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ICTC: Activities mark Career and Technical Education Month

by CHANEL SHERRY and MORGAN JOHNSTON, Gazette Student News Report on February 07, 2014 10:40 AM

February is designated as Career and Technical Education Month. The Indiana County Technology Center celebrates CTE month with fun activities every Friday for the rest of February.

Today is Walking Taco Day. Students can purchase a walking taco for $2.50.

On Feb. 14, hot cocoa and sugar cookies which will be distributed to the students. Students can also decorate their own customized sugar cookie.

Feb. 21 is “Duck Dynasty” Day. Students will be able to dress up as their favorite “Duck Dynasty” character and the best dressed will have their photographs taken.

Career-related and camouflage ducks will be sold to students through Feb. 27.

All proceeds collected will benefit Skills USA at the ICTC.

On Feb. 28, the last Friday of CTE month, students can participate in a duck toss in the Lobby of the ICTC. The winner will be rewarded with a breakfast/lunch with a friend, compliments of the culinary restaurant.

In addition to the activities, every Friday in February will provide the students with an opportunity to be awarded a prize.

Students who have perfect attendance for the month of February will be selected to win weekly prizes. On the last Friday of the month, there will be three grand prizes available to all morning and afternoon students.

Grand prize winners will also be selected on the last day of the month.

SkillsUSA Winners

On Jan. 20, the SkillsUSA District 8 competition was hosted by the Indiana County Technology Center.

Students from 11 different career and technical centers participated in contests that were held at ICTC, Indiana Area Senior High School, the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, WyoTech and Consol Energy.

The students competed in events including advertising design, carpentry, masonry, photography, nurse assisting.

The winners of each event will be traveling to Hershey in April to compete at state level.

The students from the career and technology centers demonstrated exceptional skill and knowledge of their events and competed vigorously to win.

From the Indiana County Technology Center, 11 students were winners and 19 placed in their events.

The students who earned third-place honors were Alexis McConnell for action skills, Mitchell Meager for basic health care, Amy Aimino for carpentry, Bo Anderson for CNC technician, Marcus Valenti for computer maintenance and Tom McDowell for masonry.

Runners-up were Courtney Taylor for advertising design and Kim Wheatcroft for customer service.

The winners who will be going to Hershey for the state competition in April are Shawn Naworol for auto service technology, Brandon Czerniec for automotive refinishing, Katilyn Smith for culinary arts, Waylon McGreary for electrical construction wiring, Ian McCleary for HVACR, Chelsea Yeomans for job skills demo, Kristin Glance for nail care, Christina Pizer as a nail care model, Caitlin Hauser for nurse assisting, Morgan Johnston for photography and Royce Bish for sheet metal.

Congratulations to all of the competitors for showing exceptional skills and to all of the winners of the SkillsUSA District 8 competition.

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