STC Hosts Elks Students of the Year Awards Banquet
Mar Lin, PA (Wednesday, May 12, 2021)- The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Number 1533 partnered with Schuylkill Technology Center to honor thirty-two exceptional students during the Annual Students of the Year Awards Banquet held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the STC North Campus in Frackville. From the pool of thirty-two students, four were honored with recognition as Students of the Year.
Joseph Favaro a senior at Shenandoah Valley School District currently enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program and Grace Guenther a senior from North Schuylkill School District enrolled in the Cosmetology Program were selected as Elks Students of the Year from the STC South Campus. Joseph is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, SkillsUSA, STC Student Ambassadors, an STC Mentor, the Youth Summit and Junior Advisory Boards, and he is the Class President and a member of Mini-Thon at Shenandoah Valley. Joe has been accepted to Villanova University, where he intends to major in Computer Science. Grace Guenther is the SkillsUSA President, an STC Student Ambassador, a member of the Youth Summit and the National Technical Honor Society. She is a band member and the Swim Team Captain at North Schuylkill. She was also the STC representative for the Greater Winter Carnival in 2020. She volunteers her time repairing homes with the Appalachia Service Project and works as a receptionist at a salon. Grace plans to take her state board test to earn her Cosmetology License and obtain employment in a salon as well as continue her education to become a certified permanent make-up artist.
James Chicora a senior enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program from the Minersville School District and Kendra Holley, a senior enrolled in the Health Careers Program were chosen as Students of the Year from the STC North Campus. James is a member of the Minersville Soccer and Football teams, and the Williams Valley Trap Team. At STC, Janes is a Student Ambassador and a Youth Summit Representative as well as a member of SkillsUSA, where he competed in the District competition in 2020 and took first place in the Automotive Maintenance category. Jimmy has been a 7 year member of the Llewellyn Boy Scout Troop 600 and has earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. During his time as a Boy Scout, he participated in numerous food drives, community clean-ups, flag retirement ceremonies, and Wreaths Across America. James completed a co-operative education experience with Sands Ford of Pottsville and plans to continue working there after graduation. Kendra Holley works at Mc Donald’s and volunteers at a local food pantry and at Pennbrook Retirement home helping the residents with their daily activities. Upon graduation, Kendra plans to attend STC’s Practical Nursing program and then work in the trauma unit of a nearby hospital.
Pictured (left to right).
Ron Bane (Esteemed Leading Knight Frackville Elks Lodge No. 1533), Stacey Minahan (Assistant Vocational Director-South Campus), Kendra Holley (Pottsville), James Chicora (Minersville), Grace Guenther (North Schuylkill), Joseph Favaro (Shenandoah Valley), Chris Groody (Assistant Vocational Director- North Campus), William Mack (STC Social Studies Instructor/ State Vice President of the Elks)
Also In Attendance from the STC North Campus: Spencer Buckingham, Siobhan Gudinas, Kayla Walker, Sandra Rico, John Babinsky, David Monjaraz, Jesse Boltz, Jr, Noah Karnish, Joshua Jacoby, Amber Boyer, Rian DeJesus Ramos
Also in attendance from the STC South Campus: Andrew Trate, Mckenzie Schaner, Haley Fell, Jalisa Johnson, Lauren Easparro, Erica Berger, Nathaniel Zellner, Owen Webber, Nicholas Stoyer, AJ Serrano, Trevor Greblick, Dustin Wallace, Travis Zellner
Miller Bros Presents Check to STC Food Truck Project
Mar Lin & Frackville (April 30, 2021) – Representatives from Mill Bros. present a $15,000 check to the Schuylkill Technology Food Truck Project. The funds will be utilized to construct a pole building in which to house the truck. STC has been working on a project to convert a former TastyKake Delivery Truck into a fully functioning food truck, which will be utilized by Culinary Arts Students at events throughout the county. This is the second donation from Miller Bros., who donated $5000 as a Platinum Sponsor.
Progress on this project began in the spring of 2019, when Collision Repair students sanded down the body of the truck and Welding students extended the frame to accommodate the propane tanks. Auto Repair Technology Students then put in new brake lines and worked on the engine. Collision students are now installing the propane generator onto the undercarriage of the vehicle. Welding students created a new bumper and installed the framing on which the restaurant equipment was installed. The Plumbing and Collision students installed the clean and grey water tanks as well as the restaurant equipment. The Residential and Industrial Electricity Students installed all power lines and Carpentry and Precision Machining assisted with all installations. All plumbing supplies for this project have been donated by Antz Energy Systems of Shenandoah, who assisted with the propane gas installation. Fromm Electric, of Schuylkill Haven, donated all of the electrical supplies. The project is projected to achieve completion in the fall of 2021, when it will be painted and have sponsor logos installed and would not have been possible without our generous sponsors and supporters.
STC has raised over $96,000 in donations to fund this project, which is being conducted in conjunction with the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation.
