9th Grade Early Admissions

  • Educational Facilitators Tamzen Davis | Heather Wargo | East Campus
    Educational Facilitators John Forry | Christine Twiford | West Campus


    All of BCTC’s approved career and technical education programs are designed to be completed in three years. However, students with an IEP and having the school district’s recommendation may be considered for enrollment in the 9th Grade Early Admissions.

    The 9th Grade Early Admissions program provides a customized career development experience for 9th grade students with an IEP who can benefit from getting a head start in developing core career and technical skills and establishing a career pathway. Students will be provided the opportunity to experience several related program areas to develop a broad understanding of the career cluster and technical skills related to those careers during their first semester at BCTC.

    Beginning the second semester when students have chosen a particular career program for the remainder of their 9th grade year, students will be required to earn their OSHA 10 hour Safety Card. This is a prerequisite to return the following year.

    BCTC educational faciliators will assist students in selecting other appropriate programs in which to participate during the first and second quarter of the year. All program experiences shall be based on interest, aptitude and ability; however, if students opt not to remain in their initial program they must reapply for the new program for their 10th grade year. Each 9th grade student’s career and technical education experience shall be customized to his/her individual needs within the established parameters of the Early Admissions program.

    Program Entrance Requirements:

    o Program based on space availability
    o 9th grade students with an IEP
    o Student placement based on IEP or district recommendation

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Ability to read, write and apply math at or near grade level
    Self-disciplined and able to follow directions and established rules
    Ability to work independently and stay “on task”
    Ability to get along with others and work as a team member
    Ability to adapt to new learning experiences

    Required Costs:

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay. These costs change annually and are detailed within each program.

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  • Career Pathways*:


    Business Management & Entrepreneurship (W)
    Computer Systems Networking & Security (E)
    IT Programming (W)


    Advertising Art & Design Technology (W)
    Communication Media Technology (W)
    Printing Production Technology (W)
    Photo Imaging Technology (W)


    Building Construction Occupations (E)
    Cabinetry & Wood Technology (E)
    Carpentry (E)
    Electrical Occupations (B)
    Heavy Equipment Operations (E) Horticulture (E)
    HVAC / Refrigeration (E)
    Masonry (E)
    Painting & Decorating (E)
    Plumbing & Heating (E)


    Drafting Design Technology (W)
    Mechatronics Engineering Technology (W)
    Precision Machining Technology (W)
    Robotics & Automation Technology (W)
    Welding Technology (W)


    Dental Occupations (E)
    Electronic Health Records (E)
    Health Occupations (W)


    Cosmetology (B)
    Culinary Arts (B)
    Early Childhood Education (B)
    Protective Services (E)


    Automotive Collision Repair Technology (B)
    Automotive Technology (B)
    Diesel Technology (E)
    Heavy Equipment Technology (E)
    Recreational & Power Equipment Technology (W)


    (B) Program is offered at both campuses.

    (E) Program is offered only at the East Campus in Oley.

    (W) Program is offered only at the West Campus in Leesport.

    District counselors will be made aware of space availability in mid-January to early February.