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Career and technical education in Pennsylvania is a dynamic path that engages learners while preparing them for both college and careers. The purpose of this website is to disseminate the promising and innovative practices taking place in PA’s career and technical centers and encourage educators to replicate ideas and share their own.

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Using School-Made Videos to Build Relationships

Posted on September 22, 2018 Categories Administrator Leadership, Communications, Engagement, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance During the 2017-2018 school year, staff members at the Career Institute of Technology (CIT) developed short videos about the CTE programs offered at the school to market … Continue reading Using School-Made Videos to Build Relationships

Chester County Technical College High School Brandywine Campus: Career and Training Fair

Posted on June 28, 2018 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus organized a Career and Training Fair for senior students. Description As part of a continuing effort to connect students with … Continue reading Chester County Technical College High School Brandywine Campus: Career and Training Fair

Using NOCTI Data to Improve Student Achievement

Posted on June 18, 2018 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Curriculum Planning, Industry Certifications, Professional Development, Video & Webinars

Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center: Career Portfolio Contest

Posted on June 5, 2018 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Seniors at Seneca Highlands CTC participated in a career portfolio contest that supported the development of the Career Education and Work Standards (CEW). Description Seneca Highlands CTC … Continue reading Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center: Career Portfolio Contest

Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center: Keeping it Simple but Effective, Incorporating Literacy and Numeracy into the CTE Classroom

Posted on June 5, 2018 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning, Math T Charts, Professional Development

At a Glance At Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC), instructors integrate CTE and academic content to help students learn and develop trade-specific literacy and numeracy skills and help … Continue reading Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center: Keeping it Simple but Effective, Incorporating Literacy and Numeracy into the CTE Classroom

Mercer County Career Center: Preparing Students for the National Career Readiness Certificate

Posted on June 5, 2018 Categories Employability Skills, Industry Certifications, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Postsecondary Transitions

At a Glance Mercer County Career Center (MCCC) students may use the World Wide Interactive Network (WIN), an online, self-paced curriculum designed to prepare students for the WorkKeys Assessments. Description … Continue reading Mercer County Career Center: Preparing Students for the National Career Readiness Certificate

Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge Campus: 5th Grade Career Exploration Activity

Posted on May 23, 2018 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance To help fifth grade students understand the relationship between personal interests, education, training and the world of work, a career exploration event was organized and facilitated by … Continue reading Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge Campus: 5th Grade Career Exploration Activity

Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: Inspiration on the Walls

Posted on May 23, 2018 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Career Information and Exploration, Communications, Student Engagement

At a Glance Inspirational displays intended to motivate students fill the walls at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center (LCCTC). Description Staff at LCCTC create eye-catching displays about students’ academic … Continue reading Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: Inspiration on the Walls

Technical College High School – Pickering: Advanced Manufacturing Premier Event

Posted on May 17, 2018 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, NOCTI Prep, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Technical College High School-Pickering (TCHS-Pickering) hosted the Advanced Manufacturing Premier (AMP) event for students and families to educate them about the benefit of pursuing a career in … Continue reading Technical College High School – Pickering: Advanced Manufacturing Premier Event

A.W. Beattie: HVAC-R Expo

Posted on May 14, 2018 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Steamfitters Union Local 449 organized an opportunity for students and their parents to learn more about jobs and training options. Description Current and former students and their … Continue reading A.W. Beattie: HVAC-R Expo

A.W. Beattie: Summer Camps

Posted on May 14, 2018 Categories Career Information and Exploration, Parent Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance A.W. Beattie Career Center offers summer career camps for rising 6th through 9th grade students. Description A.W. Beattie Career Center offers 13 summer career camps to rising … Continue reading A.W. Beattie: Summer Camps

Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School: NOCTI Assessment Support for Students with IEPs

Posted on April 23, 2018 Categories NOCTI Prep, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance Admiral Peary Area Vocation Technical School (APAVTS) students with IEPs are offered a range of support services to help prepare for the NOCTI assessments. These ongoing services … Continue reading Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School: NOCTI Assessment Support for Students with IEPs

Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center: Effective Occupational Advisory Committees

Posted on April 23, 2018 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Occupational Advisory Board

At a Glance Cosmetology instructors at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (CWCTC) take important steps to ensure the cosmetology program has an effective Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC). Description Knowing … Continue reading Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center: Effective Occupational Advisory Committees

Steel Center: College/Career Action Planning

Posted on April 23, 2018 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Each year, students work on a personalized career-planning document; senior students complete a College/Career Action Plan before graduation. Origin / Implementation Students have several opportunities to explore … Continue reading Steel Center: College/Career Action Planning

Schuylkill Technology Center: School Climate Initiative

Posted on April 23, 2018 Categories At Risk Students, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance In 2016, Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) implemented the School Climate Initiative based on the work of the National School Climate Center (NSCC). The School Climate Initiative is … Continue reading Schuylkill Technology Center: School Climate Initiative

Western Montgomery County Career and Technology Center: Utilizing Recruitment Strategies and Brand Exposure Techniques to Increase Enrollment

Posted on April 23, 2018 Categories Communications, Parent Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance At Western Montgomery County Career and Technology Center (WMCTC), the administrative team and faculty implemented innovative recruitment and marketing strategies to support student enrollment. Description In 2010 … Continue reading Western Montgomery County Career and Technology Center: Utilizing Recruitment Strategies and Brand Exposure Techniques to Increase Enrollment

Regional Professional Development for Homeland Security Instructors

Posted on April 10, 2018 Categories Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance In response to a decline in students’ NOCTI performance, a multi-school, collaborative approach to professional learning was organized for instructors in one program area. Description Following a … Continue reading Regional Professional Development for Homeland Security Instructors

Upper Bucks County Technical School: NOCTI Preparation and Support for Students with IEPs

Posted on March 21, 2018 Categories NOCTI Prep, Professional Development, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance All students at Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS) are provided multiple levels of support to help them prepare for the NOCTI exams. Students with IEPs are … Continue reading Upper Bucks County Technical School: NOCTI Preparation and Support for Students with IEPs

Improving NOCTI Scores at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center

Posted on March 21, 2018 Categories NOCTI Prep, Professional Development, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance To prepare students for the NOCTI assessment, Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center (WMCTC) administrators and instructors conduct data analysis to identify areas in need of improvement, … Continue reading Improving NOCTI Scores at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center

Improving NOCTI Scores at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School

Posted on March 21, 2018 Categories NOCTI Prep, Professional Development, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance The faculty of Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School implements data-driven instruction and test preparation strategies to help ready students for end-of-program assessments. Description At CPAVTS, the … Continue reading Improving NOCTI Scores at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School

Franklin CTC’s Support for Students with IEPs

Posted on February 28, 2018 Categories Professional Development, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance Franklin County Career & Technology Center (FCCTC) students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) receive ongoing support to help prepare for the NOCTI assessment. Description FCCTC Assistant Administrative … Continue reading Franklin CTC’s Support for Students with IEPs

Northern Westmoreland CTC 30-Hour OSHA Training

Posted on January 29, 2018 Categories Employability Skills, Industry Certifications, Occupational Advisory Board, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Northern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center (NWCTC) offers the OSHA 30-Hour safety training to students in construction/manufacturing programs. Upon successful completion of the course, students have a … Continue reading Northern Westmoreland CTC 30-Hour OSHA Training

Keystone Central CTC: Penn College NOW Dual Enrollment

Posted on January 23, 2018 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Keystone Central Career and Technology Center (KCCTC), and other schools in Keystone Central School District (KCSD), participate in the Penn College NOW program, which provides high school … Continue reading Keystone Central CTC: Penn College NOW Dual Enrollment

Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School: Zombie Apocalypse Recruitment Day

Posted on January 23, 2018 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS) hosts an innovative recruitment day for middle school students to teach them about the opportunities available at the CTC. To engage students … Continue reading Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School: Zombie Apocalypse Recruitment Day

Southwest Regional Carpenter Apprenticeship Seminar

Posted on January 23, 2018 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, Employability Skills, NOCTI Prep, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Through collaboration among eight CTCs in southwest Pennsylvania and the Carpenters Apprentice Union, senior carpentry students attend the Annual Carpenter’s Apprentice Training Career Connection Seminar. Students spend … Continue reading Southwest Regional Carpenter Apprenticeship Seminar