Pictured: Front Row: Beau Bruso, Miller Bros; Bryan Herb, Chief Estimator for Miller Bros and Stacey Minahan, STC Assistant Director. Back Row: Doug DelConte, Welding Instructor is pictured with Welding students Conlan Maley and Blake Bowers and Collision students Wayde Spalti, Steven Wallace, and Gabriel Sladek who worked on the program as well as Collision Instructor, Jesse Krasnitsky.
STC Students Signs Letter of Intent for Thaddeus Stevens College
Monday, April 12, 2021 Schuylkill Technology Center's Assistant Vocational Director, Stacey Minahan (2nd Row- Left) and Precision Machining Instructor, Fred Cicero (Second Row Right)joined STC Precision Machining student Adam Stock of Pottsville School District and his parents Nicole and Edward Stock in Adam's signing his Letter of Intent to enroll in Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and to play football for Thaddeus Stevens. Adam is a second level senior in STC Precision Machining program and is a member of National Technical Honor Society.
STC Practical Nursing Student of the Month
Frackville, PA- March 18, 2021 Schuylkill Technology Center is pleased to announce the following students were selected as a Students of Month by the STC North Practical Nursing Program:
Amanda Graeff of Donaldson from the Part Time Class
Payden Kehoe of Berwick from the Full Time Class
Frackville and Mar Lin (March 5, 2021)- “Schuylkill Technology Center proudly announces the award of $47,486 in matching grant funds to be utilized for the purchase of equipment for the Automotive Technology, Health Careers, Logistics Technology and Welding Programs,” said Director, Shannon Brennan. According to Brennan, “the Pennsylvania Department of Education offers annual equipment grants to career and technical educational providers as a means of supporting the mission of preparing CTE students to be both college and career ready.”
Welding Instructor, Mr. Doug Del Conte, demonstrates how the new plasma cutter works to welding students, Blake Bowers and 11th grade student from and Conlan Maley and 11th grade student from St. Clair, 11th Grade. Also pictured is Ms. Michelle Chicora, Health Careers Instructor, demonstrating the ECG Simulator to Erin Shappell of Pottsville. "The ECG Simulator allows students the opportunity to apply what they have learned about an electrocardiogram to the actual practice of attaching the electrodes and leads and obtaining a reading. The simulator provides hands-on experience and various scenarios that the students did not have prior to obtaining this technology," said Chicora.
STC’s newest program, Logistics Technology also benefited from a competitive equipment grant. According to Logistics Instructor, Ms. Nicole Lubinsky, the Pengate Package Handling System will give students “an engaging learning environment where they can experience real-world challenges and receive real-time feedback in the most realistic virtual warehouse available. This virtual reality forklift simulator will help to enhance confidence, build expertise, and engage learning while practicing safety procedures virtually.” Lastly, an Air Compressor will be purchased with grant funds for the Automotive Technology Program.
Schuylkill Technology Center has also applied for a Supplemental Equipment Grant through the PA Department of Education and if awarded the requisite funds, plans to purchase a CNC Lathe for the Precision Machining Program and a Bake Oven for the Culinary Program. “We are very appreciative of the Department’s commitment to career and technical education,” said Brennan.
STC Cooperative Education Offers Creative Solution to the Skills Gap
Frackville and Mar Lin (February 24, 2021) Many organizations are currently challenged with finding qualified employees to meet their needs and that is particularly true for technical or skilled trade positions. Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) receives multiple calls each week from companies looking to recruit from a student body for available openings. The STC Cooperative Education Program has been particularly beneficial in helping to fill some of those skills gap. High School students, typically seniors, earn STC credits while working in paid positions within industry, applying the skills they gained in their STC program of study to real world scenarios.
Participating students must provide their own transportation to the employment site, must obtain work papers if they are under age 18 and the employer must consent to obtaining clearances and background checks. In a typical year, roughly 18% of STC seniors participate in a Capstone Cooperative Education Experience, but this year, the participation rate is projected to exceed 25%. According to CTE Director, Shannon Brennan. Enrollment at STC has been on the rise; up 10% last school year an additional 7% this year, but we aren’t producing enough graduates, quickly enough, to fill the void created by retiring “baby-boomers” or the reduced applicant pool created by generation of the “college for all mentality” that steered students away from skilled trades in favor of four year college degrees. “The tide is changing and CTE is witnessing a resurgence, but at a slower pace than industry needs,” said Brennan. As a result, industry has gotten creative with some companies implementing internal training programs while others are expanding opportunities for student based learning programs, like STC’s Cooperative Education Program.
STC is fortunate to have a number of Industry Partners; such as Mettam Brothers, Walco, Bob Weaver Chevrolet, and Momma Millies Bakery that routinely accept STC students each semester, but this year we are seeing new organizations like Reck Teck in Tremont and Schuylkill Energy of Shenandoah sign on. “The program is a win for both the student and the employer, because students have the opportunity to apply what they are learning and further develop their skills, while employers also have the chance to evaluate the student’s skills level and actively recruit them for permanent positions if the partnership is a good fit,” said Brennan. As an example, Xavier Stultz of Girardville, who was accepted into a cooperative education placement with the Collision Repair Division of Bob Weaver in the Spring of 2019 and he still employed as a valuable member of their team, said Sue Weaver of Bob Weaver Chevrolet. Noah Brittenburg is another 2019 cooperative education student who was offered a permanent position by Walco, a metal fabricating company in Palo Alto.
