The Wilson Center for Career and Technical Education

In December 2010, Employment Resources Incorporated (ERI) opened our new 3,500 square foot career and technical education center as part of ERI’s Gladys H. Oberle School.  In the beginning, the center trained has students in two areas; small engine repair (lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc.) and bicycle repair and maintenance.

ERI conducted a Needs Assessment Survey in 2012 regarding career and technical education training.  Based on the survey results, we determined the need for a Culinary Arts Program.  When planning began for the program, our staff wanted to make sure a new state-of-the-art facility would provide an excellent classroom environment, and hot lunches for the students.

ERI was very fortunate when a generous donation was made by Joe and Mary Wilson to fund the project. ERI decided to honor the local businessman and his wife by naming the center The Wilson Center for Vocational Studies.  In 2017, the name was changed to The Wilson Center for Career and Technical Education. On April 10, 2013, a ribbon cutting and sign unveiling ceremony was held followed by a reception to honor the Wilson family.

On April 29, 2013 the first hot lunch prepared in the new kitchen was served to students and staff at the Oberle School. Culinary Arts Program now utilizes the new kitchen facility and a remodeled classroom to conduct the instructional component of the program. The Oberle School’s Cooking Club is utilizing the new kitchen space and is holding club meetings in the facility.

In 2015, students and staff in the Culinary Arts Program began showcasing their new facility and culinary talents by hosting a breakfast for the Rappahannock Rotary Club serving over 100 members and a luncheon for the Stafford Rotary Club serving 50+ meals.

The school was very fortunate to hire two qualified gentlemen to run the career and technical education center for the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Tom Stevenson and Mr. Kermit Davis oversee our Carpentry & Building Trades Program. Mr. Stevenson teaches carpentry and small engine repair and Mr. Davis teaches electricity and HVAC systems.

The school

For more information on all of ERI’s career and technical programs, please contact Mr. Stevenson at 540-372-6710, ext. 157, or Mr. Davis at ext. 175,