Northumberland County Career & Technology Education

General Information

 

OUR MISSION – The NCCTC mission is to provide an opportunity for all students to develop the necessary attitudes and technical skills to compete in the global workforce.

OUR SCHOOL – Northumberland County CTC is dedicated to offering the best technical service and trade programs to allow our students to develop a labor market advantage to obtain viable employment and/or post-secondary education.  The three participating school districts in Northumberland County are:  Shamokin Area, Mount Carmel Area, Line Mountain School Districts and Our Lady of Lourdes High School.

The ultimate purpose of technical education is to help each student become an effective citizen in our democracy.  To develop and accept the responsibilities and obligations of a good citizen will help you to participate successfully in the world of tomorrow.  We hope that you would participate in our activities and thus find the education and training offered in our school helpful in preparing you to live a better life and become a competitor in our emerging workforce.

YOUR CHOICE – You will want to base your decision on your interest, abilities, and career goals.  Students have an opportunity to get a sound, theoretical background and literal hands-on experience in the field of their choice.  Students who work seriously in completing our programs have an edge and will excel at a more rapid pace when entering the workforce than students who have not completed a program in our setting.

EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT – Students can earn advanced placement at various post-secondary institutions by taking advantage of a local articulation agreement established between the institution and the CTC or by utilizing Pennsylvania’s statewide articulation system.

Local articulation agreements have been established with post-secondary institutions or career schools throughout the region. See Articulation Agreements table for specific information.

Through the Pennsylvania statewide articulation system, students who complete a NCCTC Program of Study (POS) course may be eligible for credit/advanced standing in one of many participating post-secondary institutions. To view the current statewide agreements, visit www.collegetransfer.net and search PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION – Cooperative Education is a structured paid educational program combining classroom learning with productive experiences in an occupation matching the student learner’s academic and career objective.  The program involves a planned partnership with specified connecting activities and responsibilities among students, parents, schools and employers.

The Co-Op program is open to all students who have completed at least one year in their vocational career path.  Students will learn to apply in an actual work site the knowledge and skills which they have acquired in the formal school setting.

NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL COMPETENCY TESTING INSTITUTE (NOCTI) CERTIFICATION – The Pennsylvania Skills Certificate was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to recognize vocational-technical students who have achieved high skills in their chosen technical area.  To be eligible for the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate, a student must demonstrate that he/she has mastered the knowledge and skills required for an occupation.

To earn the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate, a student must achieve a high score on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) test given in the spring of the senior year.  Students will be tested in two areas.  The written test covers factual knowledge, technical information, and the understanding of principles and problem solving related to the chosen vocational-technical program.  The performance test allows students to demonstrate that they have the skills required to do the job.  The test takes place in the school, where students’ performance will be evaluated by local business and industry persons. 

 LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES – Learning support services are available to students that have learning disabilities and/or special needs.  Course instructors and staff work collaboratively with the learning support teacher and paraprofessionals to provide the most beneficial educational atmosphere for students with special needs.

 Articulation Agreements

 

Institution

CTC Program

Credits Received

Harrisburg Area Community College

One HACC Drive

Harrisburg, PA 17110

(800) 222-4222

www.hacc.edu

Automotive Technology

Healthcare Occupations

Occupational Child Care

Protective Services

Welding Technology

Up to 9 credits

Up to 6 credits

Up to 12 credits

Up to 9 credits

Up to 12 credits

Luzerne County Community College

1333 S Prospect St.

Nanticoke, PA 18634

(800) 377-5222 ext. 7337

www.luzerne.edu

Automotive Technology

Occupational Child Care

Up to 9 credits

Up to 7 credits

Thaddeus Stevens

College of Technology

750 E King St.

Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 299-7701

www.stevenscollege.edu

Automotive Technology

Collision Repair Technology

Welding Technology

Up to 10 credits

Up to 12 credits

Up to 9 credits

Penn College of Technology

1 College Ave.

Williamsport, PA 17701

(570) 326-3761

www.pct.edu

Collision Repair Technology

Healthcare Occupations

Welding Technology

Up to 10 credits

Up to 6 credits

Up to 12 credits

Lackawanna College
501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509

(877) 346-3552

www.lackawanna.edu

Culinary Arts

Healthcare Occupations

Occupational Child Care

Protective Services

Up to 9 credits

Up to 1 credit

Up to 9 credits

Up to 12 credits

Triangle Tech

191 Performance Road

Sunbury, PA 17801

(570) 988-0700

www.triangle-tech.edu

Construction Trades

Welding Technology

Up to 11.5 credits

Up to 14.5 credits

Empire Beauty Academy

30 Baldwin Blvd Suite 50

Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

(570) 486-4368

www.empire.edu

Cosmetology

Earn State Board hours

University of Northwestern Ohio

1441 N. Cable Road

Lima, OH 45805

(419) 998-8889

www.unoh.edu

Auto Technology

Up to 6 credits

 Course Descriptions

Automotive Technology – The program teaches knowledge of the automobile and skills enabling students to diagnose problems.  The major areas of study in the Automotive Technology program are:  fuel and ignition systems, PA State Inspection certification, brake systems, four-wheel alignment, steering and suspension systems, engine repair, engine performance and drivability, automotive electronics, general automotive maintenance and service.  Any student who applies himself in this industry can be ready for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       S/P2 Automotive

