Covid-19 Update

As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, we do so under very difficult times as the Covid-19 Virus has really taken a toll on the entire world as we know it. No one knows how it will affect students and teachers as fall school begins. As we focus our efforts to contribute to CTE programs by offering training and other resources, we pledge to do our best under the circumstances and to follow all current social distancing, wearing of masks, keeping facilities clean and other practices that are recommended by health officials.

Teacher Workshops and Schedule

The Resource Center will schedule teacher update workshops as we have in the past. We also will have an alternate plan for any workshops that may need to be postponed. It is important that CTE teachers have opportunities to keep up with the latest industry trends. Below are our tentative workshop[s dates as well as locations. Keep in mind that we are holding most workshops later in the school year hoping that the current virus situation will be better.

  • January 21/22, 2021 – Cosmetology, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa
  • February 4/5, 2021 – Automotive / Collision Repair, Bevill State CC, Sumiton
  • February 11/12, 2021 – Electrical, Birmingham Electrical JATC, Birmingham
  • February 18/19, 2021 – Carpentry, Central Alabama Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center
  • February 25/26, 2021 – Welding, Tuscaloosa Local 372 (Note: there will be no Industry/Student event this year).

Construction Student Team Build Contest

The tentative date for the annual Team Build Contest is October 29/30, 2020, in Tuscaloosa.

The alternate date is November 5-6. The contest dates will depend on how well the Covid-19 situation may be in late fall. We are committed to hold this contest during the 2020-2021 school year if possible. If the fall dates do not work out we will look at January-February dates. Updates will be posted here as they become available.


Fall NOCTI Testing is postponed until further notice. Most likely exams will be scheduled individually; however, since we use the local library for testing we must wait until the library is back to their full-time schedule. Any teacher that needs testing in order to meet current certification should contact The Resource Center. We will do all we can to assist teachers with obtaining their test if it is required for your employment.


Workshop Photos 2018

Photos from some of our recent workshops are posted. Check out the links below.



Summer Automotive Workshop – more pictures here





Mississippi Automotive / Welding Workshops – more pictures here






Alabama Welding Workshop – more pictures here



Electrical and Industrial teachers participate in tour of KAMTEC manufacturing plant in Birmingham at 2018 Technical Update workshop.


2015 Team Design and Build Contest

Pictures from the Team Design and Build Contest held on November 13-14, 2015, at the Local 372 Apprentice Training Center in Tuscaloosa, AL.

1st-etowahFirst Place Winner – Etowah County Career Technical Center

2nd-holt-walkerSecond Place Winner – Holt High School

3rd-montgomeryThird Place Winner – Montgomery Preparatory Academy for
Career Technologies

all-studentsStudent participants and their instructors












Career and Technical Consulting

CTE Consulting that Works

The Resource Center is an educational consulting center serving career and technical education for 25 years. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to assist your school or district with strategic decision-making, program improvement, and compliance for CTE programs. We specialize in new teacher training and can assist with training new CTE instructors as they prepare to enter the classroom.

We are different in that we can we can customize training and professional development classes to meet your needs and budget. We utilize down-to-earth techniques that instructors and administrators understand. We have no “canned” programs. We develop and present what you need, not what someone else has already designed.

Our consultants have more than one hundred years’ experience coming from classroom teaching, CTE local administration, State staff, Teacher Educator and school superintendent. All of our consultants are qualified for CTE Administration and can provide short-term or temporary employment in administration.

Included among the many areas we feel confident to provide training are:

System Wide Program Analysis

  • Are your programs up to date for the local community?
  • Are your teachers fully qualified to teach today’s curriculum?
  • Is your equipment up-to-date?
  • Are your instructors up to date with their industry knowledge?

New Teacher Training (Secondary and Postsecondary)

  • Teaching Techniques for Today’s Classroom
  • Designing Instruction to Meet Industry Standards
  • How to Make Teaching Fun
  • Choosing the best way to evaluate a student
  • Implementing project based instruction
  • Working with youth organizations
  • Implementing an Advisory Committee

Preparing CTE Administrators for Their Job

  • How to Hire and Maintain Teachers
  • Building design for new schools or new programs
  • How to prepare and understand CTE lesson plans
  • Knowledge of various teacher certification exams
  • Understanding new teaching methods
  • Understand the importance of advisory committees
  • Knowledge of Perkins funding
  • Student recruitment
  • How to retain students

In addition to on-site training, the Resource Center has developed an online teacher-training program. This five-module program contains detailed information on becoming a new CTE teacher, including: Lesson Plan Development, Methods of Teaching, Teaching and Learning, Classroom and Lab Management, and Student Evaluation.

Special Workshop Requests

The Resource Center is happy to create and facilitate a workshop for your school or school system on any of the above topics or discuss a special workshop designed specifically for your instructors and programs.

Contact us by phone (205-345-2725) or email for more information.


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Onsite workshops available

The Resource Center can work with you and your teachers to conduct an onsite professional development workshop that fits your specific needs. Contact us by phone (205-345-2725) or email for more information on the workshops below, or let us customize a workshop for you.

  • New Teacher Training
    • Creating course syllabus
    • Creating course calendar
    • Utilizing advisory/craft committee
    • Preparing detailed lesson plans
    • Evaluating students
    • Preparing a Rubric for scoring
    • Learning Styles of students
    • Teaching Techniques
    • Selecting lesson delivery method
    • New and innovative ways of teaching
      • Project-based teaching
      • Contextual teaching
      • Collaborative teaching
      • Cooperative teaching
      • Probable solving
      • Decision making
      • Critical thinking
  • Integrating Industry into Career Technical Schools and Shops
    • Creating Advisory Committees that function
    • Making shops/labs reflect industry
    • Allowing industry leaders to be present in classroom/shop
  • Implementing Changes Necessary for Today’s Career Technical Education
    • Changing teaching techniques
    • Allowing students to make decisions
    • Involving industry
    • Utilizing group techniques
    • Integrating project-based teaching
    • Integrating technology into curriculum
  • What Happened to Our Career Technical Programs?
    • Why is finding qualified teachers more difficult?
    • New teachers vs. educational and training requirements
    • Keeping up to date both technically and professionally
    • What to do because funds are lacking
    • How to recruit students
    • How to retain students
  • Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
    • Why are programs disappearing?
    • Where did professionalism go?
    • Why are younger teachers not as professional as older teachers?
    • Where is your industry involvement?
    • How do you stack up with local industry?
    • How do you stack up with local community?
    • How do you stack up with local school population?
  • Project-Based Teaching
    • Value of project-based teaching
    • What is true project-based learning?
    • Why many teachers do not understand how to utilize it
    • Why should I do it?
    • When is it used?
    • How to implement it
  • The Hiring Process
    • How to hire career and technical teachers