SCCTC available to Tioga County schools

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, which recently entered into a dual enrollment program with Mansfield University, is now able to offer its programs to Tioga County school districts.

“Right now, Tioga County has no technology programs available,” said SCCTC director Alice Davis at the SCCTC school board meeting Thursday (Sept, 20). “There are some in-house programs at some schools, like food services or business, but they are very limited.”

In the course of negotiations with Mansfield University for the dual education and nursing programs, Tioga County schools were brought up, said Superintendent William Bush.

After some research, it was decided that the SCCTC could offer its programs, beginning with medical field offerings, to Tioga County schools. “They, are very excited, especially because of the opportunity to work with Mansfield,” Davis said.

The Tioga students will not have to commute to the Elk Lake campus, but will be able to do their coursework on the Mansfield University campus or at the Robert Packer Medical Center nearby.

Board member Donica McGee asked if the classes will be conducted at the same time, and was told that they would be.

“We are going to start in the medical field, and then expand,” Davis said.

Two students presented projects they are supervising during the meeting. Bruce Castelli introduced Matt Harvey and Colbin Fury, who each described projects they are doing in shop classes for the building trades program.

Harvey designed and is building a press box for Elk Lake sports events, with the help of five or six fellow students. The box will be used for scorekeeping and the press, and will be portable, so that it can be moved from field to field. Approximately 18 feet by 8 feet, it will include lighting and run on extension cord power.

Fury’s project is the construction of dog houses, which will be sold to benefit the True Friends Animal Shelter in Montrose. He is the foreman on the project, with four assistants. So far, five dog houses have been competed in different sizes.

The SCCTC’s cosmetology program was recently recognized with the “Exemplary Program of the Year” award, given at the Pennsylvania Career and Technical Association Conference in Lancaster.

During the 2011-12 school year, the cosmetology students held numerous fundraisers which raised over $10,000 to donate to community programs.

Three of the staff members, Amy Bush, Sue Birtch, and Kimberly Cosklo, presented a project called “Literacy and Math in Cosmetology.” The bound project book demonstrates a “funner way to teach,” they said. It also demonstrates ways to build mathematical and writing skills while teaching clinicians how to manage a salon and enhance the hair and skin of their clients.

Davis told the SCCTC board members Tuesday that the September CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) program is already full, and that applications are being taken for the next CNA program, which will begin in October.

A dual enrollment program for SCCTC students in cooperation with Mansfield University was announced, and students may enroll until Oct.1 for courses that can be taken on site for college credit, or for online courses. The next enrollment deadline will be Mar. 1.

Davis said that SCCTC had a booth at the Harford and Kiwanis Wyoming County fairs, and at the Cabot picnic.

The substitute list for the 2012-13 school year was approved, as were leadership teams.

A permanent contract was approved for culinary arts teacher Dave Dunster.

Mentors were appointed, including Mrs. Bush, Gary Fenton,and  Bruce Castelli.

Mrs. Sherrie Bazin, a graduate of Elk Lake, was hired for the LPN program coordinator position. John Gazzilla was hired for the building trades teaching position.

The Scranton Chamber of Commerce sent the SCCTC a congratulations letter on the opening of the new building, and donated $6,000 for the welding program.