On Oct. 24, Roane-Jackson Technical Center was once again bursting at the seams with colorfully costumed characters during Tech-or-Treat, the school’s festive annual fall community event. More than 1,600 attendees turned out to enjoy a beautiful autumn evening teeming with activities, from traditional trunk-or-treating and old-fashioned games, to apple butter making and chainsaw carving demonstrations.

Children of all ages took advantage of personalized face painting and nail polishing, expertly applied by RJTC Cosmetology students. Lucky cake walk competitors carried away more than 150 deliciously decorated cakes and cupcakes created by ProStart Restaurant Management students. Families were treated to more than 500 jars of homemade apple butter, also crafted in Mr. Clarence Canterbury’s ProStart program. Kids created seasonal make-and-take crafts with the help of Careers in Education students, scrambled up the Army National Guard’s rock wall, fashioned colorful masks, and even braved a visit to the newly designed spooky house, imagined, assembled and hosted by students and instructors in Robotics, CAD, PC Repair, and Coding, App and Game Design.

For the fourth consecutive year, Tech-or-Treat admission and all activities were made available to the public free of charge through the efforts of Roane-Jackson Technical Center’s administration, staff, and students, as well as the generosity of local businesses, volunteers, and individual sponsors. This event grows larger each year with instructors and students from all program areas at RJTC contributing to its success. Plan to attend next year’s Tech-or-Treat for some serious fall fun and to learn more about the programs and services Roane-Jackson Technical Center offers the communities it serves year-round.