What is Excel TECC?
Excel TECC is an innovative career preparatory program that is made available to SEL and surrounding school districts. The primary objective of Excel TECC is to prepare students to enter a four year college, two year technical school or a career of their choice.
In addition to our SEL students, the Excel TECC program serves students from Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, Orange, Richmond Heights, Solon and West Geauga. There are 22 unique programs available to Excel TECC students.
What is Tech Prep?
The first major difference between the Tech Prep concept and traditional education is summed up by the word relevance. At Excel TECC, students are learning math, English and science right along with job skills. However, these core subjects are related directly to the students' career choice. By making these subjects relevant to the students' career interest, their interest in the core subject matter explodes. Students are ready to think through and solve problems similar to those they will encounter in the work place.
The second major difference is integration. The program is a joint effort between Excel TECC, Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College and local industry. Committees made up of representatives from each of these bodies met to decide exactly what the students need to learn and how well they need to know each individual competency.
Where is Excel TECC?
The office of Excel TECC is housed at Mayfield High School. However, each participating district houses different programs available through Excel TECC. For example, the Cosmetology program is based at Brush High School whereas the Culinary Arts program is based at Beachwood High School. Students interested in Performing Arts attend the program at Chagrin Falls High School and those interested in Biotechnology study at Cuyahoga Community College. The program is truly a joint effort collaboration of the participating districts.