JEFFERSON — As an educator, it is always challenging to start a new position with a new school, but in the case of Paul Brockett, the transition to principal during the 2013-2014 school year was made a bit easier by his past associations with Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus. As a young man, Brockett attended his academic and career tech classes as a member of the C-Net program. C-Net is a program which prepares students to diagnose and address computer hardware issues.
Mr. Brockett enjoyed his time as a student of A-Tech, previously known as Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School, following his desire to understand more about the world of electronics. After graduating high school he continued his education at several different schools including earning an associate’s degree in electronic engineering at Lakeland Community College. He then developed a strong interest in the field of education. Mr. Brockett attended Kent State Ashtabula Campus and the Kent State Main Campus in Kent to earn his bachelor’s degree in vocational education. He earned his master’s degree in education at Youngstown State University.
Returning to A-Tech, Mr. Brockett accepted a position as an instructor of the very same program he studied as a student, C-NET. He said it seemed natural, as his interests in both the world of electronics and the world of education came together for him. He did well in this position for a decade, in part because he saw some of the same interests in his students as he had enjoyed when he sat in their position. His passion for education then led him to accept an offer to become the principal of Wayne County Technical Career Center. Again, he found success in this position, introducing new programs to keep grades up and developing successful working relationships with the teachers providing for a positive educational atmosphere.