Students & Parents

The mission of the Indiana County Technology Center, an innovative regional career development and technology center, in partnership with our member districts and the community, is to provide all learners a safe, caring environment with an emphasis on the development of skills which provides pathways to further education and employment in an ever-changing world.

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The Indiana County Technology Center will be using Skyward Family Access as an electronic form of communication with parents and guardians. Skyward Family Access is a web-based information and communication center that will allow you to track your child’s progress. You can login to Skyward Family Access from any internet capable device at the address listed below. If you are having trouble accessing Skyward Family Access or require a password change, please call 724-349-6700. Please click the link below to login to Skyward Family Access.

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STUDENT HANDBOOK

STUDENT FORMS

The Indiana County Technology Center strives for excellence in all aspects of the educational experience. Not only is the ICTC providing a way for students to learn new career skills but the ICTC is also helping students develop a strong academic background as well. The ICTC believes that a strong academic background is necessary to be successful in today’s job market. Applying and learning mathematics in the content area is essential for students in all career and technical schools in Pennsylvania.

As the education environment continues to change, there are many pressures on career and technical schools. It is because of these pressures that career and technical schools need to take a proactive approach.

The purpose of the academic assistance program is to integrate academic and technical skills. The ICTC believes that this program is very important because today’s technological fields require a high level of knowledge and skill in both technical and academic areas.

The academic team consists of:

Ms. Cathy Jones, math instructor

The two-tiered academic assistance program consists of a “push-in” element and a tutoring element.

Push-In Element

The math components make up the push-in element of the academic assistance program. Ms. Jones spends 45 minutes per week co-teaching with the program area instructor. Ms. Jones assists students on various mathematics standards pertinent to the PSSA and the mathematics needed in the individual programs.

Tutoring Element

The tutoring element is designed to assist students with assignments from their high schools. Students who want to strengthen their skills before graduation also benefit from tutoring.

What is Cooperative Education and who does it serve?

Cooperative vocational-technical education at the secondary level is a capstone program whereby select senior students combine academic classroom and occupational instruction (the school-based learning component) with on-the-job training (the work-base component) in a career area of his or her choice. It is a unique plan of education designed to integrate classroom and occupational study with connecting activities, such as “all aspects of the industry” with planned, supervised, credit-bearing, paid work experience.

Cooperative education is also a strategy that facilitates students’ School-to-Career transition. Cooperative education improves students’ workforce preparation by providing work orientation, job skills, and an understanding of employment opportunities and responsibilities.

The major components of equality Co-op programs are:

  • Quality Co-op placements, in which the student is allowed to perform work that provides opportunities to develop new competencies and contribute to the productivity of the organization.
  • Teacher-coordinators with appropriate occupational experience as well as professional preparation for operating a school-supervised work education program.
  • Close supervision at the worksite by a training supervisor as well as a mechanism by which the supervisor can share his/her own professional expertise with the Co-op students.
  • At the onset, an accurate and realistic description of the job for the student as well as accurate expectations by the employer of the skills the student brings to it.
  • Strong links between job training (work-base) and related instruction (school-base), which includes an individualized, written training plan that is correlated to the student’s in-school curriculum.
  • Frequent and specific informal and formal evaluations of the student’s work-based progress by the teacher/coordinator with feedback and follow-up to improve performance.
  • Involvement of parents or guardians.
  • Placement of graduates on systematic basis.
  • All Aspects of an Industry. The term all aspects of the industry means all aspects of the industry or industry sector a student is preparing to enter, including planning, management, finances, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor and community issues, health and safety issues, and environmental issues, related to such industry or industry sector.
  • Strong administrative support for the program.

