Featured Teacher in Collision Repair Technology

Mr. David Pallerino, Collision Repair Technology Instructor

Throughout the first nine weeks of school and now through the second nine weeks for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students have been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators continue to ask, “How are you teaching career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and came up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with a virtual learning platform for CTE.

Let’s introduce our next Featured Teacher from BCCTC, Mr. David Pallerino, Collision Repair Technology Instructor. From the beginning of the year, Mr. Pallerino decided to have his students use I-Car PDP-EE curriculum, as it was already accessible online. This available information is the same fundamental theory that an industry professional would use when taking courses for professional development to help advance in their career.  

Students are covering and virtually learning the following in I-Car PDP-EE:

  • The basics of automotive safety
  • An overview of the collision repair process from estimation to repair
  • The various parts of the vehicle
  • Tools and equipment used during repair work

In addition to I-Car PDP-EE, the students are also involved in two other disciplines. The first of the two is SP/2 training in a course entitled, ‘Advance Auto Parts – Parts Identification Course’.  This course would enable students to ‘talk industry talk’ instead of using terms like ‘thingy’, ‘gizmo’ or ‘whatchamacallit’.  This would help them use the professional language they need to know to speak to another industry professional in the trade. The second discipline is working with ALLDATA, a software program that will allow students to prepare to test for another industry credential.

While the students were briefly at school during the second nine weeks, they were able to do more hands-on corresponding activities that revolved mostly around a car door.  Some of their work included:

  • Removal of parts from the frame of a car with the emphasis on a car door
  • Removal and installation of a window regulator
  • The adjustment of hinges of the striker to adjust the door properly
  • Installation of a car door and the proper function of opening and closing the door

And now?  Collision students will continue to go through their I-Car modules while their education continues to be virtual.  Upon returning to the program, students will be getting ready to learn how to prep and refinish work in the paint booth.

Mr. Pallerino had this to say about his students, “I am in awe of their ability to be resilient and roll with the punches.  They have been listening to me every day and I give them a lot of credit. The information is difficult under ideal circumstances and we all know these are not ideal circumstances. Kudos to my students!”

Hey, Collision students…  We are looking forward to you returning to BCCTC, when that day comes, to see you in that paint booth! Until then, stay safe!

‘Featured Teachers’ in Masonry/Bricklaying

Left is Mr. Shirley, Masonry Instructor from ICTC and Right is Mr. Shaner, Masonry/Bricklaying Long-Term Sub at BCCTC

Throughout the first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students had been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have asked, “How did you teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and came up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with a virtual learning platform for CTE. However now, during the second marking period, when permissible by the district, some of our students are back in the building! Let’s find out how it’s going…

Prior to the COVID outbreak, BCCTC’s Masonry/Bricklaying instructor had an unfortunate accident and has been homebound ever since. Beginning this year without our instructor was extremely difficult, especially since we began the year virtually. Wanting to make sure our Masonry/Bricklaying students were able to continue their education in this field, our Administration initially sought the help of 11-year teaching veteran, Masonry instructor, Mr. Christopher Shirley from Indiana County Technology Center. Mr. Shirley took on our students virtually while he was teaching his own in Indiana County. THANKS, Mr. Shirley! This allowed time for our Administration to find a long-term substitute who had adequate experience in the industry.  

Meet Mr. Arnold Shaner, who has 42 years in the Masonry Industry, most of which is from the Bricklayer’s Union. Because of a friend who taught Masonry at another CTC, Mr. Shaner would sub for him on occasion for a change of pace and enjoyed the experience teaching high school students.  At this stage in his career, he feels that he wants to pass along his expertise to those who have an interest in pursuing the trade. Mr. Shaner said, “These students have no idea just how much money a good masonry contractor can make. If they apply themselves and can follow directions, regardless if they are accepted into the Union or find a contractor to work with, they will do just fine for themselves.”

