- Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
- Student Handbook
To access our Student Handbook in full PDF form, please click on the following link.
*All student forms that are found in the back of the handbook, and require signatures, can be accessed through the Eduready CTE-360 portal here: https://ctclc.cte-360.com/GeneralForm/Index *
Mission & Vision Statement
CTCLC prepares all students for career pathways in the global marketplace by providing experiential learning with the skills and knowledge needed for postsecondary education and employment opportunities that result in self-sufficiency or family-sustaining wages.
CTCLC will innovate, educate, and provide the highest quality opportunities for all of our students while continuing to be a valuable community partner.
Letter from Director
Joint Operating Committee
School District Representative
Carbondale............................................... James Dovin
Dunmore................................................... Francis Kranick, Treasurer
Forest City ................................................ Stephen Ursich
Lakeland................................................... Mark Solomon, Vice President
Mid Valley ................................................. Glenn Cashuric
North Pocono ........................................... William Burke, Secretary
Scranton................................................... Sean McAndrew
Valley View................................................ Joseph Mondak, President
John P. Finnerty, Esq., Solicitor................ Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, LLP
John Marichak, Superintendent of Record... Dunmore School District
Main Office ............................................... 570-346-8471
Guidance .................................................. ext. 108, 101
Pupil Services........................................... ext. 123
Business Office ........................................ ext. 194
Nurse........................................................ ext. 150
FAX ........................................................... 570-342-4251
CTCLC PROGRAM AREA CHANGE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
Students are encouraged to make a sound program area career choice when they apply for enrollment to CTCLC. However, there may be a situation when a student may want to change his/her CTCLC program area. Changing a student’s program area can be a challenge to both the students and instructors. Requests for a program change will be reviewed cooperatively with the student, parent(s) or legal guardian(s), guidance counselors, and program instructors. Students wishing to change their CTCLC program must meet with their counselor regarding their issues, concerns, and ideas. The counselor will schedule a visit(s) to the student’s areas of interest. Through the visit, the program instructor will evaluate the appropriateness of the change. The student will then complete a change of course form that will be signed by the instructor, counselor, student, and parents.
When PM enrollment limitations are necessary, selected AM students will be required to return in the AM for their Level II progression. The AM students will be selected for AM retention following the 3rd marking period with the selection based upon review of the following criteria: Program Grades, Attendance, and Discipline.
Students selected to return in the AM for Level II will be notified early in the 4th marking period to facilitate schedule adjustments at their sending schools. Students selected to return in AM for Level II progression may also choose to enroll in a different program (AM only) or return to their sending school for a full schedule the following year.
Progress reports are issued mid-way between each report card for students who are in danger of failing the quarter. Progress reports are posted to both the parent and student portal. They are issued so that the student and the parent are aware of the student’s progress. All students’ progress can be monitored through the parent portal, which can be accessed on the school’s website. Parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to contact the CTCLC Instructor and Guidance Counselor to discuss student progress.
Report cards are issued four (4) times per school year. They include grades earned, teacher’s comments, and daily absences. Report cards will be posted on both the parent and student portal, with parent/ guardian(s) notification via the automated calling system.
Students are graded according to their performance in class and the proficiency they demonstrate. This includes theoretical knowledge of their chosen field and the application of this theoretical knowledge to lab work. Development of the characteristics of a good employee, such as teamwork, attendance, and work ethic will also be considered in assigned grades. Grading is as follows:
93 – 100 Excellent
85 – 92 Above Average
76 – 84 Average
70 – 75 Minimum Requirements
0 – 69 Failure (F)
When a student accumulates five (5) or more unexcused absences in a quarter, the highest possible grade they will receive for that quarter is a 60.
If a student fails at CTCLC, they will not participate in Awards Night. They may receive a certificate of completion in their program but cannot participate if they fail a math credit they are taking at CTCLC.
