Generally, the school day is divided into two sessions. The morning (AM) session operates from 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon session (PM) operates from 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These times will vary based on district transportation schedules and other scheduling variables. Every attempt is made to accommodate the scheduling needs of all students who attend BCTC.
Session assignment is based on a student’s overall schedule, the district in which he/she resides, and available openings. Therefore, students will attend either the AM or PM session at BCTC and the other half day at their high school.
Students can attend for one, two, or three years; however, most students enter in 10th grade and stay for three years. A 9th Grade Early Admissions option is available for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). A three-year program provides the best opportunity for students to complete the curriculum, acquire advanced credit at a post-secondary institution, and obtain industry-recognized licenses or certifications.
Several Industry Certifications offered through BCTC career and technical education programs have mandatory hour requirements. Most students who attend BCTC for a minimum of 2.5 hours per day and have very good attendance will be able to meet the industry certification hours requirements; however, since sending district schedules vary, students are encouraged to discuss their district BCTC schedule with their counselor to determine whether or not sufficient hours will be attainable to meet the program specific industry certifications.