Mr. Shaner operates and still works for his own business called ‘Redco Masonry’. Some samples of his work are below. Right now, he is going through the basics with BCCTC’s Masonry/Bricklaying students, wanting to understand the level these students are ‘building to a line’ but they seem to be very happy to be in class with trowel back in their hands. Zaire Ellis, a senior from the Ambridge Area School District had this to say, “Mr. Shaner has to be the best masonry sub out there! The theory part was hard but being in the lab helps me to understand what we were taught online. I plan to work in this field someday and this class is helping me get to my career goal.”

First off, we wish Mr. Lamont well has he continues to recover. Secondly, Mr. Shirley, MANY THANKS AGAIN for helping our students through the full-time virtual instruction and your continued support to Mr. Shaner. Finally, a HUGE WELCOME to Mr. Shaner!  We all look forward to seeing the student’s projects!

Below are just a few samples of Mr. Shaner’s work in the Masonry Industry…

Residential Fireplace using Cultured Stone
Residential Patio & Outdoor Kitchen using Stone
Residential Pavilion with Exterior Fireplace using Pavers with Stone Piers
Back View of a Residential Home using Brick Veneer

‘Teacher Feature’ in Cosmetology II & III

During the first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students attended their elected programs online, regardless if they were a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have asked, “How did you teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and came up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with a virtual learning platform for CTE. However now, during the second marking period, when permissible by the district, some of our students are back in the building. Let’s find out how it’s going…

Our next ‘Featured Teacher’ from BCCTC is Mrs. Dolores Mason, Cosmetology II & III Instructor and an Advisor for NTHS or National Technical Honor Society.  Since our Cosmetology program is State approved curriculum, Mrs. Mason worked hard to make sure that the time her students spent online, counted towards their required hours. For those who are unaware, any Cosmetology student must attain 1250 hours of theory and hands-on instruction in order to be eligible to take the State Board exam.

Prior to the first nine weeks, she attended two workshop meetings to help make a list of standards that could be met on a virtual platform. She said, “For the first nine weeks of school, our theory coverage standards were provided from the PA State Board of Cosmetology as many hours are set with students working on practical applications, as well as theory. Due to COVID, we lost valuable face to face instruction. Theory learning standards were set with the cooperation of instructors and state officials from across the state prior to the start of the year. Once the list of theory subject standards was listed, I chose ‘Infection Control, On The Job’ and ‘Principles of Hair Design’. These chapters that we follow in the Milady Standard Cosmetology book allowed students to process questions and ideas of what laws that follow OSHA and FDA.”

Many students like Mrs. Mason, love the “hands on approach to learning” especially if the plan is to work in a service industry. But being subject to having to learn computer skills as well, so that there would be the records for the hours to be given for completed theory work…  Mrs. Mason comments, “I am proud of MANY students that have stepped up and really applied themselves learning how to apply those important computer skills as well.”

Some of the Cosmetology II & III students have aspirations of working in or owning their own salon.  So, Mrs. Mason took the students on a virtual field trip to her own salon that is attached to her home where she continues to work part-time. They were told what they needed to expect when working in a salon and maybe things they should consider if they choose to own a salon of their own someday.

Besides instructing students to remain flexible because of the inconsistencies with COVID 19, the classes they had online about principles of hairstyling gave students insight of what to look for when cutting and styling hair. Students were excited to know that when they returned to school that they would begin immediately into hair cutting using mannequins first, before cutting the hair of a client. Students will be able to exercise the concepts of cutting angles in the hair and styling it too. Students are issued a mannequin in which they will execute the haircuts that they learn about… the 0, 45, 90 and 180-degree angle styles.  Sounds a little like geometry, doesn’t it?  That’s because it is using an application of geometry in real life.

Mrs. Mason says, “I am looking forward to the excitement and satisfaction students experience when they actually cut and style their mannequins to the directions provided and achieve the desired style, here at the CTC. Gearing up for the next virtual learning experience we will have online, students will use old mannequin heads so that we can review bones, nerves, muscles and practice massage and facial techniques when we go back to virtual learning.”