Students are encouraged to participate in career technical student organizations. The student activities at the Career Technology Center include:
• National Technical Honor Society
• Student Council
• Student Ambassador Program
The qualifications for membership into the National Technical Honor Society are as follows:
• No CTCLC quarter grade below 80 10th, 85 11th & 12th grades • Cumulative CTCLC average of 90 or above
• CTCLC student of at least 2 (two) years
• Absences: 5 permitted senior year
• Review of Discipline Records, no suspensions in/out of CTC • Cumulative Home School average of 80 or above with no course failure for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
• Nominations made senior year by Instructor
For other student activities, the criteria is the same, excluding grades.
Each instructor may select a senior student at the end of the school year as “Student of the Year” for outstanding achievement at the Career Technology Center. Faculty, administration, and staff also nominate a “Student of the Month” at CTCLC. The selection is based on grades, attendance, involvement in school activities, attitude, discipline, etc.
Attendance/ Tardy/ Early Dismissal/ Sending School Excused
The Joint Operating Committee requires that school-age students enrolled in the career and technical school attend school regularly, in accordance with state laws. The educational program offered by the center is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. The Joint Operating Committee recognizes the positive correlation between regular attendance and achievement.
Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in the center during the days and hours that the center is in session, except that the building administrator or teacher may excuse a student for temporary absences when receiving satisfactory evidence of mental, physical, or other urgent reasons that may reasonably cause the student’s absence. Urgent reasons shall be strictly construed and do not permit irregular attendance.
The Joint Operating Committee considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence:
1. Illness – medical professional excuse.
2. Quarantine – medical professional excuse.
3. Recovery from accident – medical professional excuse. 4. Death in immediate family. (2 days)
5. College or military visits (2 days) with documentation. 6. Court mandated absences – court provided excuse needed.
Absences shall be treated as unexcused until the center receives a written excuse signed by the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence, to be submitted within three (3) days of the absence. Student-signed excuses shall not be acceptable. The fact that a parent/guardian provides a written explanation for the absence does not, in itself, qualify the absence as excused. Parent excuses are not acceptable. Vacation days are considered unexcused.
Seniors that accumulate 15 days unexcused and/or fail to complete the NOCTI written or NOCTI practical test will not walk on stage on Awards Night, NO EXCEPTIONS. Seniors who are not permitted to walk are required to remain at CTCLC until senior grades are due at their home school.
The Joint Operating Committee may report to appropriate authorities infractions of the law regarding the attendance of students below the age of seventeen (17). The Joint Operating Committee shall issue notice to those parents/guardians who fail to comply with the requirements of compulsory attendance that such infractions will be prosecuted in accordance with law.
Attendance need not always be within school facilities. A student will be considered in attendance if present at any place where school is in session by authority of the Joint Operating Committee; the student is receiving approved tutorial instruction or health or therapeutic services; the student is engaged in an approved and properly supervised independent study, work-study or career education program; the student is receiving approved homebound instruction.
The Joint Operating Committee shall permit a student to be excused for participation in a project sponsored by a statewide or countywide 4- H, FFA or combined 4-H and FFA group upon written request prior to the event.
The Joint Operating Committee will recognize other justifiable absences for part of the school day. These shall include medical or dental appointments, court appearances, family emergencies, and other urgent reasons.
Students must be present until 9:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. in each session to receive attendance credit. Students who leave before these times must present a valid Doctor’s excuse.
Medical and dental appointments must be verified through the center prior to the date of absence, if at all possible. Students may not be excused if the appointment cannot be verified. Court-related appointments in which early release is required must be verified and cleared through the administration prior to the date of absence, if at all possible.
The Director or designee shall develop administrative regulations for the attendance of students which:
1. Ensure a school session that conforms with the requirements of state regulations.
2. Govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with state statutes.
3. Distribute annually to staff, students, and parents/guardians Joint Operating Committee policies and school rules and regulations governing student attendance, absences, and excusals. 19
4. Impose on truant students appropriate incremental disciplinary measures for infractions of the center’s rules, but no penalty may have an irredeemably negative effect on the student’s record beyond that which naturally follows absence from class learning experiences.
