• Students at Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center earn 27 medals in district competition

    January 31, 2020

    GACTC students recently competed and earned a total of 27 medals in the District 7 SkillsUSA competition, which was held at the Jaffa Shrine Center of Altoona on January 21. 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. District 7 is one of 11 districts in the state of Pennsylvania. GACTC competitors were selected by their instructors based on experience, or in some cases, a local competition they must win to move on to the district level.

    “All 13 of our first place winners will advance to the state competition in Hershey this April,” said Dodie Amigh, SkillsUSA advisor at the GACTC. “We'll also have additional representatives competing at states who advance directly, as well as delegates. In fact, this will be the largest group we've ever sent to compete at states, and we'll have 41 students at the conference representing the GACTC.”

    Skills USA Participants

    Student winners from GACTC are as follows:

     

    Category

     

    Student

     

    Home School

     

     

    Grade

     

     

     

    Place

     

     

    Automotive Refinishing

     

    Noah Walker

     

    GACTC Adult Student

     

     

     

    1st

     

    Auto Service Technology

     

    Christian Scott

     

    GACTC Adult Student

     

     

     

    1st

     

    Carpentry

     

    Jacob Schmidhamer

     

    Altoona High School

     

    12

     

    1st

     

    Masonry

     

    Noah Romano

     

    GACTC Adult Student

     

     

     

    1st

     

    Mechatronics

     

    Kayden Tremmel

     

    Altoona High School

     

    12

     

    1st

     

    Mechatronics

     

    Ashton McClellan

     

    Glendale High School

     

    11

     

    1st

     

    Photography

     

    Abigail Young

     

    Home School

     

    11

     

    1st

     

    Quiz Bowl: Computer Programming                                                                     

     

    Carter McCoy

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    11

     

    1st

     

    Quiz Bowl: Computer Programming                                                      

     

    Olivia Beck

     

    Tyrone High School

     

    10

     

    1st

     

    Quiz Bowl: Computer Programming                                                                               

     

    Karissa Baker

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    11

     

    1st

     

    Quiz Bowl:                                          Electro Mechanical Engineering

     

    Terri Henry

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    11

     

    1st

     

    Quiz Bowl: Interior Decorating and Finishing                                              

     

    Marissa Hoover

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    11

     

    1st

     

    Restaurant Service

     

    Cheyenne Shoeman

     

    Altoona High School

     

    10

     

    1st

     

    Commercial Baking

     

    Gabriella Noel

     

    Central High School

     

    11

     

    2nd

     

    Computer Programming

     

    David Rudy

     

    Altoona High School

     

    12

     

    2nd

     

     

    Dental Assisting

     

     

    Alyssa Henderson

     

     

    Altoona High School

     

     

    11

     

     

    2nd

     

    Extemporaneous Speaking:                        Logistics & Materials Management

     

    Colin Thompson

     

    Claysburg High School

     

    12

     

    2nd

     

    Job Interview:                                          Interior Decorating and Finishing

     

    Kat Champeno

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    12

     

    2nd

     

     

    Advertising Design

     

    Callie Dunmire

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    11

     

    3rd

     

    Esthetics

     

    Maura Kriebel

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    12

     

    3rd

     

    Esthetics Model

     

    Abby Sponsler

     

    Hollidaysburg High School

     

    12

     

    3rd

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration

     

    Nathan Erikson

     

    Altoona High School

     

    12

     

    3rd

     


    Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center's automotive technology program earns re-accreditation

    January 29, 2020

    The automotive technology program at the GACTC has been re-accredited through the ASE Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits auto tech programs according to industry standards.

    “We commend you and your staff for maintaining your program’s standards and continuing to meet the industry’s requirements,” wrote ASE President Michael Coley in a letter announcing the re-accreditation.

    The ASE accreditation process evaluates the program's structure, processes, resources, materials, and mission. Re-accreditation must occur at a five-year interval.

    “The demand for qualified automotive technicians is exponentially increasing. We strive to provide regional automotive service centers with skilled and industry-ready graduates to fill their workforce needs,” said Eric Palmer, Executive Director of the GACTC.

    For more information about GACTC and its automotive technology program, please call 941-TECH. 



    Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center students participate in National SkillsUSA Competition 

    July 12, 2019

    The GACTC announces the results of its student competitors at the national SkillsUSA Competition in June. The SkillsUSA Championships are a variety of competitive events showcasing the top career and technical education high school and adult students in the nation. The students first compete at the local and state level to earn a spot at the national event.  

    Four high school students in the Interior Decorating and Finishing program at GACTC were named gold medal winners in the Career Pathway Showcase for a Human Services Team at the national competition, which was held in Louisville, KY. The competition is attended by more than 18,000 students, teachers and business partners from across the United States in various career paths and programs.

     The winning team included:

    • Eliza Albright, a 2019 graduate from Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School
    • Devyn Amigh, a 9th grade student from Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School
    • Marissa Hoover, a 10th grade student from Altoona Area High School
    • Elle Detwiler, a 10th grade student from Williamsburg Community Jr./Sr. High School

     GACTC students win gold medal at 2019 National SkillsUSA championship.

    The students’ presentation at the national competition discussed the GACTC SkillsUSA Student Club’s partnership with the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) and Keep Blair County Beautiful to distribute 17,000 9-volt Duracell batteries to members of our community to ensure home smoke detectors work properly. The campaign is called the 3R's: “Replace, Recycle, Relax”. GACTC students involved in the program are still distributing batteries at local events. The Altoona Area Public Library is also distributing the free batteries to community members on behalf of the students.

    Additionally, Daryla Clark, a graduate of the Administrative Office Specialist post-secondary program at the GACTC, also competed at the National SkillsUSA competition in Customer Service. Ms. Clark placed 9th in the nation in Customer Service. By competing at the national level, Ms. Clark earned the Customer Service Specialist Certification from the Electronics Technicians Association.

    The faculty advisors for the GACTC SkillsUSA Chapter include Dodie Amigh and Brian Kelley.