·       S/P2 Safety & Pollution Prevention

·       Valvoline Motor Oil Certification

 

 

Collision Repair Technology – This program is designed to provide entry-level training for persons interested in learning to repair damaged vehicles.  Emphasis is placed on the latest techniques in repairing damaged vehicles.  Down draft paint booth and a Chief Frame Machine are used for hands-on practical experience.  Students will master the technique of frame repair, welding, painting, dent removal and detailing.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·      S/P2 Automotive

·       S/P2 Safety & Pollution Prevention

·      Valvoline Motor Oil Certification

 

 

Construction Trades – This program prepares individuals to apply knowledge and skills in the construction technology field. Instruction is provided in the basic skills in a variety of areas associated with building construction such as carpentry, masonry, plumbing, heating and electrical. Instruction includes but is not limited to blue print reading; cost estimating; uses of hand and power tools; cutting, fitting, fastening and finishing various materials; and applying technical specifications and knowledge concerning the physical properties of materials.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       S/P2 Construction

·       Residential Construction Academy

·      OSHA 30 (Construction)

 

 

 

Cosmetology – The program provides instruction in such tasks as nail care, skin care, shampooing, hair cutting, hair styling perm waving, chemical relaxing, curl reformation, hair coloring, and other tasks related to overall grooming and personal appearance.  Application of these skills is performed at the school’s on-site salon clinic.  Students who successfully complete a 1250-hour course will be eligible to apply for a State Board of Cosmetology examination for licensure.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       PA State Board of Cosmetology

·       S/P2 Cosmetology

·       Barbicide

 

Culinary Arts – The Culinary Arts program prepares students to become food handlers, cooks, servers, bakers, and cake decorators.  Food preparation, storage, safety, new food products, and changes in eating habits are addressed.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       S/P2 Culinary

·       ServSafe

·       ProStart

 

 

Healthcare Occupations – This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical or health sciences field.  The program is designed to prepare the student to perform the duties and tasks assigned to a variety of health care professions in the care of patients and to develop the physical, social, and emotional characteristics necessary for the successful completion of these tasks and duties. This program includes instruction in the function and interrelationship of the body systems, effective communication skills and human growth and development.  Other areas of study include career exploration, medical terminology, patient rights, medical ethics, principles of disease and injury, patient care skills, and emergency procedures outside the classroom activities includes field trips, shadowing health care professionals and extended internship opportunities. 

 

PDE-Recognized Industry  Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       Basic Life Support

·       First Aid

·       EKG Technician

·       Home Healthcare

 

 

Occupational Child Care – The program is designed to prepare students to enter a number of fields related to the care and guidance of children or to prepare them to continue their education in elementary or special education, physical or recreational therapy, and social work.  This program includes instruction in the planning and supervision of developmentally appropriate activities for children.  Other areas of study include safety practices, first aid, human growth and development, community and social problems, basic psychology, nutrition, special needs, program management and professionalism.  Students will receive 600 hours of training required by Department of Public Welfare to be an assistant group supervisor in a day care center.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry  Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       Basic Kid Care – Center Based Safety

·       Heartsaver CPR

·       First Aid

 

 

Protective Services – This program offers students training in law enforcement, emergency medical care, and firefighting. The law enforcement course covers criminal justice theory, patrol operations, and crime scene investigation.  The emergency medical services program provides state-certification as an EMT-Basic.  Paramedic assistant skills and basic anatomy and physiology are also included.  The firefighting course provides introductory level training in basic firefighting and rescue operations.  General physical fitness training will be conducted as part of the program to prepare students for pre – employment fitness standards.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry  Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       Basic Life Support

·       OC Spray

·       Expandable Baton

·       Tactical Handcuffing

·       Personal Defense

·       FEMA Emergency Management certificates

 

Welding Technology – Program provides training in the most common welding and cutting techniques:  shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, oxy fuel cutting and plasma cutting.  In most welding applications, filler materials are melted and added to the weld puddle to give the joint greater strength.  It is the job of the welder to control the amount of heat and the size of the melted area, and to add the proper amount of filler material in order to form a strong joint.  Students learn use of welding tools, materials, safety procedures, lay out and fit-up of materials.

 

PDE-Recognized Industry  Certification(s)

Additional Certification(s)

·       S/P2 Welding

·      AWS Entry Level Welder