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Allegheny Trucks, Inc. donates a diesel truck to the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center

(Altoona, PA): Allegheny Trucks, Inc. has donated a preowned diesel truck to the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC) to offer students hands-on learning to examine, diagnose, and repair diesel vehicles. GACTC students in the Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology, and Automotive/Diesel Technology programs will be able to work on the truck. “The industry is in critical need for trained and skilled technicians more than ever. The field takes on ever-changing technologies year after year,” said Larry Sherry, Service Manager for Allegheny Trucks. “In this day and age a mechanic who can repair and understand the basics of [...]

Allegheny Trucks, Inc. donates a diesel truck to the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center2022-06-13T14:08:02-04:00

GACTC recognizes 247 seniors in Senior Ceremony

The Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC) held its Senior Ceremony on May 19 at the Blair County Convention Center, honoring all 247 seniors finishing programs of study at the GACTC. Students, families, school board members, and GACTC faculty were in attendance, along with sending school superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and counselors. Photo gallery of the event The seniors honored were: Altoona Area High School: Madison Adelsberger Darion Amos-Burchfield Anastazia Barschefski Logan Bartlebaugh Piper Bastian Isabella Baughman Dylan Baughman Lucas Berkheimer Savannah Blazer Samantha Boose Mackenzie Brandt Ariana Brewer Jacob Bumberger Esther Butler Anthony Campagna Nathaniel Carnell Andan Clingerman James [...]

GACTC recognizes 247 seniors in Senior Ceremony2022-05-26T10:19:27-04:00

GACTC student and former student recognized with Governor’s Achievement Awards

(Hershey, PA): Cameron Piper (right) and Aaron Bucher were recognized with Governor's Achievement Awards at the PA Workforce Development Association Conference in Hershey on May 5. The Governor's Achievement Award is presented to jobseekers who have put forth extraordinary personal effort to use resources provided through the workforce development system to reach an employment and/or education goal. Through the use of supports at the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA CareerLink, Skills, and other state-funded organizations, Piper and Bucher have secured and maintained competitive employment. Cameron Piper, who is an Hollidaysburg High School senior completing the Service Occupations at the GACTC this [...]

GACTC student and former student recognized with Governor’s Achievement Awards2022-05-16T13:01:50-04:00

GACTC honors outstanding seniors in Senior Awards

The Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC) held its annual Senior Awards banquet yesterday (May 12), honoring the school's top senior students. Students who received scholarships, awards, and the “Senior of the Year” award in their respective programs were honored. Selected by each program's teacher, the Senior of the Year exhibits outstanding qualities of success in skills as well as attitude and work ethic. The event was held at the school at 6:00 pm. The honored students are: Altoona High School: Logan Bartlebaugh Jacob Bumberger Ian Cox Hannah Driscoll Tayten Eversole Dakota Fitzwater Ty Friedenberger Brandan Garcia Caitlin Harshberger Cheyenne [...]

GACTC honors outstanding seniors in Senior Awards2022-05-12T10:44:59-04:00

Penn State Altoona to offer dual enrollment engineering course with the GACTC for fall 2022

Beginning in fall 2022, Penn State Altoona will offer Cornerstone to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) as a dual enrollment course at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (CTC). Several local businesses have provided funding for student scholarships. EDSGN 100 provides students with a foundation for engineering design through hands-on team projects that address specified design opportunities. Through this course, students will recognize the role that engineering and design have in improving the health, safety, and welfare of the global community, as well as identifying when a solution is technically feasible, economically viable, and desirable. Students will use a range of [...]

Penn State Altoona to offer dual enrollment engineering course with the GACTC for fall 20222022-05-05T14:56:11-04:00

16 GACTC students compete in state SkillsUSA competition

Sixteen GACTC students competed in the 54th state SkillsUSA State Competition, which was held on Apr. 6-8 in Hershey with more than 1400 students, advisors, and administrators from career and technology schools across the state. To qualify to participate, GACTC students had to have earned Gold Medals at the District 7 SkillsUSA competition, which was held in January at the Blair County Convention Center. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 members every year enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service training programs across the country. Three GACTC students medaled in the state competition (pictured). They [...]

16 GACTC students compete in state SkillsUSA competition2022-04-14T09:55:15-04:00

GACTC inducts 51 students into the National Technical Honor Society

Yesterday the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC) inducted 51 students into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), an educational nonprofit that honors, recognizes, and empowers students and teachers in career and technical education. The students include: Anastazia Barschefski, Culinary, Altoona Mikylaah Bauman, Cosmetology, Claysburg Garrett Baumgartner, Carpentry, Altoona Cody Becker, Computer Programming, Central Jarrin Butler, Computer & Networking Technology, Central Devan Chrisawn, Graphic Design, Claysburg Hawke Claycomb, Culinary Arts, Claysburg Ian Cox, Electro Mechanical Engineering Technology, Altoona Arrhen Gathagan, Computer Programming, Bellwood Rebecca Gondek, Multimedia & Web Design, Altoona Rhaya Gority, Cosmetology, Tyrone Aiden Gregg, Computer & Networking Technology, [...]

GACTC inducts 51 students into the National Technical Honor Society2022-04-14T09:42:43-04:00

Stuckey Automotive donates two vehicles to the GACTC

Stuckey Automotive donated two preowned vehicles to the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC) to offer automotive students hands-on learning to examine, diagnose, and repair advanced computing platforms available in newer models on the road today. (Pictured, left to right: Michael Selvenis, GACTC; Matt Stuckey; Nanette Anslinger and Eric Palmer, GACTC). GACTC students in the Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology, and Automotive/Diesel Technology programs will be able to work on two preowned Ford models, a Ford Fiesta and Ford Escape, as examples of modern, computer-driven vehicles with heavy levels of electronics and infotainment systems. “Computerization has revolutionized how [...]

Stuckey Automotive donates two vehicles to the GACTC2022-02-03T13:20:44-05:00

January 2022 Newsletter

In January 2022, we celebrated School Director Recognition Month, one of our own was named the Judith A. Rossi Educator of the Year, we upgraded equipment, and our students excelled at the Carnegie Science Competition! Read about all this and more in our January 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.

January 2022 Newsletter2022-02-01T15:39:05-05:00

GACTC thanks our Joint Operating Committee members!

January is School Director Recognition Month! Some 4,500 school directors serve Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, and 16 percent of these directors also serve on career and technical school boards. The GACTC's school board is called the Joint Operating Committee (JOC), and is comprised of 20 representatives from our eight sending schools. Please join us in celebrating the members of the GACTC JOC, who volunteer their time and talent to serve our students, schools and communities. We are grateful for their service! They are: Altoona Area School District Christopher Cook David Francis David Greenwood Eric Haugh Kelly Irwin Adams Ronald Johnston [...]

GACTC thanks our Joint Operating Committee members!2022-02-01T15:10:31-05:00
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