Lehigh Career & Technical Institute Wins 2024 Pacesetter School Award
Pennsylvania school honored for transforming its approach to professional development


Nashville, TN – Lehigh Career & Technical Institute in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, is the winner of a 2024 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award from the Southern Regional Education Board.

The institute was honored July 9 at SREB’s Making Schools Work Conference in Nashville.

Pacesetter Awards recognize schools that are implementing one of SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in meeting bold goals related to graduation rates, readiness for college and careers, and credential attainment.

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute implements SREB’s school improvement design for technology centers. The school has developed a model for student achievement and career pathways that allows for continuous improvement.

Recognizing the importances of maintaining a connection with rapidly evolving industries, Lehigh has collaborative professional learning sessions that not only allocate time for professional development but also incorporate industry tours for teachers.

By actively participating in these tours, teachers not only enhance their knowledge but also establish valuable connections, to support the diverse needs of their students. This initiative reflects the school’s commitment to bridging the gap between academia and industry and enriching the learning experience for students.

SREB’s Making Schools Work Conference is held annually and provides educators with opportunities to participate in professional development, network with colleagues from across the country and build school and district leadership capacity.

Contact: Janita Poe, SREB News Manager, at Janita.Poe@sreb.org or 404-879-5516, ext. 216

The Southern Regional Education Board works with states, districts and schools to improve education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education and the workforce. An interstate compact and a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.