Cooperative vocational-technical education is provided for in Section 5.218, Section 6.1, and Section 6.23 of the Pennsylvania Regulations of the State Board of Education, published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol.23, July 24, 1993.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment programs offer college-level learning experiences for high school students. The programs offer college courses and/or the opportunity to earn college credits for students while still in high school. The Indiana County Technology Center’s Dual Enrollment program is a partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College which enables ICTC students to take college courses and receive a college transcript. ICTC’s curriculum was aligned with courses offered at PA Highlands, therefore, students in Computer Systems Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Technology, Graphics and Electronic Media, Health Occupations Technology, and Welding Technology are able to enroll at a discounted rate and complete the work during their time at the ICTC. Since students receive a college transcript with a grade, they are able to transfer these credits to any institution which accepts PA Highlands credits.

An additional benefit for Dual Enrollment students is to take one type of college placement test. This is an excellent opportunity for students to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in mathematics and reading. Students then are able to use this information to improve their skills prior to taking the placement test for scheduling purposes. By taking this test and improving their skills prior to scheduling, students may be able to avoid taking developmental course work. This will save the student time and money. In addition, PA Highlands will provide a workshop on financial aid and college advising for the ICTC students. This program is a wonderful opportunity for students to get a head start on their post secondary education. For more information on the Dual Enrollment program, please contact our School Counselor, at 724-349-6700.

SOAR

SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) is the career and technical Program of Study (POS) educational plan that articulates the secondary career and technical programs to postsecondary degree or diploma or certificate programs. SOAR programs lead students into a career pathway that align the secondary courses to a postsecondary program to complete a degree or certificate. SOAR incorporates secondary education and postsecondary education elements and include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content. These career and technical programs of study includes a statewide articulation agreement partnership between secondary schools and postsecondary institutions. Read more about the SOAR Articulation information.

ICTC Articulation Agreements

ICTC Articulation Agreements are formal, written documents agreed upon by two or more institutions. ICTC students are able to acquire college credit for some of their classes at the Tech Center through these articulation agreements. ICTC currently has agreements with several post-secondary institutions. Students attending these institutions after graduation are not required to attend classes that they have completed at ICTC. This helps students in saving both time and money.

The ICTC website contains valuable information for:

  • Students with Special Needs (IEP)
  • Students covered by a 504 Plan
  • Non-traditional students:
    • A student enrolled in Program of Study in which the opposite gender comprises more than 75% of the current student enrollment. These students often face unique challenges – discrimination, sexual harassment, isolation, role gender conflicts, fear of failure, or lack of self-esteem.
    • A student with English as a Second Language
    • An adult student

Use the links on this page to access:

Student Challenge Program

The Challenge Program is a student incentive program designed to build a bridge between students in high school and the business community by providing cash awards for achieving specific goals in high school. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are rewarded with cash prizes in the following categories: most community service, best overall Grade Point Average (GPA), best attendance, and most improved GPA.

More information about the Challenge Program can be found here.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The goal of the ICTC Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities. Students who maintain a 94% overall grade point average or above at the ICTC and their sending school, show leadership skills, are involved in community service activities, exhibit positive attitude and good citizenship and are recommended by their instructor are invited to be part of the ICTC NTHS.

PA Builders Association (PBA) Student Chapter

With the cooperation and support of the Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association, the students enrolled in the carpentry, electrical occupations, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and masonry programs are eligible to become members. The goal of the membership is to maintain high technical and academic standards while exchanging information and experiences with members of the local, state and national builders organization.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps students who are preparing for careers in trade, industrial, technical and skills service occupations to excel. The various SkillsUSA activities help students develop leadership qualities through education, vocational, civic, recreational and social activities. Excellence in scholarship and craftsmanship are developed through the local, state and national SkillsUSA leadership conferences and competitions.

Comprehensive Plan

The Indiana County Technology Center’s Comprehensive Plan was developed through the active participation of parents, students, school directors, teachers, administrators, other school personnel, and business and community leaders. The use of current Joint Operating Committee members, Perkins Advisory Board members, and Occupational Advisory Board members were utilized to form the ICTC’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. View the Indiana County Technology Center’s Comprehensive Plan by clicking the link below.

Indiana County Technology Center Comprehensive Plan

441 Hamill Road
Indiana, PA 15701

Phone: (724) 349-6700
Email: info@ictc.edu