(Pictured Noah Brittenburg, welding at Walco, Palo Alto, PA).
Cooperative Education Coordinator, T.J. Fitzpatrick, has no trouble finding placements for students in the skilled trade fields, but when it comes to programs like criminal justice, marketing and business administration or health careers it can be more challenging. In fields where employees require advanced degrees or there is access to sensitive or confidential information, it can be more challenging to convince an employer to accept a high school student, but it can pay off in the long term. “If students have a good experience, they may choose to return to work for the organization in the summer or after college,” said Fitzpatrick. Any companies interested in more information about the Schuylkill Technology Cooperative Education Program may contact email@example.com or call (570-544-4748 ext. 3900.
STC Practical Nursing Student of the Month
Frackville, PA- February 5, 2021 Schuylkill Technology Center is pleased to announce the following students were selected as a Students of Month by the STC North Practical Nursing Program:
Ashley Snyder of Shamokin
Brittany Brittenburg of Middleport
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STC North Hosts Food Fair Friday
Frackville, PA- October 9, 2020– Fried Oreos, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Apple Pie Egg Rolls were some of the items sold at the Schuylkill Technology North Campus on Friday, October 9, 2020 for Food Fair Friday. “I suspected everyone was missing their favorite fair foods with the Bloomsburg Fair being canceled this year, so the Culinary Class devised the Food Fair Friday Event,” said Culinary Instructor, Chef Scott Reichert. The students developed the menu comprising of some of their favorite fair foods and posted the flyer to Facebook, opening up take-out services to the general public. Patrons were required to wear masks while picking up their take-out orders from the newly created outdoor patio at STC North. Chef Reichert’s suspicions were correct, the Restaurant at STC North had one of their busiest days ever.
Both STC North and South operate fully functioning restaurants staffed by Culinary Students, but services have been limited this year due to the pandemic. “The students has been doing a great job despite dealing with the current COVID-19 circumstances and they are extremely grateful for all the public support of this event,” said Assistant Director, Chris Groody. Groody was instrumental in development of the outdoor patio dining area to ensure that Culinary Students have the opportunity for hands-on learning despite the pandemic.
If your mouth is watering while reading this article, you will be pleased to learn that take-out services are available at STC North by calling (570) 874-1034 ext 4891. The Culinary Menu, which currently lists Italian Stromboli and Pumpkin Cheesecake, is revised bi-weekly and posted to the STC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/STCProud. There is also very limited seating available on the Outdoor Patio at STC North. The Culinary Program at STC South is also in full swing, operating the Restaurant for internal staff and faculty, but also offering catering for local companies. Today, they are making 200 sandwiches for a company in the High Ridge Industrial Park. The catering menu is also available on the STC Facebook page or by calling (570) 544-4748 ext. 3133.
Schuylkill Technology Center North & South Host Open House
Mar Lin & Frackville – The Schuylkill Technology Center will host an Open House on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 6-8pm at both the North and South Campuses. The theme for this event is an “STC Skills Run.” Prospective students will earn a playing card upon completion of a hands-on skill within each program of study. Participants who build a full hand, will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing to win wireless earbuds. The types of tasks in which students will engage, include: leveling brick pavers, using the robotic arm to stack blocks, flaring a brake line, reading a blood pressure, removing a spark plug, operating the diesel engine trainer, pilot hole drilling, painting acrylic tiles, practicing CPR compressions, pipe joining, fitting welding equipment, vehicle masking, fingerprinting, paraffin waxing and logo branding. “This is a great opportunity for students to get a glimpse at the types of tasks they might do if they enrolled in STC as well as learn more about the programs of study and meet our faculty,” said Shannon Brennan, STC Director.
During the Open House, parents will have a chance to learn more about career pathways from some industry partners; including: Penn State University, Bloomsburg University, Johnson College, PA CareerLink, the Bricklayers Union, and the Associated Builders and Contractors Careers in Construction Alliance. “The industry partnerships are an invaluable resource in helping parents see where an educational experience from STC can lead,” said T.J. Fitzpatrick, Cooperative Education Coordinator.
The Grille at the South Campus and The Restaurant at the North Campus, which are restaurants operated by the STC Culinary Programs, will be open for business during the Open House. For more information, please contact Shannon Brennan at (570) 544-4748 ext. 3115.
STC Youth Summit Students Coordinate Little Free Libraries
The Schuylkill Technology Center’s Youth Summit Committee is collaborating with Boyer’s Food Market, Inc. on a project to expand access to reading materials throughout Schuylkill County. Youth Summit, a student organization through Schuylkill County’s VISION, aims to “mobilize community resources to help create a better future for Schuylkill County.” In keeping with this year’s theme, which is “Live, Work, Play in Schuylkill County,” the STC Committee enlisted Carpentry Students to be build “Little Free Library” boxes. The freestanding boxes, which will be placed at Boyer’s Food Market locations throughout Schuylkill County, will be stocked with free books for children and adults to freely borrow. It is based on the honor system with people borrowing, replacing, and donating books in a cycle of reading for pleasure and learning.