Mercer County Career Center: STRIVE Positive Behavior Program

Posted on January 23, 2018 Categories At Risk Students, Classroom Management, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Mercer County Career Center (MCCC) implemented STRIVE, a Positive Behavior Expectations program for all students, to create a supportive environment for learning. Description The MCCC administration wanted … Continue reading Mercer County Career Center: STRIVE Positive Behavior Program

Parkway West CTC: Promotion Video

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Communications, Recruitment and Retention

Parents, potential students and other community stakeholders can learn more about Parkway West Career & Technology Center by viewing a professionally made video on the school’s website homepage. It is … Continue reading Parkway West CTC: Promotion Video

Motivating Students to Succeed

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Parkway West Career & Technology Center (PWCTC) partners with Guardian Storage, a local company, to implement The Challenge Program, Inc. The program aims to support education and … Continue reading Motivating Students to Succeed

Emergency Procedures Video for Staff

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Communications, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

At a Glance To help new employees better understand the emergency procedures at Indiana County Technology Center, students in the Digital Media program developed a video that covers what new … Continue reading Emergency Procedures Video for Staff

Credit Recovery

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories At Risk Students, Classroom Management, Student Engagement

At a Glance To support students who might withdraw from a CTE program, Northern Westmoreland CTC (NWCTC) reimburses students for academic credit recovery during a summer school program if students … Continue reading Credit Recovery

Student Mentors

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Classroom Management, NOCTI Prep, Student Engagement

At a Glance At the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County (CTCLC), Welding Technology instructor Kyle Linko selects upperclassman to serve as mentors to new students. Description In 2014, Mr. … Continue reading Student Mentors

Career Development Workshop

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, Employability Skills, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center (GJCTC) students attended a career development workshop that addressed how to plan for future career success. Description In April of 2017, … Continue reading Career Development Workshop

“Pink Out Week”

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, NOCTI Prep, Student Engagement

At a Glance Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC) Cosmetology students participate in “Pink Out Week” during which they provide Cosmetology services to elementary school students to raise money … Continue reading “Pink Out Week”

NOCTI Simulation, Intervention and Reflection

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories NOCTI Prep, Student Engagement

At a Glance Administrative Assisting students at JP McCaskey High School complete five practice NOCTI simulations. They and their parents receive their scores and general NOCTI information to help them … Continue reading NOCTI Simulation, Intervention and Reflection

Dauphin County Technical School: Student Culminating Career Portfolio

Posted on December 22, 2017 Categories Classroom Assessments, Curriculum Planning, Employability Skills, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance As part of the Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) curriculum, each student is expected to complete a Culminating Career Portfolio by the end of senior year. The … Continue reading Dauphin County Technical School: Student Culminating Career Portfolio

North Montco Technical Career Center: Personalized Learning Project

Posted on December 8, 2017 Categories Classroom Management, NOCTI Prep, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Professional Development, Student Engagement

At a Glance Supported by a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Personalized Learning Grant, North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) implemented an innovative personalized learning paradigm that leverages digital technology … Continue reading North Montco Technical Career Center: Personalized Learning Project

Warren County Career Center: Partnership with Local Police Department

Posted on December 8, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, NOCTI Prep, Project-based Learning, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Through a partnership with the local police department, welding students at Warren County Career Center (WCCC) gain relevant work experience as they complete several hands-on projects for … Continue reading Warren County Career Center: Partnership with Local Police Department

Parkway West CTC Recruitment Plan and Activities

Posted on December 7, 2017 Categories Communications, Parent Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance As part of its comprehensive recruitment plan, Parkway West Career & Technology Center hosts career exploration days for prospective students. (The school’s Recruitment Plan is provided at … Continue reading Parkway West CTC Recruitment Plan and Activities

Carbon Career and Technical Institute: Non-Traditional Student Recruitment Video

Posted on November 9, 2017 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Communications, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement, Video & Webinars

In fall 2017, CCTI developed an engaging 13-minute video to support non-traditional student recruiting efforts. View the video here.

A. W. Beattie Career Center’s Interactive Career Day for Fifth Grade Students

Posted on November 6, 2017 Categories Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

In October 2017, fifth grade students in the A. W. Beattie Career Center region experienced an interactive career day thanks to CTC and surrounding high school students. See the attached … Continue reading A. W. Beattie Career Center’s Interactive Career Day for Fifth Grade Students

Developing a School wide Professional Development Plan

Posted on September 22, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Professional Development

This guide draws upon the collective professional experience and knowledge of the instructional Support and Guidance PLC members as presented during PLC meetings and in online discussion forums. The guide … Continue reading Developing a School wide Professional Development Plan

Student Recruitment and Enrollment Strategies

Posted on September 22, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Recruitment and Retention

The material presented in this guide draws upon the collective professional experience and knowledge of the Instructional Support and Guidance PLC members as presented during PLC meetings and in online … Continue reading Student Recruitment and Enrollment Strategies

Industry-recognized Credentials for Career and Technical Education Programs

Posted on September 22, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Industry Certifications

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE), has compiled this resource guide, whichlists industry-recognized credentials for career and technical education programs in Pennsylvania’s career clusters. The resource guide is designed to assist schools with the process of identifying organizations that provide industry-recognized credentials. The guide is organized by career cluster. Download guide HERE.

Teacher Strategies to Improve Student Performance

Posted on September 22, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Curriculum Planning, NOCTI Prep, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

Research has proven that consistent teacher effort to utilize proven strategies will make significant improvements in student performance. A series of small curriculum planning and instructional delivery changes made by … Continue reading Teacher Strategies to Improve Student Performance

Career and Technical Education Leadership Connections: A Guide to Effective Working Relationships

Posted on September 20, 2017 Categories Accountability & Data Use, BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports

The foundation of a successful CTE program starts with local leadership. The purpose of this guidebook is to share ideas and practical examples of “promising practices” that CTC leadership stakeholders … Continue reading Career and Technical Education Leadership Connections: A Guide to Effective Working Relationships

Five Innovative Practices Taking Place in PA’s CTCs

Posted on September 11, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Communications, Curriculum Planning, Professional Development, Student Engagement

The programs profiled in this guide represent a variety of initiatives and opportunities for students to take advantage of the training and preparation offered by CTE, which offers more than … Continue reading Five Innovative Practices Taking Place in PA’s CTCs

Making the Most of a Business-Education Partnership Grant

Posted on September 11, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

Eight CTCs partnered with their Workforce Development Boards to expand career development. Learn more about the important and innovative ways they utilized this funding. Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technical Center … Continue reading Making the Most of a Business-Education Partnership Grant

An Introduction to Working with English Language Learners in CTE

Posted on September 11, 2017 Categories Classroom Management, English Language Learners, Professional Development, Video & Webinars

This 30-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation was developed as a professional learning resource for CTE teachers and staff who have little experiences teaching students with limited English proficiency. View video HERE.

Career Readiness in Pennsylvania

Posted on September 11, 2017 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Communications, Postsecondary Transitions, Professional Development, Video & Webinars

As part of a federal grant application, Team Pennsylvania created this informative four-minute video.

