About our School

BCTC About our school
  • Commitment to Quality

    We are committed to providing quality instruction and services to the satisfaction of our students and other stakeholders.


    Vision

    Our Vision is to provide a safe learning environment where each student is valued and prepared to succeed.


    Mission

    Our mission is to prepare all students for successful careers and higher education through a highly acclaimed, integrated academic and technical education experience.


    History

    The Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) was founded in 1968 and is regarded as one of the premier career and technical education facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, largely due to the outstanding performance and success of our students. BCTC operates two campuses, each situated on more than 23 picturesque acres in Berks County.

    Educational Approach
    BCTC provides high-quality technical education and career preparation to meet the needs of today’s high school students and adults. The school serves 16 public school districts, numerous nonpublic schools, and the citizens and businesses of the Berks County area. The Career Center is governed by a Joint Operating Committee comprised of school directors from each of the 16 sponsoring school districts. With campuses located in Leesport and Oley, we are conveniently located to serve our students.

    BCTC operates as a school of choice, designed for students who are seeking to enhance their educational program with a highly relevant career and technical experience that is connected directly to business and industry. Over 400 business and industry advisors review and update the school’s educational program annually. The BCTC experience provides students with a blend of classroom theory, technical applications in state-of-the-art laboratories, and actual off-campus work-based experiences. Students learn technical skills and earn nationally recognized industry certifications. They apply reading, writing, mathematics, science, communications, and technology in a way that has personal meaning and career relevance.

    Instructors
    The Career Center’s instructors are experienced professionals with practical experience in their occupational specialties and have the ability to teach, inspire, and motivate students. The staff consists of approximately 60 professional educators and 25 instructional support personnel. Instruction is designed to meet the needs of all students.

    Programs
    Students choose from 38 career pathways across the following career clusters: Business & Information Technology, Communications, Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing Technology, Healthcare, Services, and Transportation. Each year approximately 1,800 secondary and 500 adult students attend BCTC to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in a highly competitive workplace and further their education. Students can earn advanced credits through articulation agreements with post-secondary institutions. All students learn advanced technical skills and earn industry recognized credentials.

    State-of-the-art learning laboratories, a highly skilled faculty, and a curriculum delivered to industry and state academic standards combine to distinguish BCTC as a leading provider of career and technical education. BCTC prepares today's students for tomorrow's emerging technologies and provides them with the competitive edge needed to compete in the global marketplace.