“We think this would be a good opportunity our two organizations to collaborate in an effort of community outreach that supports our schools, promotes literacy, and sponsors a fun, safe, and enriching hobby in our communities,” said Ryan Wagner, STC Youth Summit Advisor.
Students will be installing two Little Free Library boxes on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Shenandoah and Tamaqua Boyer’s Food Market, Inc. As part of this project, STC Students also conducted a book drive to fill these boxes and a total of 679 books were collected.
STC Students Win at District 6 SkillsUSA Competition
Frackville, PA- February 18, 202– Members of the SkillsUSA student organization of the Schuylkill Technology Center, North and South campuses, attended the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania District 6 Conference held at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport on January 31, 2020. The students competed against their peers from District 6, which consists of students from 12 school districts from throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Students from both STC-North and STC-South campuses brought home 11 First Place, 9 Second Place and 8 Third Place medals. The eleven first place winners will advance to the PA SkillsUSA State Conference scheduled to take place April 13-15, 2020 in Hershey PA.
Pictured -1st Place
Front row (left to right): Emily Papa, Shenandoah; Amanda Guers, Schuylkill Haven; Cassidy Leiberton, Minersville; Crystal Morales, Shenandoah; Sadie Morrison, Tamaqua; Hattie Ebling, Pottsville. Back row left to right: Jimmy Chicora, Minersville; Brielle Saukynas, Tamaqua; Angela Micklesavage, North Schuylkill; David Bowes, Tamaqua; Amberlynn Polega, Shenandoah.
Pictured- 2nd Place
Left to right: Gary Dieter, Blue Mountain; Shane Melochick, Pottsville; Noah Tovar, Shenandoah; Trevor Greblick, Blue Mountain; Halle Michel, Pottsville; Madelyn Niedzwiecki, North Schuylkill; Ethan Tolar, Schuylkill Haven; Tallin Chupick, Minersville. Missing from Photos: Shelby Brasher, Williams Valley
Pictured- 3rd Place
Left to right: Taylor Marks, Minersville; Joei Shaller, Mahanoy Area; Gabrielle Beishline, Tamaqua; Kayla Walker, Schuylkill Haven; Caitlin Honus, Mahanoy Area; Jonathan Harhigh, North Schuylkill; Todd Shappell, Blue Mountain; Caitlin Stone, St. Clair.
Avangrid Renewables Donates $5,000 to Schuylkill Technology Centers
Mar Lin, PA- 2/3/2020 – Lee J. Van Horn, Locust Ridge Wind Plant Manager with Avangrid Renewables, presents a check for $5,000 to Schuylkill Technology Center (STC). The funds are designated for use in the STC SKILLS USA, DECA, and HOSA Chapters, which are membership organizations in which students participate to expand programmatic skills.
SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. DECA is a national membership organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. HOSA is a national organization of Future Health Professionals that works to develop leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
Photo: William Mack, STC Skills Advisory: Lee Van Horn, Avangrid- Locust Ridge Wind Plant Manager; and Chris Groody, STC Assistant Director of the North Campus.
STC Student Competes in Precision Machine Competition
Mar Lin, PA –November 21, 2019 – The Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) South Campus is proud to announce that Trevor Greblick, a senior from the Blue Mountain School District, competed at the Regional Precision Machine Competition hosted by Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
Students from four regional career and technical schools; including: Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Schuylkill, Easton and CCTI, participated in the friendly competition designed to help students prepare for the State Skills USA Competition. Jesse Schneck, a machinist with Crayola in Easton served as the judge for the contest. In keeping with the friendly nature of the competition, all participants receive prizes that include gift cards and machining tools.
John Bongiovanni, a student from Monroe County Career and Technical Institute placed first in the competition.
Photo: Trevor Greblick, Blue Mountain, Precision Machining
STC Names LPN Student of the Month
Mar Lin, PA- Adam Miller of Pottsville was named September Student of the Month. Adam is currently enrolled as a full time student in the Schuylkill Technology Practical Nursing Program.
“Adam was selected for this recognition due to his academic progress, attendance and positive outlook,” said Practical Nursing Coordinator, Kim O’Neill.
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 Accepts Applications for Recipients of the “My Bike Project.”
Mar Lin, PA (September 29, 2019) Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 (IU29) partnered with Variety, the Children’s Charity, a non-profit organization originally based in Pittsburgh dedicated to helping children with disabilities live life to the fullest through a focus on mobility, communication and social inclusion. IU29 raised funds to purchase five Rifton adaptive bicycles that will be given to five children with disabilities as part of the Variety My Bike Project.
