P. Kenneth Kryder, joins Columbia-Montour AVTS as the Administrative Director. Prior to his appointment Mr. Kryder served as East Campus Principal at Berks Career and Technology Center for two years, served as Director of Career & Technical Education/Adult Education at Keystone Central School District for two and a half years and taught the Electronics Technology Program at KCSD CTC for sixteen and a half years. Preceding Mr. Kryder’s educational career, he spent 15 years working in various occupational and technical fields in the private sector including: construction, electrical occupations, electro-mechnical maintenance, electronics technology, and engineering design.
A firm believer in lifelong learning, Mr. Kryder’s educational background began as a high school vocational education student when he earned is Certificate in Electrical Construction from the Williamsport Area Community College in 1983 and earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology in 1986. After several years in industry, Mr. Kryder’s passion for education grew and he began teaching as an adjunct faculty for Pennsylvania College of Technology. In 2002 Mr. Kryder earned his permanent Teaching Certificate in Vocational Education and later graduated from the Pennsylvania State Univeristy with his Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development, Industrial Education. Mr. Kryder is a certified career and technical educator in Electrical Occupations, Electronics Technology, Construction Trades, Electro-Mechanical Technology, Technology Education and Cooperative Education. In 2013 Mr. Kryder graduated with his M.Ed. in Workforce Education and Development earning both a Vocational Director Certificate and a Principal K-12 certificate. Mr. Kryder earned his Post Master’s Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent in 2018 and is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at Point Park University.
Mr. Kryder’s teaching experience began in 1993 as an adjunct electrical and workforce development instructor at the Pennslyvania College of Technology. In 1999, Ken began his full-time teaching as an Electronics Technology teacher at Keystone Central Career and Technology Center. Accomplishments during his teaching career include: Outstanding Voccational Teacher Award in 2001 and 2003, Pennsylvania ACTE, Electronics Technology Exemplary Program Award in 2007, PA BCTE Best Practice for Dual Enrollment Program in 2011, DEP Grant reciepient in 2011 and 2012. Mr. Kryder also served the district as a PA Keystone Technology Integrator, Skills USA Club Advisor, High Tech Club Advisor, Blackboard Lead Teacher, Grading Policy Committee Member, Engineering Department Program Leader, SAP Team Member, Union Representative and PDE APE Review Team member. In 2014-2015 Mr. Kryder taught educational leadership classes for Pennsylvania State University Workforce Education and Development as an adjunct faculty.
As an educational leader at Keystone Central CTC, Mr. Kryder led the comprehensive planning process, led and implemented Chapter 339 audit process ,served on the policy review committee, worked on numerous grants, expanded post-secondary partnerships, articulation agreements and dual enrollment agreements, for which the CTC received a NC3T Best Practice for the its Dual Enrollment Program in January 2018. At Berks CTC, Mr. Kryder provided instructional leadership, established a new Heavy Equipment Operators Program, served on the steering committee for the 2019 Berks County Argricultural Education Summit in conjunction with Pennsylvania State University Extension, served as a Middle States Review team member. Also, while Mr. Kryder was prinicipal, BCTC East Campus received the Career and Technical Education Excellence Award in 2019 and 2020 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Mr. Kryder maintains membership in several educational organizations including:The Pennsylvania Association of Secondary Principals, the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Educators, the Association for Career & Tehnical Education, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Pennsylvania State University and Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society.