National Technical Honor Society Induction Held

Forty-nine students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on April 8, 2014. The National Technical Honor Society is an honor society for outstanding students in career and technical education institutions in the United States. Today NTHS serves over 2,500 member schools and universities throughout the nation.

The goals of the National Technical Honor Society include:

  • Rewarding excellence in workforce education
  • Developing self-esteem, pride
  • Encouraging students to reach higher levels of achievement
  • Promoting strong values-honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, leadership, citizenship, scholarship
  • Helping schools build effective business partnerships
  • Building a strong positive image for workforce education in America

Click here to see the complete list of inductees.

ACT Students Compete at State Career Tech Conference
Twenty-six students from eleven programs competed at the WV State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference at Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor, WV on April 28-29, 2014. Students demonstrated a wide array of knowledge and technical skills as they vied for medals in Architectural Drafting, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Collision Repair, Computer Maintenance, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice, Diesel Technology, Graphic Communications, Industrial Motor Controls, Job Skills Demonstration, Masonry, Residential Wiring, Technical Drafting, Welding, and Technical Computer Applications. Gold medalists advance to represent ACT and the state of West Virginia at the the 50th annual National SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO June 23-27, 2014. Good luck students! Click here to view the complete list of medalists.

New High School Equivalency Test Announced
West Virginia has selected CTB/McGraw Hill to provide the new High School Equivalency Assessment beginning January 1, 2014 to replace the GED©. The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) will be available both paper pencil and computer based transitioning to all computer based by 2016. The TASC will consist of five subtests: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Scholarships will be provided by the state for students who successfully pass the practice test.

The TASC is aligned with the Common Core Standards and is designed to meet the needs of adults who want to move on to college or a career. Successfully completing the TASC will mean that students have the knowledge equivalent to or more than 40% of graduating seniors.

The TASC website ( offers sample question and a wealth of information.

August 2014 LPN Class Accepting Applications
The LPN class will be accepting applications for the August 2014 class starting February 17th. Pre-entrance exams will be administered on various Mondays in March. A $75 non-refundable exam fee is required before the exam is scheduled. Space is limited. Call 304 256-4615 ext. 353 for more information.

Automotive Students Shaping the Future of the Industry
Two industry giants are encouraging talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians through their sponsorship of the Ford Motor Company/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. Students begin by taking a written exam.  The top teams then participate in a hands-on competition within their respective states, diagnosing and fixing uniformly “bugged” new Ford vehicles as quickly as possible while ensuring quality workmanship. The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor is provided an expense-paid trip to the national finals in Dearborn, Michigan June 8-10, 2014.

The national finals include a written test and a practical competition, similar to the competition at the state level but with a different, new Ford vehicle. The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score of repair time and written exam scores will be the winner. Students can win scholarships, trophies, apparel, certificates, shop manuals, trips and automotive equipment. Instructors are eligible to win equipment, service publications, trophies and prestige for their schools.  The 2014 grand-prize will be an all-expense paid trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where the students and instructor will work on racecars and learn from top automotive engineers.

Students from the ACT Automotive Technology program are completing the preliminary written test this week. Stay turned for more information on their progress in this prestigious event!

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CIE Students Compete at State FEA Conference
Students in the Careers in Education class at the Academy of Careers and Technology competed in three events during the West Virginia State FEA Conference on February 11-12, 2014 at Stonewall Jackson Resort.  Airiana Mickey received 1st place in Lesson Planning and Delivery, Emily Williams received 1st place in the Storybook Creation and Presentation as author with Jacob Blevins illustrator; and Madi Vipperman, Jennifer Poole, and Khaaliq Saunders placed 2nd in a Video Public Service Announcement Competition. All first and second place winners will be competing in the 25th Annual Future Educators Association (FEA) National Conference April 10-12, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Congratulations!

LPN Entrance Exam Review Scheduled
Review classes for the entrance exam for the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at ACT are scheduled at the Raleigh County Adult Learning Center at 306 South Kanawha Street in Beckley. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, February 4 through April 10, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Preregistration is required. Call 304-256-3964 for more information.

Blood Drive Sponsored
The Therapeutic Services program hosted a blood drive at ACT on Friday, January 17 in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Forty-one pints of blood were collected.

New Community Education Schedule Posted
The new community education schedule has been posted. Check out new courses in small engine repair and stained glass, as well as some old favorites including quilting. Classes start the week of February 4, so register ASAP!

ACT's Festival of Trees
Programs dictate students' decor

Visit the ACT Tree Gallery

Do you know what your kid learned in school today? If your child was a student at the Academy of Careers and Technology, you'd get to see their work first-hand. As part of the ACT's 13th annual Festival of Trees, parents and teachers alike flocked to the school to see how students took regular items and turned them into a tree.

"The students develop a tree for their program that uses the theme of their program as the basis for a tree," Principal Charles Pack Jr. said. "The important thing is it uses the materials and skills every day that they use in the classroom or that they would use on the job someday doing these careers. read more...

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May 22 ACT Graduation
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