Supporting Career and Technical Education Students’ Transition to College and Career

Posted on September 11, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Career Information and Exploration, Postsecondary Transitions, Professional Development, Student Engagement

To help students make a successful transition to college and career, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators at many Pennsylvania’s career and technical centers (CTCs) are providing explicit and innovative supports … Continue reading Supporting Career and Technical Education Students’ Transition to College and Career

Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) Guide

Posted on September 11, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, New Teacher Induction, Occupational Advisory Board, Professional Development

Occupational Advisory Committees provide a vital link between the Career Technical Center, and the local and regional business and industry community. Active OACs ensure the relevance of career and technical … Continue reading Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) Guide

The Value and Promise of CTE: Results from a National Survey of Parents and Students

Posted on August 9, 2017 Categories Communications, Parent Engagement, Recruitment and Retention

Gather your school’s communications team, read the report and watch the presentation. You’ll be inspired to review and improve your communications efforts! Published by Advance CTE, this presentation discusses key … Continue reading The Value and Promise of CTE: Results from a National Survey of Parents and Students

Pathways System Framework & Early Steps

Posted on July 28, 2017 Categories College and Career Pathways, Professional Development

The National Center for College and Career Transitions, or NC3T, has developed a step-by-step approach to planning and implementing an effective and sustainable Pathways System that prepares students for college, career, … Continue reading Pathways System Framework & Early Steps

Pathways Professional Development Overview

Posted on July 28, 2017 Categories College and Career Pathways, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

The following areas of sustained professional development are typically required to develop a mature pathways model. Much of this should be paid through existing professional development allocations. Expertise within the … Continue reading Pathways Professional Development Overview

How to Recruit Partners

Posted on July 28, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Occupational Advisory Board

This resource is an excerpt from Employer Engagement Toolkit, written by Brett Pawlowski and Charlie Katz. How to Recruit Partners

Five Key Employer Involvement Strategies

Posted on July 28, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Occupational Advisory Board

Share this resource with your school’s business and community partners as it provides them with a list of ways in which they can support your school. FIVE-KEY-EMPLOYER-INVOLVEMENT-STRATEGIES-6.8.15

Promising Practices Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technical Center

Posted on June 14, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

AT A GLANCE With support from Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Invest Board Partnership (WIB), Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technical Center (EWCTC) and Derry Area School District collaborated to develop the Career Pathway … Continue reading Promising Practices Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technical Center

Promising Practices LCTI and Lehigh Valley

Posted on June 14, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

AT A GLANCE Resulting in a wide range of promising practices and success stories, Lehigh Valley’s Gold Collar Workers with Gold Collar Jobs initiative is a business-education partnership developed by … Continue reading Promising Practices LCTI and Lehigh Valley

Upper Bucks County Technical School Teachers Learning Together

Posted on May 31, 2017 Categories Professional Development, Video & Webinars

Teachers at UBCTS formed a professional learning community and, as a result of monthly meetings, are expanding their instructional practices. Learn more in this recorded interview.

RISE Mentoring Program

Posted on May 31, 2017 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance The RISE mentoring program at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center (LCCTC) is designed to better prepare students for a successful transition to work and/or post-secondary education. … Continue reading RISE Mentoring Program

Remind Me App

Posted on May 31, 2017 Categories Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Guidance counselor Morgan Lynch uses the Remind Me app (https://www.remind.com/) to communicate important school information to Lawrence County Career and Technical Center students in an efficient manner. … Continue reading Remind Me App

Principal Shadow Event for Sending School Districts

Posted on May 31, 2017 Categories Professional Development, Student Engagement

At a Glance Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s Bridge Campus hosted a shadowing event for sending high school principals to learn more about the CTE programs and … Continue reading Principal Shadow Event for Sending School Districts

Chester County Technical College High School Curriculum Plan

Posted on May 31, 2017 Categories Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance As part of a curriculum initiative project, administrators and instructors at Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) developed a curriculum plan that details how to create … Continue reading Chester County Technical College High School Curriculum Plan

Veterinary Assistant Safety Program

Posted on May 31, 2017 Categories Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance The Beaver County Career and Technology Center (BCCTC) Veterinary Assistant Program utilizes a manual to ensure proper student safety. Overview Stephanie Vuckovich, instructor of the Veterinary Assistant … Continue reading Veterinary Assistant Safety Program

Work-Based Learning Toolkit

Posted on May 30, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, Professional Development, Project-based Learning, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technology offers several toolkits targeted to the needs of CTE staff. BCTE Work-based Learning Toolkit, published in early 2017, is available … Continue reading Work-Based Learning Toolkit

Communicating the Value of Career and Technology Centers to the Community

Posted on May 30, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Communications

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technology offers several toolkits targeted to the needs of CTE staff. The latest toolkit, Communicating the Value of CTE, published in … Continue reading Communicating the Value of Career and Technology Centers to the Community

Resource Energizes Technical and Academic Collaboration

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports

At a Glance Community and business involvement led to a study of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln that ignited student enthusiasm and met a school goal to increase collaboration among … Continue reading Resource Energizes Technical and Academic Collaboration

Veterinary Assistant Safety Program

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance The Beaver County Career and Technology Center (BCCTC) Veterinary Assistant Program utilizes a manual to ensure proper student safety. Overview Stephanie Vuckovich, instructor of the Veterinary Assistant … Continue reading Veterinary Assistant Safety Program

Effective Use of School Data-Driven Decision Making to Increase Student Achievement

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Accountability & Data Use

At a Glance The administration, staff, and newly created school-based data team concentrated on the effective use of data-driven decision making to improve the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s … Continue reading Effective Use of School Data-Driven Decision Making to Increase Student Achievement

National Pilot for Chick-fil-A Culinary Academy at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Industry Certifications, Postsecondary Transitions, Work-based learning

At a Glance A partnership between Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center (WMCTC) and a local Chick-fil-A restaurant developed into a national pilot. Overview When the CEO of Chick-fil-A was … Continue reading National Pilot for Chick-fil-A Culinary Academy at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center

Tiny House Project Positively Impacts Student Engagement

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning, Project-based Learning

At a Glance Construction Technical Program students participate in the “Tiny House Project,” a collaborative project spanning seven technical programs and over 200 students. Overview Students in the Construction Cluster … Continue reading Tiny House Project Positively Impacts Student Engagement

Senior Seminar at Central Montco Technical High School

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions

At a Glance Using the Career Education and Work Standards (CEW) as a guide, Senior Seminar was developed to teach career literacy to students in every program of study; course … Continue reading Senior Seminar at Central Montco Technical High School

Using Moodle as a Platform for Professional Development

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance The administration and faculty at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center (LCCTC) used the open-source learning platform Moodle (https://moodle.org/) to participate in an interactive book study on … Continue reading Using Moodle as a Platform for Professional Development

Girls’ Night Out Recruits Non-Traditional Students

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance An evening event introduces potential female students to non-traditional careers. Overview / Implementation When Director Chris Moritzen joined the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center (WMCTC) staff … Continue reading Girls’ Night Out Recruits Non-Traditional Students

Supervision Plan

Posted on May 24, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (CPAVTS) Administrative Director Justin Bruhn created a supervision plan to inform professional employees of the expectations and conditions under which they … Continue reading Supervision Plan

PASTA (Parents Appreciated by Students, Teachers, and Administration) Night

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance To thank parents for their support and to strengthen school-to-parent communication, Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) hosts a parent appreciation dinner. Overview SCTC replaced its Fall Open … Continue reading PASTA (Parents Appreciated by Students, Teachers, and Administration) Night

Evaluating Student Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning

At a Glance Lebanon County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) faculty assess students’ math and reading skills to identify students who need academic intervention to score at a ninth grade … Continue reading Evaluating Student Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Math Integration

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning

At a Glance At Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC), two certified math teachers collaborate with CTE instructors to help them integrate math concepts into lesson plans.  Overview With … Continue reading Math Integration

Using Technology to Assist Students and Instructors

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Classroom Management, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement

At a Glance At Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School (FCAVTS), the Computer Networking Technologies instructor uses technology apps and programs to assist her and to engage and motivate students. … Continue reading Using Technology to Assist Students and Instructors

Peer-to-Peer Professional Development

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance Instructors from across several career and technology centers (CTCs) participate in a joint in-service during which they share promising practices and engage in peer-to-peer professional development with … Continue reading Peer-to-Peer Professional Development

Using Visuals to Highlight Competencies and Relevancy

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance The Graphics and Electronics Media instructor at Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC) provides students with a visual display of how their assignments align to specific competencies and … Continue reading Using Visuals to Highlight Competencies and Relevancy

Effective Administrative Practices—Values

Posted on May 3, 2017 Categories Student Engagement

At a Glance With student, staff, and faculty input, the Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC) community chose five values they wanted to instill in daily school life through attractive decals … Continue reading Effective Administrative Practices—Values

Project POST (Program of Study Tool)

Posted on April 24, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance A comprehensive, simplified tool was created to answer questions Susquehanna County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC) instructors had about accountability for meeting PDE Career and Technical Education … Continue reading Project POST (Program of Study Tool)

Creating a Student-Centered Learning Environment

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Classroom Management, Curriculum Planning, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement

At a Glance Explicit assignment and task completion expectations, expanded use of technology, and creation of electronic portfolios are some of the strategies instituted by an HVAC instructor who wanted … Continue reading Creating a Student-Centered Learning Environment