Applications are currently being accepted from Schuylkill County families wishing to be considered for one of the bicycles. Families of children from ages 3-21 who could benefit please apply. Applications may be obtained by contacting Deb Arnold, Special Education Director for Schuylkill Intermediate Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-544-9131 ext 1211.
“The Business and Industry Partners within Schuylkill County have been extremely generous and supportive of this project,” said Dr. Gregory Koons, IU29 Executive Director. Approximately $7,914.00 has been raised towards a goal of $9,000.00. “The purpose of this valuable project is to provide individuals with disabilities better access to the community.”
For more information about Variety, please www.varietypittsburgh.org
Schuylkill County United Labor Council Donates to “My Bike” Program
Mar Lin, PA (September 5, 2019) Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 (IU29) hosted a presentation by Charles LaVallee, Chief Executive Officer of Variety, the Children’s Charity attended by Representatives of the Schuylkill County United Labor Council. Variety is a non-profit organization originally based in Pittsburgh which is dedicated to helping children with disabilities live life to the fullest through a focus on mobility, communication and social inclusion.
Due to physical limitations, challenges with balance or steering, or simply not feeling safe enough to ride, many children with disabilities are not able to ride a two wheeled bicycle. An adaptive bike helps to make riding a bike possible for kids with disabilities. The only obstacle here is that these individually customized adaptive bikes are very expensive, and for many families, it is not something that is completely out of reach for them. Dr. Gregory Koons, of Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 is working with the local business community to raise $9,000 toward the purchase of 5 adaptive bicycles donated to children. Donations have been received from the Schuylkill County United Labor Council in the Amount of $2650, the United Steel Workers Union in the amount of $2300, the Herman Yudacufsky Charitable Fund in the amount of $1800 as well as unspecified donations from R & R Auto and Bob Weaver Chevrolet.
Anyone interested in donating to the “My Bike” project may contact Debra Arnold at (570) 544-9131 ext 1211.
For more information about Variety, please www.varietypittsburgh.org
Pictured from left to right: Front Row: Charlie De Valley, Executive Director of Variety. Second Row: Liz Bettinger, Staff Representative for USW; Tony Boyle CWA Local 13,000; Brian Symons, SCIU Healthcare of PA; Dwayne Heisler, SCIU Healthcare of PA; Anne Kurtek, USW 719; Debra Arnold, Special Education Director IU29.
STC Hires New Instructors
Mar Lin, PA- Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) is pleased to announce a new Plumbing Instructor, Robert Greiner of Port Carbon will be joining the South Campus for the 2019/2020 School Year. Robert is a Journeyman Plumber who brings twelve years of experience to this position. He began his career with GMI First Inc of Reading as Journeyman Plumber in 2005 and went to work as a plumber for Joe Moore Plumbing and Heating of Pottsville and most recently worked as a plumber for Miller Mechanical Enterprises Inc. of Schuylkill Haven.
STC is also pleased to welcome a new Marketing and Business Management Instructor, Brandon Horan of Schuylkill Haven. Brandon is a graduate of Alvernia University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration possesses twelve years of sales, marketing, financial and teaching experience from Triangle Tech. Brandon will serve as the Advisor for the STC DECA Club, which is skills oriented organization for students in the Marketing and Business Management Program.
“We are excited to have such talented instructors with industry experience join Schuylkill Technology Center,” said Director, Shannon Brennan.
STC Nursing Program Issues Student of the Month Awards
Frackville, PA- September 5, 2019 – The Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) is pleased to announce that This is Aaron Bakerofskie (Girardville) as the August 2019 Student of the Month for the Part-Time Licensed Practical Nursing Program.
Jackelyn Bass (Tremont) was presented with the August 2019 Student of the Month Award from the full time Licensed Practical Nursing Class.
Schuylkill League Donates to STC Food Truck Campaign Mar Lin, PA-
Steve Toth, Schuylkill League Representative, donated $500 check to the STC Food Truck Project. STC has a capital campaign currently underway to raise $100,000 for supplies and equipment needed for students to convert a former bakery truck into a fully functioning food truck.
Pictured (left to right, front row) Dr. Gregory Koons, Executive Director of Schuylkill Technology Center; Steve Toth, Schuylkill; Jim Gurcsik, STC Culinary Instructor; Jesse Krasnitsky, STC Auto Collision Instructor. (left to right, back row) Dustin Ulrich; STC Auto Collision Student from Tamaqua School District; Oliver Kressley, STC Auto Collision Student from the Tamaqua School District and Daniel Ayres, STC Auto Collision Student from the Minersville School District.
Elks Hall 1533 Hosts STC Students of the Year Awards Banquet
Mar Lin, PA (Wednesday, May 1, 2019)- The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Number 1533 hosted the Schuylkill Technology Center Annual Student of the Year Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at their Frackville Hall. Thirty-two students who were honored by the Elks throughout the 18/19 School Year were invited to attend the banquet. From the pool of thirty-two students, four were honored with recognition as Students of the Year.
