Q. WHAT IS A CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER?
A. It is an extension of the courses of study from your own high school, offering training in occupational, vocational and technical programs. This training will develop attitudes and skills that can lead to employment and/or further education.
Q. HOW MANY CERTIFICATIONS DO YOU OFFER?
A. Between our 17 Programs of Study, there are over 35 different types of certifications offered.
Q. WHAT IS THE POPULATION AT BEAVER COUNTY CTC?
A. The total population is over 600 students comprised of high school students from the 14 public schools in Beaver County and private, charter, cyber, and homed-schooled students as well residing within the districts of the 14 public schools. In addition, qualifying adults may also attend BCCTC and enroll in a program during the day with the high school students or attend an evening programs when offered.
Q. WHO CAN ATTEND THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC?
A. Students enrolled in grades 10, 11, and/or 12 who reside in Beaver County may attend the Beaver County CTC. Questions about applying or to learn of a student’s eligibility to apply to BCCTC MUST be addressed by your school district’s Guidance personnel. Students who are interested in enrolling in the Cosmetology Program should start in grade 10 to ensure program completion and eligibility to sit for the PA State Cosmetology Board Licensure. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, students enrolling in Business Information Systems, Collision Repair Technology, Electrical Occupations, and HVAC-R may start Beaver County CTC in grade 10. Students enrolled in private schools are also welcome to attend the Beaver County CTC. For assistance with the application process for high school students, please contact your high school Guidance Office.
Q. HOW IS THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC SUPPORTED?
A. The Beaver County CTC is a school that is owned jointly by the fourteen (14) Beaver County School Districts. Students from these districts do not pay a tuition charge to attend. Adult learners do pay a tuition cost for their education.
Q. DO ADULTS ATTEND THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC?
A. Adults are encouraged to take advantage of the outstanding adult education offerings at the Beaver County CTC. In addition, adults may enroll in day time programs with the students provided they posses the proper clearances and pay the tuition and program requirement fees. For addition questions regarding our Adult Education programs, please call 724-728-5800, ext. 213.
Q. DOES THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC HELP GRADUATES FIND JOBS?
A. Yes. A placement service is established at the Beaver County CTC. Everything possible will be done to help students find employment in the area for which they are trained. A work study program is offered to students during their senior year if they meet the requirements. Also each senior will be provided with copies of their resume when they graduate. Additional questions regarding placement can be addressed by calling 724-728-5800, ext. 239.
Q. IS COLLEGE AN OPTION AFTER BEAVER COUNTY CTC?
A. More than 70% of Beaver County CTC graduates continue their education in colleges, technical schools, or apprenticeships. Beaver County CTC programs provide practical experience to compliment students’ academic interests. Almost every program at the Beaver County CTC offers students an opportunity to earn advanced credits through agreements with the Community College of Beaver County and several other educational institutions.
Q. CAN I GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE WHILE I’M LEARNING?
A. During their senior year, qualified students may gain experience in work environments related to their field of study. Options available include job-shadowing activities (unpaid), clinical experiences (unpaid), or a cooperative education arrangement (paid) with employers, through which students “earn while they learn”. More questions regarding cooperative education can be addressed by calling 724-728-5800, ext. 239.
Q. HOW WILL THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC HELP ME?
A. The education you will receive at the Beaver County CTC will open doors for you. You will learn new skills that are valued by employers. You will experience real-life work situations in your chosen career field, and you will have options to continue your education after high school. Beaver County CTC programs are designed to prepare students of various ability levels to enter jobs in technical and skilled occupations. Most of the students who complete a Beaver County CTC program find employment in their area of study or further their education in college or technical schools. Employers are eager to hire Beaver County CTC students because they have gained hands-on skills and experience and need minimal training. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to earn industry certification(s) that gives them the edge when seeking employment.
Q. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR REGISTRATION FOR THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC?
A. Every high school student has the legal right to attend the Beaver County CTC. Your sending school counselor can register you for the Beaver County CTC at the same time you register for other classes at your school. The Beaver County CTC would be considered your elective credits. If you have any questions or problems, see your sending school counselor or call our Career Counselor at 724-728-5800, Ext. 250.
Q. HOW CAN I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BEAVER COUNTY CTC?