Applefest Electronic Help

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Students in the electronics program at the Venango Technical Center help with electrical issues at Venango County’s annual Applefest in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Overview Students show up for … Continue reading Applefest Electronic Help

Collaborative Model for Hiring

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance In an effort to reduce turnover and hire highly qualified candidates, the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education created an extensive assessment and performance hiring process. … Continue reading Collaborative Model for Hiring

Data Mining of NOCTI Test Results

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories NOCTI Prep

At a Glance One teacher is using student results from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) to develop state-required student learning objectives (SLOs) and to inform decisions on maintaining … Continue reading Data Mining of NOCTI Test Results

Showcasing Your CTE Program

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Communications, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Staff is working to expand the program information it provides to students, parents, and building visitors. Overview To better articulate a wide variety of information specific to … Continue reading Showcasing Your CTE Program

Curriculum Plan

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance New and existing professional staff are given a comprehensive Curriculum Plan that provides specific examples of curriculum documents required for planning and preparation for each of the … Continue reading Curriculum Plan

Internship/Apprenticeship Program with City of Philadelphia Office of Fleet Management

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance Philadelphia’s Office of Fleet Management Internship and Apprenticeship Program trains and pays students to repair and maintain the city’s fleet of automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. Overview … Continue reading Internship/Apprenticeship Program with City of Philadelphia Office of Fleet Management

Using Technology to Improve Health Related Vocabulary and Concepts

Posted on April 21, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement, Technology Integration

At a Glance Students use classroom response technology to complete lessons and give the instructor immediate information about the efficacy of a lesson. Overview The Health Occupations instructor at North … Continue reading Using Technology to Improve Health Related Vocabulary and Concepts

Curriculum Resource Binder

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Curriculum Planning

At a Glance The Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (FCCTI) offers teachers a curriculum resource that walks them through the process of lesson and unit planning in order to … Continue reading Curriculum Resource Binder

Early Childhood Care and Education: Using Assessment Data to Target Letter Recognition Skills

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Employability Skills, Project-based Learning

At a Glance Early Childhood Care and Education students are using assessment data to target children’s letter recognition skills through a project-based activity that involves parent participation. Overview Students enrolled … Continue reading Early Childhood Care and Education: Using Assessment Data to Target Letter Recognition Skills

Community Day and 5K Tech Run

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance The addition of a 5K run to its already successful annual Community Day resulted in greater attendance, sponsorship, and scholarship donations at Chester County Technical College High … Continue reading Community Day and 5K Tech Run

Central Montco Technical School Teacher Domain Analysis

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance A spreadsheet was created to analyze teachers’ performance levels and identify targeted professional development needs. Overview Improving teachers’ instructional practices leads to an increase in student achievement. … Continue reading Central Montco Technical School Teacher Domain Analysis

Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance Teachers use their lunch break to learn new technology. Overview Once a week, the technology coordinator invites teachers to participate in “lunch ‘n’ learn, ” an opportunity … Continue reading Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Basic Skills Icons and Classifications in Graphic Arts Program

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Online Learning Tools & Resources

Rubric for Formative Assessment in Culinary Arts Butler County Area Vocational Technical School At a Glance The culinary instructor at the Butler County Area Vocational Technical School (BCATVS) uses a … Continue reading Basic Skills Icons and Classifications in Graphic Arts Program

Rubric for Formative Assessment in Culinary Arts

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Online Learning Tools & Resources

Basic Skills Icons and Classifications in Graphic Arts Program Butler County Area Vocational Technical School At a Glance The graphic arts instructor at Butler County Area Vocational Technical School (BCATVS) … Continue reading Rubric for Formative Assessment in Culinary Arts

Student Recognition at Bucks County Technical High School

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance Each month, nine students receive recognition for outstanding performance in academics, technical programs, and school and community service or support. Overview To be considered for this highly … Continue reading Student Recognition at Bucks County Technical High School

Special Education Live Binder

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories English Language Learners, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance The Beaver County Career and Technology Center (BCCTC) created an online reference site to organize and give access to documents that may be needed by its special … Continue reading Special Education Live Binder

Data Reporting to the Joint Operating Committee

Posted on April 19, 2017 Categories Accountability & Data Use

At a Glance A.W. Beattie Career Center’s executive director provides a written and verbal annual report to the center’s Joint Operating Committee. Overview Every January, the executive director of the … Continue reading Data Reporting to the Joint Operating Committee

PA-PIN Virtual Pathways Expo: Berks Technical Academy

Posted on March 9, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Video & Webinars

On behalf of the PA Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education, NC3T facilitates the Pennsylvania Pathways Innovation Network. Membership in the PA-PIN is open to educators and … Continue reading PA-PIN Virtual Pathways Expo: Berks Technical Academy

Promising Practice Upper Bucks County Technical School

Posted on March 9, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

AT A GLANCE The Careers in Construction Alliance is a collaborative effort between Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS), Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter (ABC), 500 regional commercial … Continue reading Promising Practice Upper Bucks County Technical School

Promising Practice A.W. Beattie Career Center

Posted on March 9, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

AT A GLANCE With grant funding available for the 2015-2016 school year, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) supported A.W. Beattie Career and Technical Center’s Career Preparation for Success … Continue reading Promising Practice A.W. Beattie Career Center

Promising Practice Mercer County Career Center

Posted on March 9, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

AT A GLANCE In an ongoing effort to increase alignment between its career and technical education programs and the stated needs of regional employers, Mercer County Career Center (MCCC) staff … Continue reading Promising Practice Mercer County Career Center

Math T-Charts

Posted on February 8, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

Math T-Charts have been developed to “bridge the gap” between CTE and math and can be used by both math and CTE teachers.  Each Math T-Chart illustrates how a math teacher … Continue reading Math T-Charts

Promising Practice Tri-County

Posted on February 3, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

Tri-County Business-Education Partnership Mini-Grant Program AT A GLANCE Facilitated by the Tri-County Workforce Development Board and offered to schools and organizations in Pennsylvania’s Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana counties, the mini-grant … Continue reading Promising Practice Tri-County

Promising Practice Northern Tier

Posted on February 3, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills

Northern Tier Business Education Partnership AT A GLANCE As a result of a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Business Education Grant, the Northern Tier Region Workforce Development Board hired … Continue reading Promising Practice Northern Tier

Promising Practice Luzerne Schuylkill

Posted on February 2, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Work-based learning

Business and Education Working Together in Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties AT A GLANCE Through a Business Education Partnership Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Luzerne Schuylkill … Continue reading Promising Practice Luzerne Schuylkill

Collins Writing Overview for CTE Teachers

Posted on February 2, 2017 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development, Student Engagement, Video & Webinars

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, NC3T oversees several initiatives including the facilitation of the Technical Assistance Program’s CTE Instructional Coaches’ Group. … Continue reading Collins Writing Overview for CTE Teachers

Curriculum Plan

Posted on February 1, 2017 Categories Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

At a Glance Somerset County Technical Center staff developed a comprehensive curriculum plan that provides new and existing professional staff with examples of curriculum requirements in planning and preparation. Overview … Continue reading Curriculum Plan

Professional Learning Communities Lead to Professional Development

Posted on February 1, 2017 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance As a professional learning opportunity, Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC) staff created four professional learning communities (PLC) aligned with the four components of the Danielson … Continue reading Professional Learning Communities Lead to Professional Development

Career Street

Posted on January 25, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Video & Webinars

On behalf of the PA Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education, NC3T facilitates the Pennsylvania Pathways Innovation Network. Membership in the PA-PIN is open to educators and … Continue reading Career Street

From Professional Development to Professional Learning at Dauphin County Technical School

Posted on January 25, 2017 Categories Professional Development, Video & Webinars

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, NC3T oversees several initiatives including the facilitation of the Technical Assistance Program’s CTE Instructional Coaches’ Group. … Continue reading From Professional Development to Professional Learning at Dauphin County Technical School

PA-PIN Virtual Pathways Expo: The Future Is Mine, Interview with Gina Barrett

Posted on January 25, 2017 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Video & Webinars

