COAL TOWNSHIP — Graduates of the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center (NCCTC) already receive a jump start on their technical careers over their peers who solely attended high school.
Thanks to a new agreement with the Schuylkill Technology Center, many of these students will also have a helping hand in paying to continue climbing the career ladder.
NCCTC Administrative Director Jim Catino announced at the vo-tech’s reorganization meeting Wednesday that the school has brokered a deal with the Schuylkill Technology Center, a vo-tech school in Frackville.
Under the agreement, NCCTC graduates will receive a $1,500 discount on tuition to attend the Schuylkill Technology Center’s licensed practical nurse, commercial drivers license or heavy equipment training classes for adults.
The classes build off of the curriculum high school students receive at NCCTC. Students who complete NCCTC’s heath occupation course can complete the one-year program at Schuylkill Technology Center and emerge with a practical nurse license.
The board unanimously approved the agreement.
In other news:
• Donna James, a Mount Carmel Area School District board member, was elected as NCCTC board president by her fellow board members. Brian Persing, of the Shamokin Area School District was named vice-president. Other board members are James Britt, of Mount Carmel Area, Dennis Erdman and Linda Gutkowski, of Line Mountain School District, and Ron McElwee and Charles Shuey, of Shamokin Area School District.
• The board approved hosting its monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month in January, except in December when it will be held on the first Wednesday.