Welcome back Cosmetology II & III students! It is so good to see you at your chairs in the CTC’s salon!

‘Teacher Feature’ in Carpentry

Throughout the first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students had been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have asked, “How did you teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and came up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with a virtual learning platform for CTE. However now, during the second marking period, when permissible by the district, some of our students are back in the building! Let’s find out how it’s going…

Our next Featured Teacher from BCCTC is Mr. Dave Liptak, Carpentry Instructor and active member of the Beaver Valley Contractors & Suppliers. Deeming Fridays as ‘Hat Day’ starting in the first nine weeks during virtual instruction, Mr. Liptak covered much theory that consisted of:

  • The Basic Application to the Field of Carpentry
  • Best Practices and Rules to Follow in the Industry
  • Expectations of Contractual Work
  • General Framing
  • How and Where to Apply for Permits
  • How to Properly Speak to a Customer about ‘Prints’
  • Surveys using a Builder’s Level or Transit
  • The Importance of Water Levels
  • How to Budget and How to Write a Check

Mr. Liptak, a former Carpenter with the Union, works hard on the engagement of the students as well, online and in person, to make them feel as though they belong. He tries to work with them in whatever way possible to help them achieve their career goal in the field of Carpentry. In order to do this, he has transformed some of his review sessions into a game show in which students can steal points from other students if they do not have the proper answers. Questions can be about anything like ‘tool safety’, ‘square foundations’ to proper calculations using the Pythagorean Theorem when planning to build a roof or a set of stairs to code. Another way to make the students feel welcomed? Nicknames.  Nicknames have become an important part of Carpentry in which Mr. Liptak has become ‘Lip’. And what do the students think of this?  They love it, plain and simple.

Ashton ‘Heartache’ Hartsock and Dajuan “Scooter’ Schoedel, both of Freedom Area School District, are new to the program this year. 
 
Ashton commented, “Don’t get me wrong, I do like being here much better than having virtual class but I don’t feel as though we missed out on the knowledge part at all. We covered so much theory about Carpentry when we were at home, that I felt like I knew something already when I walked into class last week.”
 
Dajuan said, “Online instruction was okay but I like being here much more because I know I am a hands-on learner. It’s great to be here now!” 
 
Mr. Liptak says, “Anyone who wants to be a Carpenter has to know the basics of this field before actually building something, so virtual instruction for me and my students wasn’t an issue at all. As a matter of fact, students this year will walk away with more theory than before, which is a good thing! If you don’t know the basics, how can a builder make the building structurally sound? Knowing the basics is being safe and safety should be everyone’s concern, first and foremost.”
 

Carpentry students, we are ALL looking forward to seeing your projects this year and welcome you back!

Thousands in Scholarships Awarded

Makayla Parkes, Health Occupations senior from New Brighton. Not even that mask could hide Makayla's smile...
Makayla Parkes, Health Occupations senior from New Brighton School District, is on her second binder of college acceptance letters and scholarships. This future health professional student has accumulated a combined total of $79,000 in scholarships for her first year of school, ranging from $4k to $21,500 per year, most of which are recurring. WOW!
 
Currently, Ms. Parkes has been accepted to the following colleges/universities (and those with an * awarded scholarships):
 
  • Community College of Beaver County
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • * Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • * Point Park University
  • * Robert Morris University
  • The University of Akron
  • * Thiel College
  • * University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • * Waynesburg University
  • Youngstown State University
Makayla comments, “Being enrolled in Health Occupations has pushed me harder to do better in all my classes at New Brighton. Because of this program, I was able to establish my career goal and that has made a huge difference for me academically.”
 
Makayla’s main goal is to be an RN and she already plans to pursue her BSN. She mentioned that her clinical rotation time will help her to determine a working environment and specialty in the health industry.
 
