Generally, the school day is divided into two sessions. The morning (AM) session operates from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and the afternoon session (PM) operates from 12:00 noon 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 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. A 9th Grade Early Admissions option is available for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
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.
Conflict Day Notice: There may be days when a student’s high school is closed, on an early dismissal, or late arrival and BCTC is open. These are "conflict days". When BCTC is open, students are expected to attend BCTC according to the approved BCTC school calendar. Buses will run to and from district high schools to BCTC and back at the regular scheduled times. Unless notified otherwise, bus times remain unchanged on conflict days. Parents are asked to arrange transportation to and from the high schools to home on these conflict days. Should transportation arrangements not be available, students must bring in a note from the parent or guardian to that effect. Students are not expected to attend BCTC when their district is closed due to a weather related emergency.