Sunday, March 26, 2017

Students at Work: CoOp Assignments

Congratulations to the following students who have successfully landed a job and are now doing what they came here to do:  Work in their field of study!

Keep making us proud!

Please take a moment to support these businesses who support our students!  Thank you all!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

College Acceptances!

Holy Cow -- Check out these seniors who have received acceptance letters:  
  • Allegra Assid, HA, Veterinary Medicine:  Westminster College ($15,000 Blue and White Award), Grove City College,Butler County Community College, Geneva College, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Clarion University, Edinboro University
  • Samara Grimes, HA, Pre-Nursing:  Butler County Community College
  • Kalley McClure, CR, Criminal Justice & Pastoral Ministry :  Waynesburg University  ($24,000 Waynesburg Opportunity Award recipient), University of Pittsburgh, NYACK College
  • Machaela Nail, HA, Pre-Nursing:  Butler County Community College
  • Samantha Turner, CA, Social Work:  Butler County Community College
  • Damian Quimby, COT:  Slippery Rock University
Congratulations to our college-bound seniors!!  We wish you the very best!  

If you or a friend of yours has received confirmation letters to college, please let Damian, Kalley, or Gemma know.  We'd love to add your name to this growing list!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Raining Cats and Dogs: Vet Assistant ~ Kyleigh Johnson

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in Veterinary Assistant for a day? Many people have the misconception that all we do is pet puppies and kittens all day, but ... that’s not the case at all.  So what would a typical day be like in this shop?

In Vet Assistance, you'll learn many employable skills. In this particular shop on clinical days (or as we like to name the, "dog spa days"), you'll learn many hands-on skills such as different restraints, proper grooming, nail trimming, blood drawing, and much more!

But hands-on skills are not the only thing you will learn; on theory days, you will use several different hands-on strategies to learn about different types of dog and cat breeds, everything from the anatomy to the different types of systems in the body of animals, medical terminology, and syringe reading. Using technology, you'll play several different types of educational games, and you won't even realize you're learning!

If you choose Vet Assistant, you will be doing different types of tests such as urine and fecal.

While in this shop, you’ll also be learning the different fields you can go into. If you are thinking of working in a veterinary clinic, you would probably consider being a Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technologist, a Receptionist, or an Assistant. However, if the clinic doesn’t seem like your type of dream job, there are other related careers working with animals, as well. Those jobs include a groomer, a caretaker for an animal or even an animal trainer! Regardless of your career ambition, this is the shop for any animal lover.

It's not all hugs and kisses and neck scratches and tail wagging and belly rubbing ...well... may be it is a "little" or that, but there is a lot of theory and hands-on training, too!

In a typical day in Vet tech, you would walk into your shop and walk to the back kennels to see what dogs you would be working on. You will notice on whether they may be aggressive or not. If they are, you know to prepare yourself beforehand to grab muzzles for that particular dog. Next, you’ll lead your patient, medical chart in hand, to start you day. You will be preforming many tasks on this animal. You will be checking their heart and breathing rate, checking cleaning their teeth, trimming nails, bathing, and many other tasks. When you complete everything you have to do with your patient, you can then fill out their medical chart and let the animal run and play around.

This shop may seem easier than most, but it's not. With hard work and commitment, if you want a career in this field, it will all pay off. This shop will not only let you see how Veterinary Assistants care for pets behind the clinic doors, this shop will also open your eyes to the many different jobs you can have that have to deal with animals. It will show you how challenging yet enjoyable it is to be apart of a vet clinic team or a groomer; you can be that person who can help make an animal happy and healthy, too!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LCCTC Earns a 100% Score for the SWPBS Audit!

LCCTC's recent School Wide Positive Behavior (SWPB) Audit was a tremendous success.  The LCCTC received a 100% score from the evaluators.  

Our principal, Mr. Milanovich, would like to thank  all who participated and put the many hours of hard work into this team effort.  He is also thankful for our students and their willingness to answer the questions the auditors had.  The auditors were quite impressed.  

We should be very proud and satisfied with the results.  A special thank you should be passed around to the SWPBS team members for their effort in this team victory:  Mrs. Lynch, Mr. Neve, Mr. Orelli, Mr. Pavia and Ms.Young.

Because of our outstanding results from this audit, LCCTC will be recognized on the PDE website, and we will be invited to participate in the State Implementers' Forum.  Additionally, LCCTC will receive a Tier 1 Fidelity banner and will be eligible for several Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) grants!

Take a moment to enjoy the video highlighting our incentive program; this video will be featured at the Film Festival during May's PBIS conference:

According to the PAPBS website:
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is an evidence-based, cost-effective, systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. 
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports eliminates barriers to learning, creates and maintains a safe and effective learning environment in schools, and ensures that all students have the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. 
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports helps schools teach students expected behaviors and social skills, creates student behavioral health and academic support systems, and applies data-based decision-making to discipline, academics, and social/emotional learning.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lighting Our World: EO Installs LED Lighting

"Happiness does not come from a job.  It comes from knowing what you truly value and behaving in a way that's consistent in those beliefs."  ~ Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs

In the final week of February, a time of year typically plagued with snow and freezing temperatures, some of our students enjoyed the warmth and sun on a 60 degree day, but were they merely breathing in fresh air?  Not our kiddos!  They were helping to make our school safe.

Mr. Montini and the EO shop work to replace our school's
lights with energy-efficient LED lighting.

