Raisor named new principal at area technology center

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By Dave Taylor

The News-Democrat

Veteran business and technology instructor Crystal Raisor has been hired as principal of the Carroll County Area Technology Center.

The school serves students from Carroll and Trimble counties, as well as Gallatin and Owen school districts. Raisor takes over a position that has been vacant since Jennifer Stafford resigned at the end of December 2008 to take a position in Frankfort. Raisor’s first day on the job as principal was Thursday, April 16.

“Carroll County ATC is a great school with an outstanding staff,” Raisor said following announcement of her promotion. “I am excited about my new leadership position and the opportunity to positively influence students beyond my classroom. I look forward to working collaboratively with the four districts and the community we serve to improve awareness of our Kentucky Tech programs.”

The principal position is hired by the state, according to Raisor. “However, the interview committee is composed of representatives from the community and each of the feeder districts that CCATC serves,” she said.

Raisor began her career as a substitute teacher in the Carroll County school district, following her graduation from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of science degree in business education in 1997. While at NKU, Raisor completed her Level I Principal Certificate. She plans to finish her Level II and earn her Rank I this summer.

She began teaching business and office technology courses at CCATC in 1998, earning the coveted Kentucky Tech Program of the Year award in 2003.

“This year, my teaching schedule included: Accounting, business communication, desktop publishing, office procedures, multimedia publishing, and coordinating the cooperative education program for CCATC,” she said Friday.

Working as the school’s cooperative education coordinator enabled Raisor to help build partnerships between ATC programs, students and business and industry leaders. As a result, she said she gained a broad understanding of the programs and has personally seen students apply their technical skills training in many work-based learning experiences.

“Work-based learning builds the bridge between learning and real world application,” Raisor said. “Technical programs provide students with rigorous and relevant hands-on instruction that allows them to see the connection between academic core content, technical training and the workforce.”

Raisor also understands the importance of student organizations. She was involved with FBLA and Phi Beta Lambda as a student and served as an FBLA advisor.

She believes students acquire leadership, communication and team skills through student organizations.

 “When I think of an ATC, I think of academics, technical training, and career opportunities aligned for student success,” said Raisor.

Raisor has been married to husband Steve for nine years. They have a cat named Magnum and bassett hound named Clover. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys playing piano, reading, sewing and traveling, according to a Carroll County Schools news release.

With a current enrollment of 325 students, CCATC offers a variety of technical programs for students, according to the facility’s Web site, www.ccatc.carroll.kyschools.us. Eight career majors are offered which emphasize state-of-the-art technology including automotive technology, carpentry, health sciences, information technology, industrial chemical, industrial maintenance, office technology, and welding.

Within each of the programs are dual credit agreements with local and state colleges, allowing students to earn both high school and college credits for the classes successfully completed.