On behalf of the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, NC3T facilitates the PA Pathways Innovation Network (PA-PIN). Toward this mission, NC3T has created a Virtual … Continue reading PA-PIN Virtual Pathways Expo: The Future Is Mine, Interview with Gina Barrett

Welding Program Industry Partnership

Posted on January 22, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways

At a Glance Instructors in the welding program at Jeff Tech have formed a partnership with Matheson Valley Gases, Inc., a local supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and … Continue reading Welding Program Industry Partnership

Expanding Student Internship Programs in Berks County School Districts

Posted on January 22, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Work-based learning

At a Glance The Berks Business Education Coalition supports and promotes career education initiatives in Berks County schools. Overview In 1992, Berks County business leaders formed the Berks Business Education … Continue reading Expanding Student Internship Programs in Berks County School Districts

ServSafe Prep Program for Culinary Arts Students

Posted on January 22, 2017 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Industry Certifications

At a Glance Students in the culinary arts program at Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School can participate in a free, after-school program in preparation for the ServSafe exam. … Continue reading ServSafe Prep Program for Culinary Arts Students

Plumbing Lesson: Application of PVC Primer and Glue to Make a Water Tight Joint

Posted on November 16, 2016 Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance The main purpose of this lesson is to teach the importance of the proper installation of PVC primer and glue and how to apply it in a … Continue reading Plumbing Lesson: Application of PVC Primer and Glue to Make a Water Tight Joint

Using Google Classroom to Support Drafting Curriculum

Posted on November 15, 2016 Categories Classroom Management, Curriculum Planning, English Language Learners, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Technology Integration

At a Glance The drafting instructor at Clearfield County Career and Technology Center utilizes Google Classroom to implement practices that bring together a wide variety of resources and activities into … Continue reading Using Google Classroom to Support Drafting Curriculum

Building Strong Business and Industry Partnerships

Posted on November 7, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways

At a Glance The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center works together with business and industry partners in many ways to prepare students for post-high school careers. Overview Susquehanna County … Continue reading Building Strong Business and Industry Partnerships

Cosmetology Students Prepare Hair and Makeup for Student Musical

Posted on November 4, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Employability Skills, Student Engagement

At a Glance Cosmetology students from Lawrence County Career and Technical Center created hairstyles and applied makeup for the cast of a local high school student musical. Overview In the … Continue reading Cosmetology Students Prepare Hair and Makeup for Student Musical

Weekly Professional Development

Posted on November 2, 2016 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance Lenape Technical School has created a school schedule that provides teachers two hours each Friday to engage in professional development activities. Overview Administrators at Lenape Technical School … Continue reading Weekly Professional Development

Real-World Building Construction Project

Posted on October 26, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Project-based Learning

At a Glance At State College Area High School, first year students enrolled in the masonry unit of the Building Construction Technology Program experience contextual learning in a real-life building … Continue reading Real-World Building Construction Project

Interactive Trivia Game for NOCTI and Industry Certification Review

Posted on October 26, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Industry Certifications, NOCTI Prep, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement

At a Glance Students in the Network Systems Technology program at Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center play a specially designed trivia board game as a method for reviewing technical … Continue reading Interactive Trivia Game for NOCTI and Industry Certification Review

Centralized Lesson Plan Database

Posted on October 25, 2016 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Technology Integration

At a Glance At Clarion County Career Center, a comprehensive database was implemented to organize and store lesson plans and guides for each of the school’s programs of study. The … Continue reading Centralized Lesson Plan Database

Cooperative Education Program

Posted on October 24, 2016 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Project-based Learning

At a Glance The Cooperative Education Program at A.W. Beattie Career Center offers all students, regardless of their education level, work-based learning opportunities linked to post-secondary education and employment.  Overview … Continue reading Cooperative Education Program

Promoting CTE and Academic Collaboration

Posted on October 22, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Professional Development

At a Glance Academic and career technical teachers at Swenson Arts and Technology High School are participating in an ongoing initiative to promote collaboration and integration of academic and CTE … Continue reading Promoting CTE and Academic Collaboration

Precision Machining Air Motor Project

Posted on October 20, 2016 Categories Employability Skills, Project-based Learning, Student Engagement

At a Glance Students in the precision machining program at Keystone Central School District Career and Technical Center build an operational air motor using a specific set of written instructions … Continue reading Precision Machining Air Motor Project

Support for Post-Secondary Transitions

Posted on October 11, 2016 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions

At a Glance Lebanon County Career and Technology Center offers a variety of programs to help students learn about and explore post-secondary opportunities. Overview Administrators, teachers, and counselors at Lebanon … Continue reading Support for Post-Secondary Transitions

Using Social Media for Student Recruitment & Retention

Posted on October 5, 2016 Categories Recruitment and Retention, Technology Integration

At a Glance Chester County Technical College High School-Pennock’s Bridge Campus piloted the use of a “Social Media Blitz Day” to encourage students to use social media responsibly while promoting CTE … Continue reading Using Social Media for Student Recruitment & Retention

Schoolwide Use of Max Teaching

Posted on October 3, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

At a Glance Instructors at the Schuylkill Technology Center North Campus utilize MAX Teaching methods and student journals in every program of study to improve student comprehension, to increase classroom … Continue reading Schoolwide Use of Max Teaching

Engaging Industry Through a Student-Lead Speakers Series

Posted on September 21, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Student Engagement

At a Glance Students in the DECA chapter at State College Area High School planned and implemented a speaker series featuring business professionals from the community. Overview At State College … Continue reading Engaging Industry Through a Student-Lead Speakers Series

Industry Partnerships for Welding

Posted on September 10, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Welding instructors at Edison High School developed union and industry partnerships in order to better train students for jobs on industrial grade equipment and technology. Overview In … Continue reading Industry Partnerships for Welding

Social Studies Curriculum that Integrates Technical and Academic Content

Posted on September 1, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

At a Glance At North Montco Technical Career Center, social studies instructors developed a curriculum that integrates technical concepts (program of study tasks) into the social studies program. Overview North … Continue reading Social Studies Curriculum that Integrates Technical and Academic Content

Student Academic Journals

Posted on June 29, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Classroom Management, Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance In each program of study at Greene County Career Technology Center, students use academic journals at the beginning and/or the end of class in order to make … Continue reading Student Academic Journals

Mentor/Protégé Program

Posted on June 29, 2016 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance In order to support new instructors as they navigate instructional, administrative and other professional demands during their first two years of teaching, the faculty at the Career … Continue reading Mentor/Protégé Program

Use of Learning Tools for NOCTI Prep

Posted on June 28, 2016 Categories NOCTI Prep, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Technology Integration

At a Glance At Chester County Technical College High School, all programs of study use Quizlet and MAX Teaching methods to enhance student learning and improve NOCTI assessment scores.  Overview … Continue reading Use of Learning Tools for NOCTI Prep

Student-Designed Theory Lab

Posted on June 28, 2016 Categories Student Engagement

At a Glance Under direction from their instructor, carpentry students at Franklin County Career and Technology Center helped design and build an innovative theory room that supports an engaging learning … Continue reading Student-Designed Theory Lab

School-embedded Instructional Coaching Model

Posted on June 26, 2016 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Professional Development

At a Glance In order to improve instruction and raise student achievement levels, Dauphin County Technical School employs three, full-time instructional coaches who support teachers by modeling instructional strategies, providing … Continue reading School-embedded Instructional Coaching Model

Use of School Data-Driven Decision Making to Increase Student Achievement

Posted on June 24, 2016 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Professional Development

At a Glance The administration, staff, and newly created school-based data team concentrated on the effective use of data-driven decision making to improve the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s … Continue reading Use of School Data-Driven Decision Making to Increase Student Achievement

Dining At The White House Project

Posted on June 16, 2016 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills, Project-based Learning

At a Glance The culinary instructor at Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School brought the non-fiction story of former White House Chef John Moeller, “Dining at the White House” into the classroom, … Continue reading Dining At The White House Project

Paraeducators Daily Activity Log

Posted on June 16, 2016 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Classroom Management

At a Glance Staff at Indiana County Technology Center designed web-based forms to help paraeducators track and document their daily activity. Overview Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC) is a regional … Continue reading Paraeducators Daily Activity Log

Pamper Parents Day

Posted on June 14, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Student Engagement