What do her personal circle of supporters think? Makayla mentioned just how proud her mom is and how she gets excited to see all the different packets and letters arrive in the mail. Ms. Theresa Cairns, Health Occupations Instructor and Ms. Izz, Health Occupations Instructional Assistant, are also proud of Makayla. Ms. Cairns said, “The opportunities open to Makayla do not surprise me with the type of student she is. She is dedicated and hardworking. She is helpful to others and involved in the program, especially HOSA (the program’s student organization) and volunteering when she can. I am very proud of her and know she will make a great decision among those opportunities!
 
Makayla, we at BCCTC, think this is some sort of record for the program and couldn’t be more excited about your future! No matter what school you select, without question, you will be successful and eventually be an AMAZING medical professional! All the best to you!

‘Teacher Feature’ in Business Information Systems

Ms. Renee DiGiacomo, Business Information Systems Instructor and FBLA Advisor

Throughout this first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students have been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have all asked, “How are you going to teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and have come up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with this new learning platform.

Our next featured teacher from BCCTC is Ms. Renee DiGiacomo, Business Information Systems teacher and FBLA Advisor.  Ms. DiGiacomo’s program is actively affiliated with Bender Leadership Academy and Job Genius from Express Employment Professionals.

“The students have been knocking the ball out of the ballpark,” Ms. DiGiacomo said. She continues, “They know how to interact virtually and they are just being wonderful with the online learning process.  Even their attendance is amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of my students! For them to show up alert and ready to work as they have been, proves to me that they are wanting to be a part of the CTC and this program.”

So what have the students in Business Information Systems been doing?  They started this marking period with Communication Skills for Business, i.e., CSB.  CBS entails:

  • Verbal, written or virtual communication methods
  • Ways in which to analyze the effectiveness of the message to the target audience
  • Addressing ethical and legal issues for proper communications
  • Problem solving when dealing with business issues

The students also went on a virtual field trip to see Pittsburgh Technical College or PTC, where they visited the campus and had an overview of different programs related to the student’s interest.  In addition, they were also made aware of the articulated credit they could receive from PTC should they enroll as five BIS graduates are currently enrolled there now.

After the field trip, one of those alumni students, who is now majoring in Computer Science at PTC, spoke on the importance of joining FBLA in BIS and encouraged the students to work as hard as possible to achieve the certifications offered in the program. Why? For good reason! He was one of two recipients of the FBLA scholarship and received articulated credit from PTC!

Due to the amount of theory presented to the students as this nine-week period comes to a close, they will soon be working on obtaining the following industry certifications when they return to the classroom next week:

And because of the partnership with PTC, students will have a Cyber Security Specialist doing a virtual experience with them from his lab.  Also on the agenda—a virtual field trip to Inventionland, a Pittsburgh-based immersive work environment and idea incubator where projects are brought to life through creativity.

BIS Students!  We are so looking forward to having you and all the other students return to BCCTC next week!  It seems like whether your career path is cyber security, communications, computer science, international business or customer service, ‘Ms. D’ has you working hard to find your talent in the business world. Stay safe!

‘Teacher Feature’ in HVAC-R

Throughout this first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students have been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have all asked, “How are you going to teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and have come up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with this new learning platform.     

The next featured teacher from BCCTC is Mr. Dan Ostronic, HVAC-R Instructor, SkillsUSA Advisor and active member of the Beaver Valley Contractors & Suppliers Association.  

‘Mr. O’, as his students refer to him, started off this nine weeks with OSHA-10 training and interviewing techniques, utilizing Career Safe for both activities.  In addition, his students have learned the theory behind the operation of a furnace and the process that it undergoes so that it operates properly. 