5. Ensure that students legally absent have an opportunity to make up work.
Attendance records, including instances of tardiness, shall be a factor used to determine a student’s eligibility to participate in cooperative education programs and extracurricular activities.
When a student is absent from the center, s/he shall be restricted from all center functions and activities for that day, both onsite and offsite.
Upon return to school from an absence, a written excuse explaining the reason for the absence must be provided to the Program Instructor within the next three (3) school days. This excuse must be signed and dated by the parent/guardian and any medical professional or court-provided excuse must be attached.
When a student’s accumulated unexcused absences reaches five (5) days, a notice will be mailed to the parent/guardian and sending school principal advising that the student is being placed on attendance probation.
When a student’s accumulated unexcused absences reaches ten (10) days, a mandatory conference will be scheduled by the sending district and the parent/guardian and the CTCLC will be notified of the date and time. This conference is intended to provide affected parties the opportunity to present additional information and/or extenuating circumstances and develop an action plan for improving attendance.
Failure by any party to attend the ten (10) day conference automatically forfeits their ability to raise extenuating circumstances at a later date.
When a student’s accumulated unexcused absences reaches fifteen (15) days, the student may be dis-enrolled from their CTCLC program and returned to their sending school for resumption of a full academic schedule. If this situation occurs during the fourth marking period, the student may be allowed to complete the school year at CTCLC, but will not be enrolled at CTCLC for the following school year.
When any student’s accumulated absences reach thirty (30) days (excused and unexcused) an administrative review meeting will be held to determine if continued enrollment in the CTCLC program of study is appropriate.
ACCESS TO BUILDING/ STUDENT TARDINESS
For safety and security reasons, all students are to enter and exit CTCLC via the front doors located near the main office. Students arriving after their scheduled arrival time must obtain a Late Pass. Students that accumulate four (4) unexcused tardies will receive a detention. The second offense will result in a second detention to be followed by suspension thereafter.
EARLY DISMISSAL EXCUSES
Students are not allowed to leave school prior to dismissal because of work or social obligations.
Early dismissal requests will be reviewed by the CTCLC administration and a determination will be made as to whether the reason for the early dismissal will be considered an excused dismissal. Dismissals that will be excused include notifications from a medical facility, approval from school nurse that student is ill and needs to leave, approval from sending
district due to student participating in some type of extracurricular activity, Courtmandated absences – court- provided excuse needed, death in immediate family. Repeated requests will be reviewed critically. For a dismissal to be marked excused, students must submit proper documentation within three days of the early dismissal. Failure to do so will result in the student receiving an “unexcused dismissal” for that day.
Requests must be presented to the main office prior to the student leaving and contain the specific reason for leaving, time & date of dismissal, parent/guardian signature & valid phone number.
Students leaving prior to the CTC’s dismissal time to participate in sports, theater, or other extracurricular activities must have the homeschool provide the CTC with a schedule of event dates and times for approval. The CTC must approve the schedule prior to the student participating in the event(s) and leaving for the day.
Students leaving for an event not approved by the CTC, abusing this privilege, or not notifying the CTC of a change in the event schedule will have the absence recorded as “Unexcused Dismissal” and may face disciplinary action.
All students leaving early MUST sign out at the front office. Students leaving early and who are being picked up by an adult must: a. Have the adult come into the building to sign them out. b. The adult must be registered on the student’s record. c. The adult must provide the office with proper identification. d. Any other adults coming to pick up students must have authorization and confirmation from the parent/guardian verified before the student can leave the building.
Students participating in a cooperative education experience must remain in school until the end of the school day when attending their required CTC classes.
Four unexcused early dismissals will result in a detention. Offenders accumulating more than four unexcused early dismissals can result in increased discipline measures up to and including suspension, as well as loss of driving privileges. They will also be mandated to have a parent/ guardian pick the student up whether the student drives or not for any early dismissals afterward.