At a Glance Each year, Cosmetology students at the North Montco Technical Career invite a parent, or another relative, into the program for a day of pampering during which the … Continue reading Pamper Parents Day

Hands-on Veterinary Rat Growth Project

Posted on June 13, 2016 Categories Project-based Learning

At a Glance The small animal/veterinary program at W. B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences uses rats to engage students and to teach the scientific method, lab procedures, and … Continue reading Hands-on Veterinary Rat Growth Project

Creating a Positive Culture

Posted on June 11, 2016 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance The Greene County Career and Technology Center administrator has created an upbeat, results-driven culture of learning and professional behavior.  Overview Greene County Career and Technology Center (GCCTC) … Continue reading Creating a Positive Culture

NCCER Core Curriculum Delivery

Posted on June 10, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Industry Certifications

At a Glance Fayette County Career and Technical Institute employs a dually certified math and technical education teacher to deliver the NCCER Core curriculum to Level I students in five … Continue reading NCCER Core Curriculum Delivery

Using Instructional Technology for Blended Learning

Posted on June 6, 2016 Categories Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement, Technology Integration

At a Glance At North Montco Technical Career Center, the Mechatronics instructor uses instructional technology, blended classroom/lab strategies, and collaborative learning tools to differentiate instruction and engage students. Overview The … Continue reading Using Instructional Technology for Blended Learning

Health Information Management and Medical Records Technology Community Partnerships

Posted on June 5, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, English Language Learners, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Multiple partnerships have been developed between Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School, postsecondary institutions, and organizations in an effort to provide economically disadvantaged urban youth with … Continue reading Health Information Management and Medical Records Technology Community Partnerships

ManuFest Youth Manufacturing Expo

Posted on June 2, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways

At a Glance The ManuFest Expo in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is an annual, half-day event designed to introduce and expose high school students and their parents to the manufacturing sector, … Continue reading ManuFest Youth Manufacturing Expo

Welding Industry Partnerships

Posted on May 29, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance The welding program at A. Philip Randolph Career And Technical High School has garnered the support of several large area employers. Overview A. Philip Randolph Career And … Continue reading Welding Industry Partnerships

Drafting and Design Program Website

Posted on May 27, 2016 Categories Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance The drafting and design instructor at Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School created a website allowing his students to access the curriculum and requirements of the program … Continue reading Drafting and Design Program Website

Life Size Candyland Board Creation

Posted on May 25, 2016 Categories Student Engagement

At a Glance Students from Graphic Communications and other program areas at Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School created a life size Candyland board for children to use during a local … Continue reading Life Size Candyland Board Creation

Career Street Career Exploration and Planning Program

Posted on May 20, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Work-based learning

At a Glance Career Street is a program that connects Erie County, Pennsylvania schools with employers and organizations in order to provide meaningful career-related experiences to students in grades kindergarten … Continue reading Career Street Career Exploration and Planning Program

Mathematics Integration Program

Posted on May 15, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

At a Glance The Mathematics Integration Program at Indiana County Technology Center provides students with academic assistance that integrates math with career technical education.  Overview The Indiana County Technology Center … Continue reading Mathematics Integration Program

Career and Technology Center Community Relations Plan

Posted on May 12, 2016 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Occupational Advisory Board

At a Glance Administrators at Franklin County Career and Technology Center developed and implemented a comprehensive community relations plan designed to provide the sending school districts and the community with … Continue reading Career and Technology Center Community Relations Plan

Student Organization Fundraiser and Fitness Challenge

Posted on May 9, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance Students in Future Farmers of America at Chester County Technical College High School organized and hosted a fitness challenge event to raise funds for their club. Overview … Continue reading Student Organization Fundraiser and Fitness Challenge

Rebuilding Community Decorations

Posted on May 4, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance At the request of the local Chamber of Commerce, Electronics Technology students at Connellsville Area Career and Technology Center are repairing community Christmas decorations. Overview In 2016, … Continue reading Rebuilding Community Decorations

Recruitment Strategy for Eighth Grade Students

Posted on April 29, 2016 Categories Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Administrators at Somerset County Technology Center expanded their recruitment efforts to reach eighth grade students.  Overview In 2014-15, Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) launched a new, expanded … Continue reading Recruitment Strategy for Eighth Grade Students

Bowling Pin Restoration

Posted on April 19, 2016 Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Student Engagement

At a Glance Students in the Auto Collision program at Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School use bowling pins obtained from a local bowling alley to practice car restoration skills, such … Continue reading Bowling Pin Restoration

Farm Management Project

Posted on April 15, 2016 Categories Project-based Learning

At a Glance Students in their junior year of the animal science program at the School District of Philadelphia’s W.B. Saul High School complete a semester project that requires them … Continue reading Farm Management Project

Computer Networking Project Decoy

Posted on April 13, 2016 Categories Project-based Learning, Student Engagement

At a Glance At Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center, Computer Networking students build a computer in an object that is not an ordinary computer case. Overview Computer Networking students … Continue reading Computer Networking Project Decoy

STEAM Initiative

Posted on April 7, 2016 Categories Curriculum Planning, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Professional Development, Student Engagement, Technology Integration

At a Glance At the A.W. Beattie Career Center, the STEAM Coordinator implements activities at the school, the sending schools, and the community to promote the acquisition of STEAM (Science, … Continue reading STEAM Initiative

Industry Assessment Tool

Posted on April 7, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance Instructors at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) created an assessment tool and rubric that can be customized to the needs of a specific company, … Continue reading Industry Assessment Tool

BattleBots IQ Parts Manufacturing Partnership

Posted on April 4, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Project-based Learning, Work-based learning

At a Glance Students in the machining program at Indiana County Technology Center collaborated with local high school students to manufacture parts for a BattleBots IQ program. Overview For several … Continue reading BattleBots IQ Parts Manufacturing Partnership

Using Apps to Effectively Engage and Assess Students

Posted on April 4, 2016 Categories Employability Skills, Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance At the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI), the HVAC instructor uses various applications (apps) on tablets and cell phones to engage students in their … Continue reading Using Apps to Effectively Engage and Assess Students

Digital Media Portable Photo Booth Project

Posted on April 1, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Recruitment and Retention, Video & Webinars, Work-based learning

At a Glance Students in the Digital Media program at Indiana County Technology Center practice their technical and business skills by staffing and managing a portable photo booth. Overview Indiana … Continue reading Digital Media Portable Photo Booth Project

Auto Collision Repair Partnership with Rubright Racing

Posted on March 30, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, Curriculum Planning, NOCTI Prep, Student Engagement

At a Glance The Collision Repair instructor at North Montco Career and Technical Center (NMTCC) established a partnership with local company Rubright Racing Enterprises to build a street legal drag … Continue reading Auto Collision Repair Partnership with Rubright Racing

Regional Collision Career Day

Posted on March 23, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills

At a Glance A.W. Beattie Career Center hosted a Regional Collision Career Day during which students participated in mock interviews with representatives from local businesses and attended presentations by local … Continue reading Regional Collision Career Day

Girls Night Out

Posted on March 21, 2016 Categories Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance To increase enrollment among female students in non-traditional programs, Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center (WMCTC) hosts a Girls Night Out event for prospective female students to … Continue reading Girls Night Out

Career and Technology Center Recruitment Plan

Posted on March 17, 2016 Categories Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Forbes Road Career and Technology Center developed a coordinated and comprehensive recruitment plan to increase student enrollment school-wide in all career and technology education (CTE) programs and … Continue reading Career and Technology Center Recruitment Plan

Vocabulary Toolboxes

Posted on March 16, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance A team of teachers and para educators from Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center created Vocabulary Tool Boxes to help instructors from each program area increase the … Continue reading Vocabulary Toolboxes

New Teacher Toolkit

Posted on March 15, 2016 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance As part of the mentoring program, new instructors at North Montgomery Technical Career (NMTCC) receive the New Teacher Toolkit that provides them and their mentors a detailed … Continue reading New Teacher Toolkit

Timken Bearing Training/Certification

Posted on March 14, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Industry Certifications

At a Glance Students in the Agricultural Mechanics program at Franklin County Career and Technical Center have the opportunity to participate in the Timken Bearing Training/Certification program during school. Overview … Continue reading Timken Bearing Training/Certification

