9th Grade Early Admissions

  • Facilitators: 
    Tamzen Davis & Heather Wargo | East Campus
    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 early in their high school career. Students will be provided the opportunity to enter their program of choice at the beginning of their 9th grade year. This will provide them with extra time in a more concentrated area of study.

    BCTC educational facilitators will monitor students throughout the first quarter to ensure the appropriateness of the program for students. During this first year, if a student determines this is not their true program of interest, other program options may be explored. 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.

    Please note, the 9th Grade Early Admission program is a very unique and customized opportunity for 9th grade students, therefore it is limited to a specific number of programs from year to year.

    Program Entrance Requirements:

    • Program based on space availability
    • 9th grade students with an IEP
    • 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 on the individual program pages. 

    BCTC Career Clusters and Pathways (Based on Space Availability)

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

    Please refer to the specific program description for individual program requirements and costs.

    Business & Information Technology

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


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


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

    Engineering & Manufacturing Technology

    Drafting Design Technology (W)
    Engineering Technology (W)
    Precision Machining Technology (W)
    Welding Technology (W)


    Dental Occupations (E)
    Health Occupations (W)
    Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Therapy (E)


    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) Indicates the program is offered at both campuses.

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

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