BCTC in the Community Blog

  • BCTC students make an impact across Berks County and throughout the region. 

  • Conrad Weiser Innovation Day

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 5/4/2018

    Instructors from seven BCTC programs participated in Conrad Weiser Middle School's Innovation Day. Students were given the choice of learning from over 42 presenters in 55 minute sessions throughout the day. The activities were hands-on and gave the students a real understanding of what would be expected in various career fields. 

    BCTC instructors presented on the topics of Precision/Computerized Machining, Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Drafting Design Technology, Graphic Imaging, Horticulture, Painting and Decorating, and Culinary Arts. Each program offered opportunities for the students to really get involved in the project and have a lot of fun doing it! 

    student ensembles fidget spinner Students listen to precision machining instructors

    In Precision Machining, the students machined and assembled their own fidget spinner. 

    mechatronics teacher addresses students  students work on circuit boards

    The Mechatronics lab had students working with circuit boards. 

    kids enjoy drafting lesson  drafting teachers explains the benefits of 3D images

    In Drafting Design, students learned about CADD software, wrote the data to design a fidget spinner, and created a 3D drawing of their final product. 

    students discuss sticker designs  student creates stickers

    Graphic Imaging couldn't bring their large printing equipment to the middle school, but they did bring lots of photos and information about the print shop. Students then used professional quality art supplies to design stickers, which the BCTC print shop will be providing to the students. 

    students make seed balls girls show off muddy hands

    In Horticulture, the students literally got their hands dirty while making wild flower seed balls. These wildflowers are a positive improvement to the environment and will also look lovely. 

    students look at teacher  student paints board with help from BCTC assistant

    The Painting and Decorating instructor decided to use this time as a great opportunity for students to get a head start on Mother’s Day gifts, while also teaching them the foundation for proper painting and stenciling. 

    two girls make noodles  student eats noodles he just made from scratch

    The Culinary program clearly had the best smelling workshop of the day! Students learned how to make their own noodles from scratch and experiment with different seasonings. At the end of the hands-on lesson, they were able to eat their creations too.  

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  • BCTC Students Place at SkillsUSA Competition

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 4/20/2018

    Skills team from BCTC

    Congratulations to BCTC's SkillsUSAcompetitors! On April, 19 and 20, BCTC students attending the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA state competition. The team did incredibly well, leaving with the following medals:

    Gold Medals:

    • Audio/Radio Production Team: Mariama Jalloh & Aleasha Ettinger, both grade 12 from Exeter SD
    • Building Construction: Lucas Beshore, grade 12, Fleetwood HS
    • Cabinetmaking: Bradlee Benjamin, grade 12, Brandywine Heights SD
    • CNC Milling Specialist: Tim Deacosta, grade 12, Tulpehocken SD
    • Culinary Arts: Sierra Kugler, grade 12, Governor Mifflin SD
    • Diesel Equipment Technology: Takoda Hartman, grade 12, Schuylkill Valley
    • Graphic Communications: Olivia Mearkle, grade 12, Exeter SD
    • Mechatronics Team: Josiah Dempsey, grade 11, Fleetwood SD; & Andrew O’Donohue, grade 11, Homeschooled
    • Painting and Decorating: Trinity Shepley, grade 10, Tulpehocken SD
    • Photography: Taylor Szkwarck, grade 12, Governor Mifflin SD
    • Plumbing: Robert Scheuring, grade 12, Governor Mifflin SD

    Silver Medals:

    • Carpentry: Cole Butz, grade 12, Brandywine Heights SD
    • Computer Programming: David Rohweder, grade 11, Governor Mifflin SD
    • Cosmetology: Jennifer Bazan, grade 12, Tulpehocken SD
    • Masonry: Jacob Ortlip, grade 12, Boyertown SD
    • Photography: Ashlee Shumaker, grade 12, Berks Christian School
    • Team Works: Sabastian Baringer, grade 12, Carpentry, Twin Valley SD; James Fontana, grade 12, Plumbing, Boyertown SD; Ryan Kane, grade 11, Building Construction, Daniel Boone SD; and Mason Mealing; grade 12, Masonry, Wilson SD
    • Television (Video) ProductionTeam: Jason Christof, grade 11, Exeter SD; & Rachel Murray, 11thgrade, Boyertown SD

    Bronze Medals:

    • Cabinetmaking: John Harrell, grade 12, Exeter
    • CNC Technician: Dakota Kohler, grade 12, Fleetwood SD
    • Digital Cinema ProductionTeam: Justin Freed, grade 12, Boyertown SD; & Chris Logar, grade 12, Fleetwood SD
    • Industrial Motor Control: Stanley Goff, grade 12, Twin Valley SD
    • Nail Care: Veronica Wilson, grade 12, Exeter SD; & Nail model, Samantha Allen, grade 11, Oley Valley SD


    • Auto Refinishing Technology: Mason Snyder, grade 12, Brandywine SD

    SkillsUSA is a student organization that emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, high standards and trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship, safety, and partnership with business. Students participate in district, state, and national competitions as well as leadership opportunities and community service. All BCTC students are eligible to participate in SkillsUSA.