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) Boot Camp

Posted on February 29, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Industry Certifications

At a Glance Instructors at Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center developed a one-week boot camp to prepare recent graduates for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) exam. Overview … Continue reading Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) Boot Camp

Health Sciences Fireside Chat

Posted on February 26, 2016 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance The Health Sciences instructor at State College High School creates a warm and inviting environment for students to discuss content-related books that they are assigned to read.  … Continue reading Health Sciences Fireside Chat

The Pittsburgh Promise: Fast Track Your Future

Posted on February 26, 2016 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions

At a Glance Through the Pittsburgh Promise, CTE students in the Pittsburgh Public School District are eligible to receive a scholarship to earn post-secondary credits in high school and beyond. … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Promise: Fast Track Your Future

CTE Instructional Coaching Resource Guide

Posted on January 12, 2016 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Career Information and Exploration, Postsecondary Transitions, Professional Development, Student Engagement

While Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers are typically considered to be experts in their industry or field, they often join the teaching profession without extensive background or formal training … Continue reading CTE Instructional Coaching Resource Guide

Checking Labor Costs When Estimating Brick Lesson

Posted on November 4, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

Essential Question(s) The following essential question is explored in this lesson plan: How do you justify the bid estimate for the labor when working with brick? Relevant Program(s) of Study … Continue reading Checking Labor Costs When Estimating Brick Lesson

Lights, Camera, Set Design Lesson

Posted on November 4, 2015 Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

Essential Question(s) The following essential question is explored in this lesson plan: How does a masonry foreman accurately design a set, estimate materials, and create a bid that allows the … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Set Design Lesson

Recipe Costing Lesson

Posted on November 4, 2015 Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, NOCTI Prep

Essential Question(s) The following essential questions are explored in this lesson plan: Why is it important to cost out a recipe? How does the recipe cost affect the menu price? … Continue reading Recipe Costing Lesson

Pre-NOCTI Score Analysis Lesson

Posted on November 3, 2015 Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, NOCTI Prep

Essential Question(s) The following essential question is explored in this lesson plan: Why is it important to develop data analysis skills? Relevant Program(s) of Study This lesson was created for Culinary … Continue reading Pre-NOCTI Score Analysis Lesson

Multi-Disciplinary Hydroponics Project

Posted on October 28, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Project-based Learning

At a Glance Students in the Horticulture, Plumbing, Electrical, and Culinary Arts programs at Upper Bucks County Technical School collaborated on a hydroponic technology project. Overview The purpose of this … Continue reading Multi-Disciplinary Hydroponics Project

Integrating English Writing Standards in Program Safety Lessons (“The Possessed Brake Lathe”)

Posted on October 22, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance The “Possessed Brake Lathe” lesson incorporates multiple learning styles and embedded occupational and literacy skill development into a required automotive technology safety lesson.   Overview Prior to all new … Continue reading Integrating English Writing Standards in Program Safety Lessons (“The Possessed Brake Lathe”)

Applying Project-Based Learning in Engine Technology Program

Posted on October 20, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Project-based Learning, Student Engagement

At a Glance Students in the Vehicle Maintenance Tech (Engine Technology) program apply their learning through working on real-world projects that are linked to Program of Study tasks. Overview In … Continue reading Applying Project-Based Learning in Engine Technology Program

Volvo Certification Training Lab

Posted on October 14, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Industry Certifications, Work-based learning

At a Glance Students in the Diesel Mechanics and Agricultural Mechanics programs at Franklin County Career and Technology Center can earn an industry certification in Lean Manufacturing and Assembly Operations.  … Continue reading Volvo Certification Training Lab

Automotive Technology Business Partnership

Posted on October 12, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance North Montco Technical Career Center’s partnership with the Hunter Engineering Company provides the opportunity for automotive technology students to train on state of the art equipment used … Continue reading Automotive Technology Business Partnership

NOCTI “Eggstravaganza” School-Wide Motivational Event

Posted on September 28, 2015 Categories NOCTI Prep

At a Glance At the Chester County Technical High School-Pennock’s Bridge 2015 “Eggstravaganza” event, two student teams battled to prove their NOCTI knowledge and teachers smashed eggs on their heads … Continue reading NOCTI “Eggstravaganza” School-Wide Motivational Event

Lesson Plan/Learning Guide – Using Multiple Instructional Practices

Posted on September 21, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning

At a Glance At Career Institute of Technology (CIT), the Networking/IT instructor created a detailed learning guide that meaningfully incorporates a variety of instructional strategies, technology, and literacy activities. Overview … Continue reading Lesson Plan/Learning Guide – Using Multiple Instructional Practices

Work-Based Learning with Business and Industry Engagement

Posted on September 8, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Project-based Learning, Work-based learning

At a Glance Building/Property Maintenance students participate in “The Virtual Victorian House Project,” a teacher developed, project-based learning activity. Overview Students in the Building/Property Maintenance program at Susquehanna County CTC … Continue reading Work-Based Learning with Business and Industry Engagement

Student Learning Guides

Posted on September 8, 2015 Categories Curriculum Planning

At a Glance At Schuylkill Technology Center, Student Learning Guides clearly describe content and teaching strategies critical to Pennsylvania Programs of Study / Pennsylvania Core Standard instruction. Overview Schuylkill Technology … Continue reading Student Learning Guides

Real Life Mixing in Cosmetology

Posted on September 8, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance Over the course of three days, cosmetology students at Indiana County Technology Center first receive instruction on ratios and proportions from the math instructor and then complete … Continue reading Real Life Mixing in Cosmetology

Case Study: Erie County Technical School

Posted on July 24, 2015 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports

Case study on Erie County Technical School located in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Implementation Guide for Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy in CTE

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

This guide captures the information and considerations that CTE leaders and stakeholders identified as being key strategies for integrating numeracy and literacy to strengthen students’ academic and technical skills.

Implementation Guide for Establishing and Sustaining Business/Industry Partnerships

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

This guide captures the information and considerations that CTE leaders and stakeholders identified as being key strategies for engaging business and industry in meaningful partnerships.

Implementation Guide for Developing a School-wide Professional Development Plan

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories Professional Development

This guide captures the information and considerations that CTE leaders and stakeholders identified as being key student enrollment and recruitment strategies.

Implementation Guide for Developing a Data Protocol/Framework

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories Accountability & Data Use, BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports

This guide captures the information and considerations that CTE leaders and stakeholders identified as being key to establishing a data protocol/framework.

Instructional Coaches Recommended Reading

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories New Teacher Induction, Professional Development

The following books were recommended by Pennsylvania instructional coaches for use by their peers and colleagues.  This list is intended as a reference, not an endorsement.  Coaching Matters Joellen Killion … Continue reading Instructional Coaches Recommended Reading

Instructional Coaches Technology Tools and Resources

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports

The following tools and resources were recommended by Pennsylvania instructional coaches for use by their peers and colleagues.  This list is intended as a reference, not an endorsement.  Google Forms … Continue reading Instructional Coaches Technology Tools and Resources

Non-Traditional Student Recruiting Day

Posted on July 23, 2015 Categories Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Eastern Westmoreland CTC hosts an annual day-long event for prospective eighth grade students to build awareness of non-traditional careers and to increase the enrollment of non-traditional students … Continue reading Non-Traditional Student Recruiting Day

Professional Development Day: Technical Teacher Visits to Area Employers

Posted on July 21, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Occupational Advisory Board, Professional Development

At a Glance York County School of Technology dedicated an Act 80 professional development day for technical instructors to visit York County area employers. Overview To encourage instructors to build … Continue reading Professional Development Day: Technical Teacher Visits to Area Employers

Creating and Implementing a Curriculum Plan

Posted on July 20, 2015 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance The administrative director of Greene County Career and Technology Center (GCCTC) provided instructors with opportunities for professional development and coaching to help them plan and develop curriculum … Continue reading Creating and Implementing a Curriculum Plan

CTE Institutional and Individual Program Report Cards

Posted on July 20, 2015 Categories Accountability & Data Use

At a Glance Monroe Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) administrators developed a rubric to measure the overall effectiveness of the institute’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and individual program … Continue reading CTE Institutional and Individual Program Report Cards

