Spring 2018 Newsletter

  • Welcome ot the digital version of the BCTC Career Connections Spring 2018 Newsletter! yellow flower BCTC horticulture

    Joint Operating Committee 

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

BCTC Seniors that Stand out
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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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  • Congrats to our 2018 Tech Comp Winners!

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 2/23/2018

    Logo: Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia

    Two BCTC students were honored at the 2018
    Greater Philadelphia Tech Competetion, organized by the Auto Dealers Association of Philadelphia. 

    Congratulations to BCTC's honorable Third Place Winners: 

    John Dierolf: Grade 12, Boyertown, Automotive Technology, East Campus 

    Ben Kovitch: Grade 12, Boyertown, Automotive Technology, East Campus

    The event is no easy task. First. approximately 100 seniors take a written exam in November. Then, the two highest scores from the top 12 schools qualify for the hands-on portion of the event in February. During the hands-on portion, participants perform a Pre-Delivery Inspection of a previously-bugged vehicle and test their knowledge at 10 workstations ranging from engine mechanical to communication skills.

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  • Director's Message dr. james kraft

    This has been a wonderful school year at the Berks Career and Technology Center. Our students and staff rock!  The staff and I continue to be impressed with the immense work ethic and accomplishments of our students. Test scores and industry credentials of our students are proof that BCTC is a top Pennsylvania career and technology center. I often refer to industry credential attainment as more important than grades to employers. Don’t get me wrong, good grades are important; however, industry credentials, skill attainment, attendance and attitude on the job are what is most important to employers. Our seniors leave BCTC with no less than two industry credentials and are “College and Career Ready” when they graduate. 

    BCTC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools (through 2025) and we recently went through a reaccreditation for the International Service Organization (ISO) 9001 along with attaining the latest ISO standards approvals (2015). Neither accreditation is state mandated, but both add value to BCTC and increase student achievement. Additionally, our staff have mastered using data effectively for continuous improvement and this equates to high performance in the classroom.

    As a technology-driven school, we saw the need to focus a lot of attention into updating our website this year. To help showcase the new site and be more economical with our printing, this edition of the Career Connections Newsletter is more compact with QR codes to drive readers to the website. Please visit BerksCareer.com today and often, to see the latest and greatest happenings at BCTC. 

    Congratulations to our 2018 seniors! We are so proud of your accomplishments. You are role models for future classes of BCTC students and we expect to hear great things from you. We wish you the best in your future. 

    Looking ahead, the 2018-2019 school year will be the 50th Anniversary of BCTC. We have many activities in the planning stage to celebrate the role BCTC has played and continues to play in the Berks County region. Our activities will include opportunities for alumni to return to their alma mater with family and friends and maybe even see their former teachers. You can connect to 50th Anniversary activities via our website or the BCTC Facebook page. 

    Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


    Dr. James Kraft
    Executive Director