Forgery of notes and excuses: The forging of notes, excuses, etc. is considered a serious violation of school policy. Any student found guilty of forging a note will receive disciplinary action as per the disciplinary code. Also, if the note is found to be using an outside entity’s information the entity will be notified which may result in additional legal action.
SENDING SCHOOL EXCUSED
The CTCLC sending schools must provide advance notice to the CTCLC if they wish to excuse any or all of their students from attendance on a regularly scheduled school day. This includes any early dismissal or late start school days and any other days not listed on the sending schools’ annual school calendar. The notice shall include the reason for the excusal and the names or numbers of students excused. Students leaving for homeschool events cannot leave until verification of the event is sent to CTC from the homeschool.
CTCLC will only recognize ten (10) such sending school excuses as acceptable absences. Additional days absent will be counted against the students’ five (5), ten (10), fifteen (15), and thirty (30) day limits identified above.
Two (2 days) bereavement for immediate family and two (2) days for college or military visits, with documentation, are permitted.
In striving to provide a safe and positive learning environment; harassment regarding an individual’s race, religion, ethnicity, or disability is viewed by CTCLC as unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Harassment by individuals such as staff members, students, contracted individuals, and vendor is prohibited by CTCLC. Any student, who feels any other individual is harassing him/her, must communicate to that individual or individuals that the behavior is found offensive and must be discontinued. The student must also report the incident to his/her instructor, guidance counselor, building principal or any faculty or staff person. All complaints will be investigated expeditiously and substantiated complaints will lead to corrective action taken by the CTCLC administration.
Threatening, bullying or any intimidating behavior is also prohibited by CTCLC. Any student who feels intentionally intimidated, bullied, or threatened by another individual must communicate to that person that the behavior is found threatening or intimidating. The student must also report the behavior to his/her instructor, guidance counselor, building principal or any faculty or staff person. Any student who is found, through report and/or investigation, to be intentionally intimidating
CTCLC strives to provide a safe and positive learning climate for students in the center. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the center to maintain an educational environment in which harassment in any form is not tolerated.
CTCLC prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment of students and third parties in the center. CTCLC encourages students and third parties who have been harassed to promptly report such incidents to the designated employees. Complaints of harassment shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action will be taken when allegations are substantiated. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the center’s legal and investigative obligations. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of harassment.
For purposes of this policy, harassment shall consist of verbal, written, graphics, or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, national origin/ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or religion when such conduct:
1. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity or creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational
2. Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance.
3. Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s learning opportunities.
For the purpose of this policy, sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other inappropriate verbal, written, graphic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
1. Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s academic status.
2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used at the basis for academic or work decisions affecting the individual.
3. Such conduct deprives a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment.
4. Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include but are not limited to sexual flirtations, advances, touching, or propositions; verbal abuse or a sexual nature; graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body; sexually degrading words to describe an individual; jokes; pin-ups; calendars; objects; graffiti; vulgar statements; abusive language; innuendos; references to sexual activities; overt sexual
conduct; or any conduct that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s ability to work or learn or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or working environment.
Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of their fellow students and center employees and to ensure an atmosphere free from all forms of unlawful harassment.
The building administrator shall be responsible to complete the following duties when receiving a complaint of unlawful harassment:
1. Inform the student or third party of the right to file a complaint and the complaint procedure.
2. Inform the complainant that s/he may be accompanied by a parent/guardian during all steps of the complaint procedure.
3. Notify the complainant and the accused of the progress at appropriate stages of the procedure.
4. Refer the complainant to the Compliance Officer if the building administrator is the subject of the complaint.
A student or third party who believes s/he has been subject to conduct that constitutes a violation of this policy is encouraged to immediately report the incident to the building administrator or a center employee.
An employee of the center who suspects or is notified that a student has been subject to conduct that constitutes a violation of this policy shall immediately report the incident to the building administrator.
If the building administrator is the subject of a complaint, the student, third party, or employee shall report the incident directly to the Compliance Officer.
The complainant or reporting employee is encouraged to use the report form available from the building administrator, but o r a l complaints shall be acceptable.
