New School Year Brings New Principal to TCHS Pickering

Technical High School offers vocational classes and the chance for high school students to get a big jump on college credits.

Principal Frank McKnight joins the TCHS Pickering Campus from Springfield School District in Delaware County (Photo Courtesy WCIU)
Principal Frank McKnight joins the TCHS Pickering Campus from Springfield School District in Delaware County (Photo Courtesy WCIU)
Chester County's Technical College High School Pickering Campus in Phoenixville has a new principal this fall.  Frank McKnight joins the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) from Springfield (Delaware County) School District, where he most recently served four years as principal of Springfield High School.

The public high school which is run by the Chester County Intermediate Unit is one of three Technical College High Schools in Chester County that offer career training to high school students who take vocational classes ranging from automotive mechanics to classroom teaching. Many students attend the school for part of the day and their home high school for more traditional academic classes for part of the school day.
Many students who live in the Phoenixville Area School District attend classes at TCHS Pickering.

According to a news release sent to Patch by the WCIU:

McKnight began his 19-year career in education after working in the accounting field. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Widener University and crunched numbers as an accountant for the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS). Soon after, McKnight tried his hand at teaching for the first time as an instructor for the American Institute of Banking. He loved it so much that, coupled with his experiences as a grade school football and basketball coach, McKnight decided that education was the career for him. He had been on the cusp of beginning an MBA program at Widener, and immediately shifted over to a master’s degree in education instead.
“I realized how much I enjoyed that moment when a students just ‘gets it,’” he said. “The satisfaction of knowing that I successfully imparted knowledge is one of the best feelings in the world.” After a few years teaching, McKnight chose to put his management background to good use as a building administrator. He served as E.T. Richardson Middle School principal for eight years, before leading Springfield High School for four years.

“Principal McKnight has extensive educational experience and worked in the business sector before coming into education,” said Dr. Kirk Williard, director of the CCIU’s division of career, technical and customized education. “This combination of skills and experiences will be an asset as he works with the students and staff to set the vision and course of implementation to move the current and new programs forward.”

Among these new programs is the partnership with Delaware County Community College (DCCC), which will begin offering late afternoon and evening classes at TCHS Pickering this fall. The College also offers classes at the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove and the Brandywine Campus in Downingtown. High school students will have the opportunity to enroll in college-level coursework at reduced rates while completing high school curriculum, jumpstarting their post-secondary education and saving money along the way.

harryfinster September 05, 2013 at 12:23 AM
the school for bad kids,located near phoenixville because thats where most of the academic dropouts are located
Bob Byrne (Editor) September 05, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Harry, this is an idiotic statement from a truly uniformed perspective. You really don't know what you're talking about and you clearly don't know what they do at this school.
harryfinster September 05, 2013 at 11:34 AM
the "tech school" is rated so low by even pennsylvainia standards, that it is the bottom 20 percent if that isnt low i dont know what is any statement that the school is anything other than a holding tank for future riff raff is propaganda
Bob Byrne (Editor) September 05, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Harry clearly you are kinda in the dark about what really goes on at the technical high schools. Your insulting swipe at the students who work hard every day to get ahead in college or technical careers has inspired me to work on a story to bring Patch readers up to speed on what's new and what's going on at TCHS Pickering. In the meantime for those who may be interested in learning more about what the Technical College High School Pickering Campus has to offer here's the link to the school's homepage: http://www.cciu.org/Domain/142 Here's a link to information about TCHS Pickering College credits. http://www.cciu.org/Page/962
harryfinster September 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
read the pennsylvainia assessment numbers ,i think psaa bottom 3% of pennsylvainia ,correct me if i am wrong
Michelle September 05, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Harry I will have you know I graduated from the tech school and became an office manager by the age of 19. My son is a senior this year and last year as a junior was in the top of his class and was chosen to go on co-op which is an honor as a junior. He worked full time over the summer as an electrician. I think your comment was not only rude but shows how ignorant of a person you really are. I suggest you maybe further your education so you may find a career and spend your time concentrating on that instead of bashing Phoenixville a town you obviously know nothing about and by the way it is PSSA testing. Bob thank you for this article and defending the wonderful students and staff at TCHS!
harryfinster September 06, 2013 at 12:00 AM
same old phoenixville bluff,personal recommendation but no numbers to back them up,if you use real numbers objectively you would find phoenixville is a big loser
harryfinster September 06, 2013 at 12:07 AM
high aspirations office manager and electrician maybe you could do burger flipping on the side to make up your low wages
Frances Stein September 06, 2013 at 07:10 AM
I think that we can all agree that harryfinster is a negative, mean-spirited, ignorant individual. Why don't we all agree to ignore his or her comments, and make him or her a persona non grata? After all, he/she never offers any solutions or reasonable alternatives to any news stories.
harryfinster September 06, 2013 at 11:19 AM
i have given you a solution,move away to the western united states where the social decay is less
Bob Byrne (Editor) September 08, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Harry- I don't think you've moved away except for maybe physically. The western United States is beautiful. Perhaps your life would be richer if you spent more time enjoying your current surroundings than spewing your poison about the place you chose to leave.
harryfinster September 08, 2013 at 12:32 PM
trying to help you people realize there is a much better life elsewhere ,dont confuse the truth with poison
harryfinster September 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p heres some truth for you


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