Brady Day, a North Schuylkill Student enrolled in Criminal Justice; Schuyler Ossman, a North Schuylkill Student enrolled in Emerging Health Careers; Matthew Rickert, a Tri-Valley Student enrolled in Masonry and Aaron Tallman, a Williams Valley Student enrolled in the Precision Machining Program were honored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks as Students of the Year. “These individuals were selected among the very best of STC for this honor, due to their leadership abilities, respect for self and others, and strong desire to progress within their chosen career,” said Assistant Director, Stacey Minahan.
Also in attendance for the event were: Albert Gricoski, Elks Exalted Ruler; William Mack, Elks Secretary; Marianne Yanchulis, Elks Chaplain; Jennifer Reed, Tri-Valley and STC School Board; Scott Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven and STC School Board; Michael Mistishen, Mahanoy Area and STC School Board; MaryAnne Woodward, North Schuylkill School Board; and Christine Joy, Williams Valley School District as well as parents, family and STC Staff.
Pictured Left to Right (Front Row) William Mack, STC Instructor and Elks Secretary; Brady Day, a North Schuylkill Student enrolled in Criminal Justice; Matthew Rickert, a Tri-Valley Student enrolled in Masonry; Schuyler Ossman, a North Schuylkill Student enrolled in Emerging Health Careers, Aaron Tallman, a Williams Valley Student enrolled in the Precision Machining Program and Albert Gricoski, Elks Exalted Ruler. (Back Row) Christopher Groody, STC Assistant Director North Campus and Stacey Minahan, STC South Campus Assistant Principal.
STC Inducts National Technical Honor Society Students
Mar Lin, PA (Tuesday, April 15, 2019)- Schuylkill Technology Center inducted students into the National Technical Honor Society in ceremony held at STC South on Monday, April 15, 2019. The National Technical Honor Society is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students in the United States.
The goals of the National Technical Honor Society include:
- Rewarding excellence in workforce education
- Developing self-esteem, pride
- Encouraging students to reach higher levels of achievement
- Promoting strong values-honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, leadership, citizenship, scholarship
- Helping schools build effective business partnerships
- Building a strong positive image for workforce education in America
Pictured left to right
Row 1: Halle Michel, Pottsville, Cosmetology; Courtney Greblick, Blue Mountain, Emerging Health Professionals; Zakkary Hozella, Pottsville, Computer Information Systems; Emily Brish, Blue Mountain, Culinary Arts; Crystal Morales, Shenandoah Valley, Health Careers; Hailey Troutman, Williams Valley, Computer Information Systems; Halia Bachman, Pottsville, Business Management; Serenity Mallick, North Schuylkill, Cosmetology; Abrielle McDemus, Pottsville, Culinary Arts; Cameron Bracey, Minersville, Carpentry; Schuyler Ossman, North Schuylkill, Emerging Health Professionals; Christina Cook, Pottsville, Emerging Health Professionals; Eva Scheitrum, Blue Mountain, Culinary Arts; Savannah Butler, Blue Mountain, Welding
Row 2: Emily Papa, Shenandoah Valley, Health Careers; Hattie Ebling, Pottsville, Business Management; Hailey Snyder, Williams Valley, Culinary Arts; Aaron Smith, Tamaqua, Small Engine Technology; Aaron Tallman, Williams Valley, Precision Machining Technology; Anakin Williams, Blue Mountain, Business Management; Nicole Bouchette; Pine Grove, Culinary Arts; GraceMae Reis, Blue Mountain, Cosmetology; David Niedzwiecki, North Schuylkill, Carpentry; Grayden Keller, Blue Mountain, Diesel Technology;
Missing from photo: Blake Kopinetz, Minersville, Carpentry; Hannah Reiter, Pine Grove, Emerging Health Professionals; Lauren Lukacz, Blue Mountain, Emerging Health Professionals; Morgan Carr, Williams Valley, Culinary Arts; Sophia Bates, Schuylkill Haven, Emerging Health Professionals
Schuylkill County Students Compete to Clean-Up the County
Mar Lin, PA (Tuesday, April 23, 2019)- Seven Schuylkill County School Districts will be competing against one another in Earth Day Inspired Clean-up. The Schools include: Blue Mountain, Tamaqua, North Schuylkill, Minersville, Pine Grove, STC North, STC South and Mahanoy Area School district. Each school district will create a team of no more than 9 students and the clean- up efforts will last three hours, beginning at 8:00am this morning. Each of the teams selected an area of Schuylkill County in which they will be cleaning. STC South Students will be cleaning Peach Mountain Road, Blue Mountain students will be cleaning up a section of Rt. 61 in Orwigsburg, and Tamaqua Students will be cleaning up the hill near the Tamaqua High School. For more locations of students, please contact Gary Hess II at the number above.
The teams will take photos and present their findings at a lunch, today Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Schuylkill Technology Center’s South Campus. A panel of community judges consisting of Commissioner Gary Hess; Joe Scribbick, Director of Schuylkill County Solid Waste and Recycling; Darlene Dolzani, Executive Director of SKIP; and Mandy Fitzpatrick, VISION will be on site at STC to judge the competition photos/presentations and select a winner. Presentations will begin at 1230pm today. Door Prizes and a trophy will be awarded to the winning team.
Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson Partners with STC for Battle of the Kings Motor Cycle Competition.
Frackville, PA – Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson partnered with students enrolled in the Outdoor Power Technology Program at Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) to build a customer Harley-Davidson Motor Cycle for the Battle of the Kings competition. The finished project will be unveiled at the Schuylkill Technology North Campus on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 1pm.
The 2019 Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings Competition guidelines require participants to partner with a career and technical school. As a result, Goeff Bogotuik, General Manager for Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson, reached out to Outdoor Power Technology Instructor Jason Wright at STC. The following STC students participated in the project: Jarrett Butz, senior from Blue Mountain; Cade Stone, a junior from Pottsville; Aaron Smith, junior from Tamaqua and Dawson Paulo, senior from Tamaqua. The team worked cooperatively to choose the “dirt racing inspired design,” said Mr. Wright. A 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob was the base model for the creation. Students went to Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson two days per week over the past two months to work on the project. In addition, two students enrolled in the Collision Repair Program at STC South; Rebecca Kramer, senior from Blue Mountain and Bailee Nauyalis, senior from Schuylkill Haven, custom painted the parts used for the project.
The final product, named “The Dirt Chip,” will be unveiled to STC Students on Monday, April 15th at the North Campus. Scheaffer’s will be unveiling the Dirt Chip Bike to general public at 1:30pm on April 27th during the Spring Open House and Vendor Showcase, which benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association.
People’s Choice Voting for the Battle of Kings Competition will run from 4/15/19 through 5/15/19. The winning bike in each of the three categories will be selected to proceed to the next level of the competition. A U.S. Champion will then be showcased at 2019 EICMA for a chance to win the Global Battle of the Kings Title.
STC Students Build Trophy Case for
Mahanoy Area High School
Mahanoy City, PA– Carpentry Students from Schuylkill Technology Center will be installing a new trophy case at the Mahanoy Area High School on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 9am. The 30 foot case, made from oak, was built by Carpentry Students at the South Campus under the direction of Carpentry Instructor, Philip Kintzel. “The students enjoyed working on a project of this scope that will be showcased in one of our member districts,” said Kintzel. The project began at the request of Stanley Sabol Jr., Principal of Mahanoy Area, and in conjunction with Ed Blazis, Facilities Manager for Mahanoy Area.
Craig Werner, from Werner Lumber, has volunteered his services to assist with transporting the case from STC South to Mahanoy Area. Once the case is installed, Dave Hess and students in the STC Residential and Industrial Electricity program will be installing LED lighting. Mahanoy Area will be outsourcing the glass shelving and doors.
For more information, please contact Shannon Brennan at 570-640-5115.
STC highlighted on WNEP news story
STC pushes to be the first high school in the country to have it's own food truck. Click the link below to see the story.
Click here to access the Food Truck page and links to make a donation: FOOD TRUCK
Schuylkill Technology Center North Graduates LPN Class
Frackville, PA –February 28, 2019 –Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) hosted a graduation ceremony for the adult Practical Nursing Program on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6pm at the North Campus.
STC Practical Nursing Program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX Examination, which qualifies them to become Licensed Practical Nursing. The classes are at STC North for both full time and part-time students. For more information, call 570-874-4881.
Standing from left to right: Mallory White, Gilberton; Katie Dower, Ashland; Tiffany Harrison, St. Clair; Rebekah Farrell, Sch. Haven; Mallory Hylka, Pottsville; Patricia Shepherd, Coal Twp.; Angela Pryzbylik, Ashland; Nicole Yesalavage, Girardville; Danhalzy Diaz, Frackville; Margaret Keisling, Tower City; Shannon Blood, Minersville.
Sitting from left to right: Kristi Zerby, Ashland; Alyssa Orme, Shamokin; Chrissy Smith, Pottsville; Melissa Matina, Pottsville; Kassandra Kintzel, Pine Grove; Amanda Wright, Pine Grove; Anastasia Hubert, Tower City.
STC SkillsUSA District 6 Competition Winners
Members of the SkillsUSA student organization of the Schuylkill Technology Center, North and South campuses, attended the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania District 6 Conference held at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport on Friday February 8, 2019. The students competed against their peers from District 6, which consists of students from 12 school districts from throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Students from both STC-North and STC-South campuses brought home thirty-nine podium finishes of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Gold medal winners will advance to the PA SkillsUSA State Conference in April, 2019.