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  • HOSA State Leadership Conference

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 3/23/2018

    Students from the HOSA - Future Healthcare Professionals student organization participated in the HOSA State Leadership Conference. Unfortunately, the physical conference had to be canceled due to inclement weather, but the activities took place online.

    Congratulations to BCTC's First Place Winners:

    • CPR/First Aid Team: Lucas Richardson, Twin Valley SD and Ben Moyer, Brandywine Heights
    • Health Education: Jessica Sinclair, Governor Mifflin, Emma Waltz, Governor Mifflin, and Lauren Leibowitz, Governor Mifflin
    • Research Persuasive Writing & Speaking: Matthew Ward, Exeter
    • Medical Innovations Existing: Caitlin Miller, Brandywine Heights, Courtney Keegan-Smith, Tulpehocken, and Coty Emerich, Tulpehocken

    Congratulations to BCTC's Second Place Winners: 

    • CERT Skills Team: Shea Adams, Fleetwood; and Alyssa Arndt, Boyertown 
    • Speaking Skills: Hannah Geesey, Fleetwood 
    • Extemporaneous Writing: Garrett Jenkins, Brandywine Heights
    • Medical Spelling: Justice Perfetto, Governor Mifflin

    Congratulations to BCTC's Third Place Winners: 

    • Dental Terminology: Michaela Blankenbiller, Tulpehocken 
    • Life Support Skills: Jonathan Jarvis, Boyertown 
    • Prepared Speaking: Sebastian Kukielka, Fleetwood
    • KT: Behavioral Health: Grace Kutz, Hamburg 
    • Physical Therapy: Paige Osborn, Twin Valley 
    • Medical Reading: Catherine Zimmermann, Tulpehocken 

    HOSA is a wonderful student organization. The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.  

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  • FCCLA Students take the Gold Silver and Bronze

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 3/16/2018

    Several students from BCTC East and West campuses attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Pocono Manor, Pa. 

    Congratulations to our students who will be attending Nationals:

    • Food Innovations: Autumn Schabener, Exeter SD and Geoffery Nagle, Boyertown SD, Gold Award
    • STAR Event/Advocacy: Sienna Montalvo, Governor Mifflin SD, and Austina Stong, Conrad Weiser SD, Gold Award Event/Advocacy, Gold Award. 
    • Illustrated Talk: Megan Goetz, Boyertown SD, Silver Award

    Congratulaitons to Madison Zazzi, from Daniel Boone SD, who received a scholarship and silver recognition for the Baking category. 

    Congratualtions to the many more students who placed in the competetion.

    Gold Winners: 

    • Culinary Arts: Delanie Heck-Hoppes, Schuylkill Valley (Home Schooled) 
    • STAR Event/Focus on Children: Sydney Himmelberger, Schuylkill Valley
    • STAR Event/Focus on Children: Camryn Hoagland, Hamburg 
    • Culinary Arts: Sierra Kugler, Governor Mifflin
    • Culinary Arts: Derreck Roane-Turner, Wilson 

    Silver Winners: 

    • STAR Event/Advocacy: Gabrielle D'Amico, Conrad Weiser. 
    • Focus on Children: Savanna Roney, Boyertown 
    • Cake Decorating: Rebecca Fox, Boyertown
    • Food & Beverage Service: Sarah Gibson, Boyertown
    • Food & Beverage Service: Alise Newman, Brandywine Heights
    • Menu Planning: Emma Laigaie, Daniel Boone
    • Menu Planning: Joy Trembley, Exeter
    • PA Food Art: Robin Mossholder, Boyertown
    • PA Knife Skills: Shaun Saltsman, Brandywine Heights
    • Culinary Arts: Morgan McDonald, Daniel Boone
    • Culinary Arts: Trevor Hamill, Daniel Boone
    • Culinary Arts: Jeremy Mill, Daniel Boone

    Bronze Winners: 

    • Culinary Arts: Alexa Scatamacchia, Oley
    • Culinary Arts: Darius Carter, Oley
    • Culinary Arts: Abigail Mefferd, Boyertown 
    • Applied Math for Culinary Management: Gavin Parish, Exeter 
    • Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation: Emily Angstadt, Boyertown
    • Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation: Samantha Bashore, Boyertown 
    • Chapter Career Portfolio: Macayla Braunsberg, Boyertown 
    • Chapter Career Portfolio: Abbey Riker, Daniel Boone

    FCCLA is open to students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, and Service Occupations programs. Emphasis is on promoting personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer science education, focusing on the multiple roles of family members, wage earners, and community leaders.

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