How you ask?  Electrical Occupations (EO) instructor, Mr. Montini, and the EO juniors and seniors were replacing the energy-gobbling metal halide lights at the front of our school.  

"Replacing these lights with LED (light-emitting diode) lights will use 80% less energy and give us 100% better lighting," states Mr. Montini.  He estimates that by being able to utilize the manpower of our LCCTC students, our school saved four to five thousand dollars -- not to mention savings in monthly electricity bills!  

Our administration is quite proud of their work, as well. "We hire the best teachers to instruct our students on how to complete the best work," declares Principal Milanovich.  "Mr. Montini and the Electrical Occupations class is no exception. We look forward to them shinning a bright light on our CTC through their dedicated and hard work within our building."

"Mr. Montini and his students are professionals," agrees Mr. Rich, Director. "They work in harmony with our existing maintenance product. It is wonderful to see the students here perform at such a high level. It is also unique when the students can have a degree of ownership in their school because they help maintain their school."

Ryan works to disconnect the original wiring.

Juniors Mike Birckbichler and Gordon Yoder both feel proud that the administration trusts their shop to do the job.  "We study hard to learn our trade, and I enjoy being able to use what I know to help  my school," states Mike.

Senior Josh Quigly adds, "It was honestly really cool to help with this project.  I got real on-the-job experience; this helped me learn, but it feels good to help the school, too!"
Gordon Yoder hoists the lamp down to the
ground as QueaVaughn and the other EO
crew assists.
"It was a great experience being able to use the skills we've learned in the field -- even if it's in our own front yard.  It helps me to have a better understanding of what I might do after I graduate," reflects senior, Matt Michael.

In the coming months, EO will continue to assist the maintenance team here at LCCTC to replace the rest of the lights around the school's property.

In other words, our students are learning to "work hard AND smart" (Rowe) here at LCCTC.

Safety first!  Dustin Crowley secures the
ladder for a classmate while Dustin
helps direct the light into place.

HA Blood Drive: Why I Donated Blood ~ Brandee D'Ambrosi

Most people think that the only way to save a life is to become a Firefighter, a Surgeon, or even a Police Officer. I am not one to select those options as my career, but I still can find a way to save three lives -- all because of the Blood Drive on February 28th, 2017.

In the United States, approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day. One out of every seven people entering the hospital needs blood, and one blood donation of one pint has the potential to save 3 lives. At the blood drive, 95 of LCCTC’s very own students and faculty came together to donate a pint of blood each. With all of the donations, we potentially saved 285 lives!
Krista and Gemma are all smiles for the day!
When I asked the Health Assistance teacher, Mr.Pavia why he organized the Blood Drive, he told me a story that took me by surprise:
  • Last month, there was a 17 year old who had a rare bleeding disorder at a hospital in Pittsburgh. There was a national blood shortage, so hour by hour, they didn’t know whether they would have enough blood to keep the boy alive. Thankfully, the boy lived.
“Most people don’t realize how much donations help the gravely ill hospitalized patients,” recalls our school nurse, Mrs. Cwynar. “When I worked at Children’s, blood transfusions were a daily procedure.”
It's really not that bad!
“You depend on people to donate blood. We can make a lot of things, but we can’t make blood.” added Mr.Pavia.  “By having the blood drives here at LCCTC, we have such a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in our community. With us now joining with the Central Blood Bank, the all of the local hospitals in this area utilize this service.  I can’t thank you all enough.”

LCCTC graduate, Maddy, returns to help others
From the moment that I got my Blood Drive permission slip, the excitement I felt was more than I could bare, but when I donated, physically, it was not the best feeling in the world. Watching a 16 gauge (HUGE) needle go into my arm was not my favorite part, and feeling lightheaded afterward didn’t feel too good either. I definitely didn’t feel very well after donating, but the thought of possibly saving 3 lives made me feel much better.

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
-Steve Maraboli

Mr Milanovich donates, yet again as Mr. Pavia volunteers to insert the needle!  LOL
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Hallie and Paige give moral support to Alaina
Alize and Brittany help with registration
Ha is ready to help you with snacks!
Mr. Dudich, Head Custodian
Mrs. Sipe, Secretary

Mrs. Kolodziej, Business Office
??, Cyber Academy
Jacob, COT
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Mr. Anabelle , Custodian
Mrs. Cepro, Cosmetology Instructor
Mrs. O'Donnell

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Honor in Skill and Knowledge ~ Damian Quimby

“It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.” (Niccolo Machiavelli).

My participation in both SkillsUSA and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) has enhanced my personal and professional development; I have become a better student -- a better professional.

Excellence in career and technical education means that even in a career-based education, an equal combination of skill and academics is imperative. It is a perfect blend of technical and scholastic learning to achieve critical thinking skills found in everyday life.
Both clubs help me strive to be my very best. SkillsUSA helps me strive to become outstanding in my technical area with the the challenging aspect of competition. NTHS encourages me to be the best that I can be in my academic courses so that I can maintain my standing in the club. The two combined will help me in my pursuit in the technological field.

Competition in SkillsUSA teaches me to compete in life. It teaches me to produce the best possible product for a company.One of the most prominent moments for me was the NTHS induction ceremony.  With the lighting of each of the colors, I now understand my value and worth in the world; it taught me that I will always need to be honest and truthful with everyone, and it encouraged me to achieve each career and academic goal, and hold them with honor.  
Because of my participation in both organizations,  my skills have skyrocketed; my academic achievement has amplified.

“I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me.
I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.”
~Mike Rowe