1st Place Gold Medal Winners – (Pictured Left to Right)
Aaron Tallman, CNC Milling Specialist, Williams Valley
Tallin Chupick, Job Skill Demonstration A, Minersville
Emily Papa, Health Knowledge Bowl, Shenandoah Valley
Cassidy Leiberton, Health Knowledge Bowl, Minersville
Breille Saukynas, Health Knowledge Bowl, Tamaqua
Amanda Guers, Health Knowledge Bowl, Schuylkill Haven
Emily Fetterolf, Early Childhood Education, North Schuylkill
Nickolas Grose, Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair, Tri-Valley
Matt Rickert, Masonry, Tri-Valley
Camerin Miller, CNC Technician, Tamaqua
Jennifer Johns, Welding Sculpture, Schuylkill Haven
Jason Kirkwood, Electronics Technology, Minersville
Regina Edwards, Career Pathways: Human Services, Pottsville
Aaron Smith, Motorcycle Service Technology, Tamaqua
Dawson Paulo, Power Equipment Technology, Tamaqua
2nd Place Silver Medal Winners(front row left to right)
Christina Cook, Health Occupation Portfolio, Pottsville
Joei Shaller, Job Skill Demonstration O, Mahanoy Area
Ashley Maroldt, Customer Service, Tri-Valley
Nathan Ferrebee, Technical Computer Applications, Pine Grove
Crystal Morales, First Aid & CPR, Shenandoah Valley
Courtney Greblick, Medical Terminology, Blue Mountain
Taylor Marks, Basic Health Care, Minersville
Grayden Keller, Diesel, Blue Mountain
(back row left to right)
Jesse Walker, Carpentry, Mahanoy Area
Daniel Sweigert, Industrial Motor Control, Blue Mountain
Bailee Nauyalis, Automotive Refinishing, Schuylkill Haven
Zackary Haslam, Precision Machining, Saint Clair Area
Christopher Charles, Criminal Justice, Pine Grove
Seth Maley, Welding, Mahanoy Area
Kelsey Rice, Employment Application Process, Tri-Valley
Gabrielle Beishline, Nurse Assisting, Tamaqua
Michael Lucas, Plumbing, Tamaqua
Angelina Colna, Crime Scene Investigation, Schuylkill Haven
Tyler Viars, Crime Scene Investigation, Pottsville
Heather Weiss, Crime Scene Investigation, Williams Valley
3rd Place Bronze (left to right)
Johnathan Harhigh, Industrial Motor Control, North Schuylkill
Sara Jane Ryman, Customer Service, North Schuylkill
Blessyn Marcelle, Extemporaneous Speaking, Pottsville
Callum Chelius Hannum, Culinary Arts, Blue Mountain
Nichole Bouchette, Restaurant Service, Pine Grove
Kaeleen Sapp, Action Skills, Pottsville
Serenity Mallick, Cosmetology, North Schuylkill
Sarah Callaghan, Nail Care, Blue Mountain
Halle Michel, Nail Care Model, Saint Clair
Students of our Small Engine Technolgy class
have the opportunity to collaborate with Schaeffer's Harley Davidson:
Click here for the article: Small Engines/Schaeffer's HD
Another Diesel Technology success story.
Click on this link to see the South Schuylkill News
article: Grayden Keller, a Blue Mountain senior
STC sends out a huge thank you to Fanelli Trucking
for their donation of a truck to our Diesel program.
Click here to go directly to the website: NSCC
Schuylkill Technology Center was proud to be part of National School Climate Center's summit last fall to address the mismatch between the needs of school communities and the policies, research, and resources available to build inclusive, safe, and engaging schools. Download the newly released Summit Recap and Lessons from the Field Reports to see what we learned and find out more about promising practices from 6 school districts nationwide: https://schoolclimate.org/summit
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Photo: Aaron Tallman - Precision Machining (Williams Valley).
STC Student Achieves 2nd Place in Precision Machine Competition
Mar Lin, PA –December 14, 2018 – The Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) South Campus is proud to announce that Aaaron Tallman, a senior from the Williams Valley School District, achieved 2nd place in a Regional Precision Machine Competition hosted by Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Students from six regional career and technical schools; including: Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Hazleton, Bethlehem, Schuylkill, Easton and CCTI, participated in the friendly competition designed to help students prepare for the State Skills USA Competition. Bill Marks from TPEI Engineering and Kyle Ahner from BTM Machine served as judges for the contest. In keeping with the friendly nature of the competition, all participants receive prizes that include gift cards and machining tools.
Jason Walck, a junior from Carbon Career & Technical Institute earned 1st place in the competition and Aaron Tallman, senior from Schuylkill Technology (and Williams Valley School District) earned 2nd place.
The Carpentry Program Of Study (POS) has tasks associated with interior finish. Each Carpentry student has an educational plan that articulates the secondary career and technical programs to postsecondary degree or diploma or certificate programs through the PDE's .SOAR program. The interior stair project is a level three project which not only involves stairs, but drywall, trim, wall finish, and wall framing. Currently there are nine students working on individual projects. Students build everything from construction grade lumber, boards, or plywood. The only piece that the student did not make is the handrail. The starting box newel, balusters, and stair treads were all student built. The shop is currently full of stair projects at various stages of finish. (October 2018)
Thursday, November 8, 2018, is National STEM day. This is the day that we promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math within our classes. Here is a link to an article from the Times Leader in which Shannon Brennan, our Director, was quoted: Times Leader Article - 10/31/2018
Check out this "Tide Talk" video with Shannon Brennan, Director of STC and Dr. Zwiebel, Superintendent of Pottsville:
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