Once a complaint has been received, the complaint process shall be in accordance with Policy #248 of the approved policy manual.
CTCLC Bullying Prevention
CTCLC - BULLY PREVENTION
CTCLC is committed to protecting students from all forms of bullying behavior. Every student has the right to attend school in a non-threatening environment where he/she is treated with dignity and respect. As a school community, CTCLC is committed to working together with students, and parents (guardians), and sending school districts to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff.
CTCLC’s Anti-bullying program will maintain this philosophy each school year.
See CTC’s Harassment Policy
1. Bullying involves aggressive behavior (physical, emotional, or social in nature)
2. Repetitive pattern – over time
3. Imbalance of power or strength
If your child is being bullied, he or she is strongly encouraged to tell someone (teacher, administration, school nurse, guidance, parent). Bullying behaviors will be investigated and handled in a professional and fair manner.
Toys, radios, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, headphones, earbuds, electronic games, cameras, cards, spinners, and other entertainment devices are not permitted in classrooms. Because use and/or possession of these items can cause disruptions in education, staff will confiscate
and store these items in the main office until a parent/legal guardian retrieves them. Disciplinary action will be taken.
The use of cellular phones and any devices that have the capability to take photographs, record audio or video, or text message, is prohibited during the instructional school day at CTCLC.
1. Cell phones are allowed only in the cafeteria before 8:15 A.M., during scheduled lunches, and after 3:00 P.M.
2. Cell phones may be used in the classroom for instructional purposes at the discretion of the instructor.
3. Cell phones must remain off during an evacuation.
The Career Technology Center staff assumes no responsibility for lost and/or damage to entertainment/communication devices brought to school by students. Unauthorized entertainment/communication devices used in school by students will be confiscated and released only to a parent/legal guardian. Failure to cooperate with the confiscation will result in an out of school suspension.
Students found to be using cell phones in unauthorized areas during the school day will be subject to confiscation of the prohibited item, as well as subject to the following disciplinary action.
• First offense- Warning. Device confiscated and returned at the end of the day.
• Second offense- Detention. Device confiscated to be picked up by parent or guardian.
• Third offense- Suspension. Device confiscated to be picked up by parent or guardian.
Refusal to turn over phone will result in immediate suspension.
Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an educational program that combines classroom learning with real-world work experience. It provides students with the opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge in a professional setting related to their field of study. Co-op programs are designed to enhance students’ academic learning by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
Cooperative Education includes:
• Paid/Unpaid Internships
• Clinical Experiences
• Diversified Occupations
Co-op is designed to be a culminating skill development program. It is a unique plan of education that integrates classroom learning with supervised work experience in the business community. The co-op program provides an opportunity for seniors and 4th quarter juniors to be employed for a ½ day during school hours in the field where they have received technical instruction at the CTCLC. The work is monitored by the coordinator of the program from CTCLC and a mentor at their workplace. They receive full credit for their employment hours and earn an hourly wage equal to or greater than minimum wage.
GUIDELINES FOR CTCLC PRINCIPAL’S RECOMMENDATION
1. Program of Study (POS) Instructor Recommendation
2. Adherence to CTCLC’s Attendance Policy (Junior Year) 3. Above Average CTCLC Grades (85 – 100) (Junior Year) 4. Passing all classes at sending district
5. Review of Discipline record
6. Displays Strong Hard and Soft Skills
7. Level II (4th quarter Junior) or Level III (Senior) student 8. Approval from their sending school principal
Adherence to the CTCLC handbook and employer policies is required for continued participation in the cooperative education program.
CTCLC Student Assistance Program (SAP)
CTCLC – STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
In Pennsylvania, every school is required to have a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning. The CTCLC–SAP team follows PA’s Department of Education guidelines and is confidential.
A SAP team is comprised of successfully trained individuals from CTCLC’s staff and Lackawanna community agencies to provide assessment and support to students and their parents or guardians as a team. We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. We will provide you with information; the goal is to help your child succeed in school.