So that students relate to the online videos and demonstrations that Mr. O show and explains to them, pictures of their own furnaces are taken and shared with the class.  This allows for an in-depth online discussion of: 

  • different makes and models of furnaces 
  • problem solving of recurring issues, if any 
  • placement of the filters 
  • size variations of filters 
  • gas vs. electric heating 

Mr. O says, “You know, this school is cool. If a student learns a trade, they’ll never be without work. I think that is the best statement I could ever make to any student that is out there because it’s a fact.” 

Mr. Ostronic is a former career & technical student from A.W. Beattie CTC, located in North Allegheny.  He participated in SkillsUSA, a CTE student organization and because of his sheet metal ability in high school, being 1st in the State of PA allowed him to compete at the national level where he earned a 2nd place finish overall.  In addition, Mr. O was a cooperative education student, starting his HVAC-R career during his senior year. Now?  Not only does he teach our program, but during his personal time, he runs his own HVAC business as well.  Some professional advice from Mr. O since we are heading into cooler months?  “Check your furnace filter and if it hasn’t been changed in the last 3 months, you may want to have it changed.” 

Looking forward to having you back in the building, HVAC-R students!  When you do return, Mr. O is going to have you install a furnace, make it start and then run for a period of time.  Sounds like you will have the warmest program in the building!  Until then…  please stay safe! 

‘Teacher Feature’ in Machine Tool Technology

Mr. George Metz, Machine Tool Technology Instructor & BotsIQ Advisor

Throughout this first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students have been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have all asked, “How are you going to teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and have come up with some incredible ways for their students to be engaged with this new learning platform.

Our next ‘featured teacher’ is Mr. George Metz, Machine Tool Technology instructor and BotsIQ Advisor. Mr. Metz started the nine weeks getting his student’s accounts activated so that they can begin work on obtaining their OSHA-10 certification. Since then, he has been demonstrating to the students each day, integrating the math equations and measurements required to problem solve the work of a machinist and/or CNC operator.

More importantly, Mr. Metz has arranged for his instruction to showcase the industrial roles each of his students may find themselves in after graduation. Careers such as a…

· PROGRAMMER in which someone does the calculations and makes the program for a precision part to be made

· SET UP Person inputs the program into the machine and clamps the raw materials that is run through the program for the machine to make the desired part

· OPERATOR makes sure that the part is being made to the specific size

Students have been observing the uses of a(n):

  • Band Saw that cuts materials to the size required for the desired product; In our program, MTT students witnessed a 12 ft. pipe cut to a 1 ft. pipe.
  • Arbor Press or a bending machine for bending metal.
  • CNC Milling Machine which takes rough-cut pieces to make the practical use of metal for the part that is needed for the project.
  • Bridgeport Milling Machine to drill holes in stainless steel.
  • Manual Lathe to machine parts to the required size.

When Machine Tool Technology students return to the program, Mr. Metz wants them to go ‘back to basics’. “My new students have yet to work on one of these machines and my returning students will need a refresher,” Mr. Metz says. “All students should go back to basics to get reacquainted or acquainted with the lab area and the uses of each machine. Safety first!”

One of the first hands-on projects the students will have to work on is threading. However, (trumpet sounds), new to the program this year is a CNC Plasma Table and Mr. Metz is anxiously awaiting for the return of his students so that they can work on additional but different projects than in the past!

Machine Tool Technology students, Mr. Metz and the BCCTC staff is looking forward to you returning to the program! We can’t wait to see what types of designs and ideas you come up with for that plasma cutter! Until then, stay safe…

‘Teacher Feature’ in Veterinary Assistant

Mrs. Stephanie Vuckovich, Veterinary Assistant Instructor

Throughout this first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students have been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have all asked, “How are you going to teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and have come up with some incredible ways for their students to be engaged with this new learning platform.     

Our next featured teacher from BCCTC is Mrs. Stephanie Vuckovich, Veterinary Assistant Instructor. Mrs. Vuckovich is really looking forward to her students returning to the program!  She said her students express the same feeling when they have their online discussions. “I feel for the students,” she says. “Having virtual classes is not the most optimal mode of instruction but it’s important to keep the content interesting while we are waiting for normalcy to set back in our routines. I have to say that considering our current circumstance, I am so proud of my students and how well they are doing!” 

