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Half-day sessions

Published March 06. 2012 05:01PM

Representatives of Carbon Career and Technical Institute presented information to the Jim Thorpe Area School Board Monday evening concerning its class offerings and how half-day schedules can work for students.

Currently Jim Thorpe Area High School students attend CCTI full time. The school board is looking into more information regarding students attending half day.

Administrative director, David Reinbold, talked about how full-time students complete both their technical classes and academic classes at CCTI.

Half-time students would complete their technical classes at CCTI and their academic classes at their sending high school.

Regarding graduation for half-time students Reinbold said, "They graduate from their sending schools. They get their technical credits from our school and we give that information to the sending school."

The school board will continue looking into and having discussion about the possible option of sending students half time.

Cosmetology instructor, Lisa Walck; health/medical assistant instructor, Michele Dominic; and coordinator of School Improvement, Margaret Kalogerakis also talked about some of the numerous programs CCTI offers.

Walck said the cosmetology program at CCTI is the same type of program that would be offered at a private cosmetology school. If a CCTI cosmetology program student has three years worth of hours, he or she can take the state board exam to be licensed.

Walck also discussed how cosmetology students at CCTI only need to pay for their kit, which costs $320, and the savings there.

Dominic talked about when health/medical students' graduate they can be nurse aid certified. The students can sit for their nurse aid exam in their junior year and can work locally their senior year.

CCTI has an articulation agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College. If a student completes the health/medical program at CCTI and goes to LCCC for its Licensed Practical Nurse program, then the student could get his or her LPN a semester sooner.

Kalogerakis said articulation agreements are done with post-secondary institutions. Students can receive college credits while at CCTI if they continue in that field. Many of the technical areas have articulation agreements.

In other news, the board accepted the proposed CCTI 2012-2013 operating budget.

CCTI business administrator Jeffry Deutsch said that the district share is based off a historical averaging formula. The active district share for each Carbon County school district was calculated by averaging the enrollment for the two years prior.

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