Anyone can refer a student: parent, teacher, principal, peers, or self-referrals. Participation is voluntary. If you feel your child needs help, please call the school (570-346-8471) and ask to speak with a member of the SAP team.
CTCLC Threat Assessment Team
THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM
In 2019, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 18 of 2019, which amended Pennsylavania’s Public School Code by adding Article XIII-E, Threat Assessment. One of the provisions of this article requires that school entities establish a Threat Assessment Team (TAT).
CTCLC’s TAT consists of our School Safety and Security Coordinator as well as individuals with expertise in school health, counseling, administration, and special education. Some members from CTC’s SAP team and Safe2Say Something Crisis Team are also members.
Both students and staff are trained annually on information pertaining to the TAT including how to make anonymous tips through the Safe2Say app and anonymous referrals through our SAP Referral Process. More information about CTCLC’s TAT can be found under the Joint Operating Committee tab under Joint Operating Committee Policies, Policy #236.1 or by calling the school.
Be here notified that CTCLC is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to maintain a working relationship with local authorities and is required to report to these authorities incidents related to violence, weapons possession, drug possession and/or abuse, harassment or any other activity which impedes the orderly and safe operation of the educational institution. This policy will be enforced with the intention of maintaining a safe and secure learning environment.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy)
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY/ PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT NOTIFICATIONS
Notification of Rights under FERPA for Secondary Schools The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal or appropriate school official a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The school is not required to provide copies and may charge a fee if copies are requested.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believe are inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the School principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is listed below:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Parents are encouraged to request a conference to discuss student performance. The Guidance Department will complete all arrangements and establish a time and date for the conference.
The School Counseling Program at The Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County is a comprehensive program, developed to meet the academic, personal/social, and career development needs of all students. Students, Parents/Guardians, and Staff are encouraged to meet with the School Counselor to address any student concerns. Academic development is addressed through the teaching of time and task management, effective study skills, and identifying related coursework in preparation to choose from a wide variety of substantial postsecondary options, including college. Social and personal issues will be addressed by assisting students in developing interpersonal skills, respect for self and others, coping and conflict resolution skills, decision-making, and goal setting. The School Counselor will assist students in career planning by determining areas of interests and aptitudes, selecting a program that meets their career/occupational goals, and expanding their individual options. Goals and objectives for community involvement also include parent and family collaboration to support and nurture students’ goals and improve the probability of successful completion of the program.
The counseling relationship between students and their school counselor requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence. However, students are informed that exceptions to confidentiality exist in which counselors must inform others of information they obtained in the counseling relationship in order to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to students, themselves, or others, and if it is legally required.
Parents are encouraged to request a conference to discuss student performance. The Guidance Department will complete all arrangements and establish a time and date for the conference.
CAREER RESOURCE COUNSELING
There is a need for the communities that surround the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County to fully understand the services and program opportunities that exist for the students and parents of Lackawanna County. Our Career Resource Coordinator works closely with our sending districts to support all endeavors to bring appropriate career resources to the students and parents of the member districts.
Our goal is to provide our students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to become useful, productive, and self-respecting citizens capable of maintaining employment and continuing their education within the scope of their career. We accomplish this by integrating academic and career/technical education while still meeting the industry skill standards. Leadership, teamwork, and communication skills are critical to success in the workplace. The programs of study are designed to provide students with the qualifications necessary to obtain an entry-level position or to continue their education at a post-secondary institution.
Students requiring specially designed instruction will have their needs met according to their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). CTCLC employs a Special Needs Coordinator who attends IEP meetings to help IEP teams develop appropriate career and technical programming for students with special needs. The Special Needs Coordinator then shares the information with the appropriate CTCLC staff to ensure proper delivery of the IEP. Students may always seek extra help from their instructors if they do not understand an assignment if the work is difficult, or if they have been absent and have missed assignments and class discussions. Students should arrange a conference directly with the instructor before or after school, or at a mutually convenient time during the day.