Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community Members,
Continuity of Education is the overall term for any educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. We at the ICTC believe it is important for our students to have the opportunity to maintain and develop skills during this time. This is particularly challenging for our instructors because the key feature of our programs is the opportunity to engage in authentic, hands-on learning in our career fields. While a large part of our program instruction is hands-on, we have always stressed the importance of the classroom work and theory to support and give a basis to our technical tasks. We have also always focused on developing leadership and employability skills. Our instructors have been working collaboratively over the past week to develop a Continuity of Education plan to continue to engage our students in new learning.
All learning provided by our teachers will align to industry standards and the program’s approved task list. We are committed to helping our students reach their career goals. We are fortunate that many of our industry certifications can be obtained online and offered during this time. We are also fortunate the State Board of Cosmetology is now allowing our students to earn up to 250 hours via online instruction. Our Continuity of Education Plan will remain in effect for the duration of the school closure.
Our school may be closed, but we are going to continue to provide instruction to our students. We understand that these are unprecedented times for all of us. We ask that our students take advantage of this opportunity and to communicate with their instructors so that we may assist in removing any barriers to learning.
ICTC staff has made an attempt to call all students/families in order to determine capabilities of students to access ICTC email accounts as well as online learning. For those students who reported access issues or who did not respond to the call, we are mailing home learning materials provided by their instructors.
The Continuity of Education Plan will help to clarify expectations and provide additional information.
We wish everyone good health. We will continue to send updates to families through our website, Facebook, and phone messaging systems.
Michael J. McDermott
441 Hamill Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: (724) 349-6700