‘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!

‘Teacher Feature’ in Electrical Occupations

Mr. George Mitsch, Electrical Occupations Instructor and active member of the Beaver Valley Contractors & Suppliers Association

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’ is Mr. George Mitsch, Electrical Occupations Instructor and an active member of the Beaver Valley Contractors & Suppliers Association.  He and his students are currently and will continue to cover vital construction safety practices with an emphasis on electrical safety.  Safety that OSHA regulates on any work site.  For any of you reading this that is aware of safety at a construction worksite, you will know that is a lot of material to cover, especially in the electrical field!  And, it is also known that before ANY construction happens, one of the very first actions to take is the installation of electricity.

New students to the program are learning as returning students are reviewing the following:

  • GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault within as little as 1/40 of a second)
  • Disconnects (A disconnect is an isolated switch used to ensure that an electrical circuit is completely deenergized for service or maintenance)
  • Breakers (An automatically-operated switch designed to protect a circuit from damage caused by an overload of electricity or short circuit)
  • Switches & Receptacles (A receptacle is the formal term for ‘outlet’)

“At least this portion of my program is all theory,” said Mr. Mitsch. “A good work ethic and +positive safety attitude (not a -negative one) at work is worth more than two books of knowledge.”

He does show them different sizes of cables, explains their purposes, and would tell them where they would be used and why. He can show them a video on how to safely change a furnace motor as well. However, Mr. Mitsch knows that his students should be associating the physical part of the electrical industry with the theory. And how does he do that remotely?  He tells his students to go to their bathrooms and kitchens to check the receptacles that have been previously installed.  He wants them to see if there is a GFCI type there and if there isn’t, he will teach them how to replace them once they return to his classroom.

Our Electrical Occupations students are receiving the same theory instruction they would have received as if sitting in the program today! Good thing there are several examples at their homes, from electrical fans to residential lighting and those examples previously mentioned, that students can now begin to appreciate and understand just how much we ALL rely on electricity.

Electrical students, enjoy the theory you are receiving now…  Mr. Mitsch has ALL KINDS of hands-on projects for you, when you return! 

‘Teacher Feature’ in Graphic Arts & Printing

Mrs. Nicole DeMark, Graphic Arts & Printing Instructor

New Weld Hoods, Thanks to MSA

The picture says it all! Today, NO ONE could be more excited to receive a shipment of welding hoods than Mr. Carl Cosentino, BCCTC’s Welding Instructor. Why?  40 Miller Elite Series, auto-darkening welding shields were donated to the program by MSA, The Safety Company, located in Cranberry Township.  In addition to the welding shields, they also sent over 40 hard hats as well.  
 
‘Mr. C’ was overwhelmed with the company’s generosity and cannot thank them enough… He said, “These hoods will benefit my program greatly! These are quality hoods and I know my students and visitors to the program will have a more positive welding experience because of them.  Not to mention that these are industrial, meaning they will stand up to the daily abuse of the wear and tear in my welding lab. I couldn’t be more appreciative!”
 
On behalf of the Administration and especially Mr. Cosentino, THANK YOU MSA for your donation to our Welding program!
 

‘Teacher Feature’ in Culinary Arts

Mrs. Camille Stevenson, Culinary Arts Instructor and Student Organization Advisor for both ProStart and FCCLA

Throughout the first nine weeks of school for the 2020-21 academic year, Beaver County Career & Technology students will be 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 first featured teacher from BCCTC is Mrs. Camille Stevenson, Culinary Arts Instructor as well as the Advisor for both ProStart and FCCLA student organizations.  When meeting with Mrs. Stevenson, not only did her lesson plans for her students sound exciting but she was just as excited to share!  She said, “In the past, my students expressed their concerns and have asked about the cruelty to animals when being raised specifically for the food industry. I wanted them to not just learn about the methods of how some animals are raised for the industry but know where our food comes from and/or where it is grown.” 

How is this for the beginning of the school year in Culinary Arts – SEVEN field trips, online, of course!  The students will be virtually experiencing and seeing: 

“I just want my students to realize that just because they come to my program, doesn’t mean that their only hope for a culinary related job is in a kitchen or a restaurant. SO NOT TRUE! My program offers MANY diverse career related pathways in this industry. Just ask my graduates!”, Mrs. Stevenson said. 

After the students attend their online field trips, it will be down to business in which safety, sanitation, and equipment identification will be covered.  Sophomores and Juniors will then move onto baking and the Seniors will begin on sauces. 

Culinary Arts students, hope you enjoy those field trips and the beginnings of your career in the Culinary Arts Industry, whatever path you choose! 

2020 HOSA State Conference Results Announced

Our Health Occupations students participate in a student organization called, HOSA which is an organization for future health professionals. Prior to the pandemic, our students worked extremely hard in preparing for HOSA’s State Conference that was scheduled this past April and like everything else, was cancelled. Just recently, HOSA offered a virtual awards ceremony for a few of the events they were able to judge and HOSA Advisors, Ms. Theresa Cairns, Health Occupations Instructor and Mrs. Izzy Mitsch, Health Occupations Instructional Assistant, are very happy to announce a list of winners from that ceremony.

Congratulations to the following student winners!

The Health Care Issues Exam is an exam in which students were required to investigate, analyze and answer questions of various application knowledge of current health care related issues. Congratulations to:

1st Place: Ahtalya Fragozo from Beaver Area School District  

2nd Place: Fakhar Mohammed from New Brighton Area School District

According to HOSA’s website, the Barbara James Service Award is in memory of Barbara James, 1982-83 HOSA Inc. Board Chairman. Her leadership skills and contributions to HOSA exemplify the caring and compassion of HOSA members. This award seeks to recognize individual HOSA members who have a commitment to community service in health. Obtaining the Barbara James Service Award affords our Health Occupations recipients the ability to apply and be eligible for health related scholarships. Congratulations to:

Silver Level – 175-249 service hours:

Aracely Chace-Escobedo from Central Valley

Emily Kunzmann from Central Valley

Haleigh Grabski from Beaver

Annaka Duzan from Western Beaver

Bronze Level – 100-174 service hours:

Brianna Specht from Blackhawk

Elaina Galino from Beaver

Loren Moratta from Hopewell

Haley Sterling from Ambridge

Colton Ball from New Brighton

Hanna Hohenshel from Western Beaver

Shimyia Hugley from Beaver

Morgan Isles from Ambridge

Allison Paull from Hopewell

Justin Ruckert from Freedom

Madison Graeff from Riverside

Jaycie Hunt from New Brighton

Desiree Webb from New Brighton

Isn’t great to know that these students, who have joined the ever growing, “Cairns Crew”, will be taking care of those in need like those who have preceded them??? CONGRATULATIONS to these OUTSTANDING students for their achievements!

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Capture the memories of this historic year with our CTC’s stories… The 2020 yearbook is now on sale, and you don’t want to miss out!

You can easily purchase this yearbook for only $20.00!

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