Parent Appreciation Dinner

Posted on July 20, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Chester County Technical College High School – Pennock’s Bridge Campus (TCHS-PB) hosted a free Parent Appreciation Dinner to connect with parents, inform them about the opportunities offered … Continue reading Parent Appreciation Dinner

Protocol to Assure Special Population Students Succeed in CTE Programs

Posted on July 15, 2015 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Recruitment and Retention, Special Needs Students / IEPs, Student Engagement

At a Glance Beaver County Career & Technology Center administrators and staff created and implemented a Special Education Communication Protocol that addresses CTE and Local Education Agency responsibilities to ensure … Continue reading Protocol to Assure Special Population Students Succeed in CTE Programs

Teaching 21th Century Entrepreneurial Skills through a Virtual Enterprise Class Experience

Posted on July 15, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance At Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) West Campus, students in the Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program participate in Virtual Enterprises International, a program that engages them … Continue reading Teaching 21th Century Entrepreneurial Skills through a Virtual Enterprise Class Experience

Cooperative Education Rating Forms for Employers

Posted on July 15, 2015 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center (HCCTC) automated the co-op feedback process for employers by moving pertinent forms online. Overview HCCTC placed weekly grading and skills grading … Continue reading Cooperative Education Rating Forms for Employers

Strategic Thinking Level Literacy Integration into Criminal Justice Program

Posted on July 15, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

At a Glance Criminal Justice students at Technical College High School (Pickering Campus) participated in a research-based learning guide activity that uses current events to engage them in higher level … Continue reading Strategic Thinking Level Literacy Integration into Criminal Justice Program

ACE2015, Auto Collision Experience Spotlight

Posted on July 15, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance Made possible by a partnership of 20 local and national companies and organizations and Technical College High School Brandywine Campus, the Auto Collision Experience Spotlight is designed … Continue reading ACE2015, Auto Collision Experience Spotlight

Little Lions Investment Club

Posted on July 14, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance As members of the Little Lion Fund (LLF), business students at State College Area High School advise members of the Little Lion Investment Club on which stocks … Continue reading Little Lions Investment Club

Flipped Shop: Machine Technology – Indicating a Vise

Posted on July 14, 2015 Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Student Engagement, Technology Integration

At a Glance At the Career Institute of Technology, the Machine Technology instructor used a version of the Flipped Classroom technique to engage and motivate students while teaching them a … Continue reading Flipped Shop: Machine Technology – Indicating a Vise

Effective Academic Support for Special Population Students

Posted on June 23, 2015 Categories Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance The administration and instructional staff at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center implemented new instructional and assessment policies and practices to better serve students who qualify for … Continue reading Effective Academic Support for Special Population Students

Building a Classroom Website – Intelligent Curriculum

Posted on June 23, 2015 Categories Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance Visual Communications instructors at Central Montco Technical High School (CMTHS) created a website designed to help other instructors build a school-wide or class website that can function … Continue reading Building a Classroom Website – Intelligent Curriculum

Construction Cluster Winter Presentations and Interview Sessions

Posted on June 23, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills

At a Glance Representatives from local construction companies participate in information sessions with Upper Bucks County Technical School Construction Cluster students, who then are invited to apply for interviews with … Continue reading Construction Cluster Winter Presentations and Interview Sessions

Substitute Teachers’ Handbook

Posted on June 10, 2015 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance In order to help substitute teachers perform their job duties, Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center administrators created a substitute teachers’ handbook. Overview The handbook provides substitute … Continue reading Substitute Teachers’ Handbook

Paraprofessional Handbook

Posted on June 10, 2015 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance With input from staff, administrators at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center created a handbook for paraprofessional staff members.  Overview The handbook is a resource for new … Continue reading Paraprofessional Handbook

Professional Development through Peer-to-Peer Observation

Posted on June 10, 2015 Categories Professional Development

At a Glance Using a peer-to-peer learning approach to professional development, administrators provide instructors the opportunity to observe their colleagues teaching. Overview Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center administrators created … Continue reading Professional Development through Peer-to-Peer Observation

Student Career Interview Night

Posted on June 10, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Employability Skills

At a Glance Indiana County Technology Center hosts an annual spring career interview night where local and regional employers are invited to interview students to fill entry-level positions at their … Continue reading Student Career Interview Night

Gaining Valuable Work Experience by Applying and Integrating CTE Skills

Posted on June 9, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Universal Audenreid Charter High School CTE, Culinary and Communications, students gain valuable work experience and apply the skills they learned in their programs by participating at a … Continue reading Gaining Valuable Work Experience by Applying and Integrating CTE Skills

Graduate Follow-Up Surveys

Posted on June 9, 2015 Categories Accountability & Data Use, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance York County School of Technology (York Tech) increased the response rate to the CTC student follow-up survey by switching from an online survey to a phone survey. … Continue reading Graduate Follow-Up Surveys

Enhanced CTE Project

Posted on June 9, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning, Student Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance At Greene County Career and Technology Center, a group of teachers and the administrative director implemented an SREB enhanced CTE project that engaged students and provided them … Continue reading Enhanced CTE Project

Junior Achievement Partnership

Posted on June 9, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Work-based learning

At a Glance Early Childhood Education students spend one full day in an elementary school classroom teaching a Junior Achievement lesson. Overview At A.W. Beattie Career Center, senior and some … Continue reading Junior Achievement Partnership

Senior Graduation Project and Expo

Posted on June 9, 2015 Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

Overview North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) requires all students to complete a senior graduation project based on their technical concentration. The senior graduation project allows the student to demonstrate … Continue reading Senior Graduation Project and Expo

Industry Visits by Professional Advisory Committee

Posted on June 1, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

At a Glance The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) at Somerset County Technology Center conducts some of its monthly meetings at local businesses to strengthen business partnerships and to help ready … Continue reading Industry Visits by Professional Advisory Committee

Increasing Enrollment in Precision Machining Program

Posted on June 1, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Staff from North Montco Technical Career Center formed a partnership with the Metal Service Center Institute to implement strategies for improving CTE program enrollment and overall industry … Continue reading Increasing Enrollment in Precision Machining Program

Santa’s Workshop Hosted by the Indiana County Technology Center Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society

Posted on June 1, 2015 Categories Employability Skills

At a Glance Members of Indiana County Technology Center’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society host an annual Christmas party for the students and families involved with the Indiana … Continue reading Santa’s Workshop Hosted by the Indiana County Technology Center Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society

Pennsylvania Career & Technical Education: College and Career Pathways for the 21st Century

Posted on May 26, 2015 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, College and Career Pathways, Communications, Recruitment and Retention

This brochure describes how CTE in Pennsylvania is designed to meet a dual mission – developing students with both college readiness skills and a career path. It presents profiles and … Continue reading Pennsylvania Career & Technical Education: College and Career Pathways for the 21st Century

Career and Technical Education Leadership Connections: A Guide to Effective Working Relationships

Posted on May 26, 2015 Categories Business, Community, Workforce Engagement

The purpose of this guidebook is to share ideas and practical examples of “promising practices” that CTC leadership stakeholders can implement to improve their working relationships with Joint Operating Committees … Continue reading Career and Technical Education Leadership Connections: A Guide to Effective Working Relationships

Creating Aligned Calendars: A Guide for Career and Technical Centers and Sending Districts

Posted on May 26, 2015 Categories BCTE Toolkits, Case Studies, Reports

This guidebook provides CTC directors and district superintendents with information and specific examples about how CTCs and their sending districts throughout Pennsylvania are working towards calendar alignment. The guide describes … Continue reading Creating Aligned Calendars: A Guide for Career and Technical Centers and Sending Districts

Coaches to the Rescue: Nuts for NOCTI and PA Standards

Posted on January 26, 2015 Categories NOCTI Prep

The intent of this activity was to develop a school-wide initiative to improve NOCTI scores while aligning PA Common Core Standards into daily instructional processes. Beginning in 2012, the instructional … Continue reading Coaches to the Rescue: Nuts for NOCTI and PA Standards

Senior Graduation Project and Expo

Posted on January 26, 2015 Categories Employability Skills, Student Engagement

North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) requires all students to complete a senior graduation project based on their technical concentration. The senior graduation project allows the student to demonstrate problem-solving … Continue reading Senior Graduation Project and Expo