So what are the Veterinary Assistant students doing? The returning students are working on the Approved Veterinary Assistant Designation Certification, which would give them the credential that is recognized in this industry throughout the United States.  In addition, these students are also studying animal nutrition and pharmacology.   

New students to the program are learning about the various canine breeds and a variety of different genetic diseases in purebred dogs. Interested in learning more about the canine species? Go to: American Kennel Club.

Usually it is at this time of the year when our fury friends from Beaver County Humane Society come to the program two days out of the week for the Veterinary Assistant students to take vitals, conduct urine and stool testing, and check their ears for infections. Mrs. Vuckovich wants to ensure her students and the community that this practice will continue once the school reopens.  

Veterinary Assistant students, YOU ARE MISSED by Mrs. Vuckovich, Bear, the BCCTC Staff, and the animals from BCHS misses your care and community service as well! Looking forward to seeing you all again! 

‘Teacher Feature’ in Logistics & Materials Management

Mr. Chris Graham, Logistics & Materials Management Instructor & DECA Advisor

Throughout this first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students have been attending their elected programs online, regardless if they are a new or returning student. Students, parents, and other educators have all asked, “How are you going to teach career and technical education virtually?” Thankfully, here at BCCTC, our teachers, professionals from their own respective industries, are creative and have come up with some incredible ways for their students to get engaged with this new learning platform. 

Our ‘Featured Teacher’ today is Mr. Chris Graham, Logistics & Materials Management Instructor and DECA Advisor. Mr. Graham is working a couple of different curriculum’s depending on his student’s grade level.  

  • First year students are working on warehousing and transportation theory material. This would be the fundamentals of the trade.
  • Second year students are working on warehousing and distribution theory material. They are also working on obtaining their first industry credential, so they are underway with the OSHA 10 General Industry Certification process.  The term ‘General Industry’, according to OSHA.gov, refers to all industries not included in agriculture, construction or maritime. 
  • Third year students are working on ‘3PL’ which refers to a third party warehouse that distributes products for companies who do not have the capability to perform the distributive process. Companies like NFI (located in New Galilee, PA), UPS Supply Chain Solutions, J.B. Hunt and U.S. Xpress are examples of ‘3PL’ companies.  You might see their trucks when out and about.

What else are students covering in the Logistics program?

  • Warehousing and distribution and its importance relating to Manufacturing Support
  • The importance of the ‘supply chain’, sourcing of materials and how it links together in the current world economy
  • How the ‘supply chain’ is currently being restructured for the betterment here in the United States
  • The jobs in distribution centers today that are growing by leaps and bounds that include –
    • Blue Collar Type: Package Handlers & Forklift Operators
    • White Collar Type: Management positions (typically hired from within the organization) with hands-on experience
    • Gold Collar Type: Employees with an IT background combined with a warehousing and distributive background help to maintain the automated equipment

Mr. Graham says, “Each and every person benefits from logistics, warehousing and distribution, but most people do not know what it is and what it all entails. Most people just see packages arriving at their residence after placing an order online. From the groceries in your pantry to any products available to us all, at any given retail store, the products we all purchase have traveled on a plane, ship, train or truck for our consumption or use. Where would we be if we didn’t have the Logistics Industry in our everyday life?”  Great question, Mr. Graham!

Plans are in the works for the students to go on virtual tours to actually see how distribution centers work.  They may view:

Logistic students, Mr. Graham knows you are missing the hands-on portion of the program but he’s looking forward to having you back in class so that he can teach you how to operate the forklift, use the vertical carousel, properly secure a package for shipment and safely operate the cardboard bailer used for recycling purposes.  We all hope to see you soon, as all of you are missed!