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GACTC receives $50,000 state grant to upgrade equipment


The GACTC has received a $50,000 Pennsylvania Department of Education grant to purchase new equipment aligned to training students for jobs in high demand. The GACTC received the maximum grant available through the competitive Career & Technical Education Equipment Grant Program, which recently awarded nearly $1.5 million to 39 CTCs and three school districts across the commonwealth. “The GACTC is always working to provide real-world training that reflects industry standards,” said Nicole Zernick, CTE Coordinator. “This grant allows us to make critical upgrades that will enhance opportunities for our students, so that they're even better prepared for careers in today's workforce.” [...]

GACTC receives $50,000 state grant to upgrade equipment2022-01-03T14:48:40-05:00

GACTC students excel in Carnegie Science Center competition


Secondary students at the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC) recently placed in the top eight teams at the National Engineers Week Chain Reaction Contraption Contest at the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh. The annual contest is designed to foster an interest in engineering by challenging students to create a machine that will accomplish a specific task in at least 20 steps. In 2021, the task was “turn the page.” Each team submits preliminary design drawings for their contraption (which can be no larger than 2'X3'X5'), project progress photos/videos, and reports to document their contraption's evolution, then presents their contraptions [...]

GACTC students excel in Carnegie Science Center competition2022-01-03T13:19:41-05:00

December 2021 Newsletter


December has been busy at the GACTC. We held an Open House, the Cares Committee purchased gifts for nine GACTC families, the sending school Superintendents met at the GACTC for their monthly Professional Advisory Council meeting, and so much more. Read all about it in our December newsletter. Use the sign-up form at that bottom of this page to get our newsletter emailed directly to you so you never miss an update.

December 2021 Newsletter2021-12-22T12:16:01-05:00



The GACTC cares — about our students and their families. Each year the GACTC Cares Committee works with faculty to find areas where a little extra help might go a long way for the families of our students. Throughout the school year, funds are raised through faculty “dress down” days, anonymous donations and other creative events. The most recognizable part of this program happens around the holidays, when a tree filled with ornaments recognizing select students' needs is erected, allowing GACTC staff members to select an item to personally fulfill. When the holiday break arrives, the Cares Committee collects the remaining [...]

GACTC Cares2021-12-21T13:13:00-05:00

The GACTC is hiring!


The GACTC is hiring! We need your help transforming today's youth and adults into tomorrow's skilled workforce. Open secondary professional teaching positions include an Emergency Services Instructor, while postsecondary positions include Practical Nursing Instructors, HVAC Instructor, and more. Visit our Employment page for a complete list of open positions at the GACTC, and information on how to apply.

The GACTC is hiring!2021-12-16T10:14:07-05:00

The GACTC updates several program names


The GACTC has updated several program names to better align with the education content and industry terminology of the programs. The changes were made in consultation with each program’s Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) and were approved by the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) at the August board meeting. The program name changes are as follows: Computer Programming/Oracle Academy to Computer Programming Drafting/Design Technology is now Engineering Design Technology Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Plumbing (HVAC/P) to HVAC/R Logistics & Materials Management to Logistics & Supply Chain Management Visual Arts Technologies to Graphic Design The GACTC invites you to find out more about [...]

The GACTC updates several program names2021-09-13T09:10:04-04:00

Welcome Back High School Students


Hello Students, Parents, and Families: I hope you are enjoying the summer of 2021! As the new school year approaches, I wanted to reach out to share our excitement and welcome you to the GACTC for a new year of learning! It has been refreshing to feel a sense of normalcy return to our community as the pandemic related restrictions diminish. Although uncertainty remains, safety precautions must be maintained as we prepare to focus on learning and building our skills. The last year-and-a-half taught us so much as we dealt with a pandemic while continuing teaching and learning. Most notably, we [...]

Welcome Back High School Students2021-08-26T13:31:29-04:00
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