursing assistant through the school’s specialized classes and industry-recognized certification opportunities.
Now: Tieya works as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the Northern Virginia Surgery Center.
“Everything I learned in the Health Science pathway was spot-on with the basic knowledge I learned my first year in nursing school,” Tieya said. “It was a great stepping stone. I felt very prepared for my first year of college.”
Then: Sam was inspired by the chemical engineering field when he arrived at MHS. He built on his interests by completing the Engineering and Design career pathway where he became familiar with popular computer aided design programs like AutoCad.
Now: Sam works as a chemist/chemical engineer at Sonneborn, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty hydrocarbons.
“The CTE pathway gave me problem-solving skills and [taught me] how to handle challenges,” Sam said. “Teachers would drop everything they had to mentor and guide us. You could easily see the dedication of all the teachers wanting us to be successful and laying down that challenge.”
Then: When Nora enrolled at MHS, she felt unsure of her future. After being exposed to photography, film and television through the school’s Electronic Media and Journalism career pathway, her confidence grew.
Now: Nora works in the Office of Marketing and Digital Communications at Stevenson University as a full-time videographer, photographer, and editor.
“I don’t think I would have pursued film, video, or photography if I hadn’t had those classes at MHS,” Nora said. “My eyes just wouldn’t have been open to it. I’m really grateful for that.”
Then: After joining the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Services career pathway at MHS, Johsian gained professional experience in the workplace through internship and co-op programs at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge.
Now: Johsian attended Northampton Community College for a year-long culinary program.
“I think it really helped me prepare and taught me the basic skills I needed to work in a kitchen,” Johsian said. “Some of the stuff I learned in [college], I had already learned at MHS.”
Then: Milton Hershey School’s Construction/Carpentry career pathway is where Eric found success. After graduation, he expanded on his knowledge by working in the school’s structural trades department for a year.
Now: Following his year working at MHS, Eric attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to study carpentry. Now, he works as a carpenter for a company that does residential work.
“My carpentry teacher … pushed me to become the best carpenter I could be. He knew my potential and awarded me the ‘Shop Award’ at graduation,” Eric said.
Career and Technical Education
Students receive hands-on training in our award-winning Career and Technical Education program. Learn more about the program, including specialized classes, hands-on learning experiences, and industry-recognized certification opportunities.