Students Complete at WV SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference
Congratulations to all the students that competed at the WV SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV on April 11, 2015. You make us all look good!

Gold Medalists:
Katie DeLuca - Graphic Communications (secondary)
Emily Spencer - Cosmetology (postsecondary)
William Stanley - Collision Repair (postsecondary)
Brityn Stump - Architectural Drafting (secondary)

Silver Medalists:
Scarlett Farley - Job Skill Demonstration A (secondary)
Ethan Lehman - Architectural Drafting (postsecondary)
Tyler Ratliff - Masonry (secondary)

Bronze Medalists:
Brittany Bennett with Brittany Shupe (model) - Nail Tech (postsecondary)
Heather Dove with Savanna Caron (model) - Esthetics (postsecondary)
Joshua Lowe - Automotive Service Technology (postsecondary)
Selena Rash - Technical Drafting (secondary)
Bobby Shawver - Information Services Technology (postsecondary)

Surgical Technologist Program Open House
The Surgical Technologist program is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Students in the program are trained to be surgical technologists who work as part of the surgical team to ensure the operative procedure is conducted under optimal conditions. The Surgical Technologist is responsible for preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of patient care with minimal direction. The Surgical Technologist normally functions in a sterile capacity, passing instruments, equipment and supplies to the surgeon during the surgical procedure but may also perform many non-sterile duties throughout the work day. Learn more about this exciting program and view the state-of-the-art surgical lab and patient simulator, "Jack." Refreshments will be served.

Pre-Admission Testing for Practical Nursing Program
The Practical Nursing program will be pre-admissions testing Tuesdays during the month of March. If you are interesting in applying for the August 2015 class, please contact the school at 304-256-4615 to find out how to register. The cost of the test is $75.

Community Education Classes Postponed One Week
Due to continuing weather-related issues, the start dates of the spring community education classes have been pushed back one week. Classes will now start the week of March 2.

Cosmetology Open House
The Cosmetology program is hosting an open house on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Students are available to provide a variety of services including haircuts, manicures, and pedicures. View a complete list of services here. Walk-ins are welcome or call 304-256-4669 to make an appointment. Refreshments will be served. (If school is canceled due to inclement weather, the Open House will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015.)

Spring Community Education Schedule Announced
The schedule for ACT's popular community education program has been released for the Spring semester. Check out the courses, most of which are scheduled to begin in late February. New to the schedule are Beginning Canning and Introduction to CAD.

The Academy of Careers and Technology is also offering ACT Test Prep, starting in January. ACT Math Prep will meet on four consecutive Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM beginning January 6, 2015. ACT English Prep will meet on four consecutive Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM beginning January 8, 2015. The cost of each class is $40 and includes the book. Cost for both classes is $70. The next ACT test date is February 7, 2015. The registration deadline for the February test is January 9. Online registration for the ACT test is available.

Festival of Trees Winners Announced
The fourteenth annual Festival of Trees was a huge success, with more than 800 guests viewing the trees in person during the open house on December 16, 2015. Each person in attendance received a green token to vote for his favorite traditional display and a red token to vote for his or her favorite nontraditional display. A "traditional" display featured a real or artificial tree, while "nontraditional" displays highlighted trees that were constructed or manufactured. This year's winners include:

Best of Show

Traditional Tree
Therapeutic Services, First Place
Phlebotomy, Second Place
Carpentry, Third Place

Nontraditional Tree
Electrical Technology (Night), First Place
Marketing, Second Place
Diesel Equipment Technology, Third Place

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Welding, First Place
Medical Assisting (First Year), Second Place
Law & Public Safety, Third Place

Supporters attending the open house were also eligible to win a variety of door prizes at the event. Winners included:
Felicia Treadway, free Community Education class
Donna Lilly, free Community Education class
Joan Anthony, iPad Mini

Virtual Festival of Trees Voting LIVE!
ACT's Virtual Festival of Trees is now LIVE. Visit to cast your vote now through 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 18, 2015 (Facebook account required.) Come to the Open House on Tuesday, December 16, 2015 from 5 - 8 PM to view all the beautiful trees in person and vote for your favorite again!

ACT Hosts Annual Festival of Trees

Each year in December, career and technical education students and instructors design, sometimes build, and decorate a tree that represents the occupational area for which they are training. Sometimes “traditional” (live or artificial) trees are used and sometimes “nontraditional” trees are built from scratch. For example, Therapeutic Services has decorated a traditional trees with ornaments, stuffed animals, blankets, and coloring books and crayons from Walt Disney’s Frozen. All the tree items will donated after the Festival Park’s Place at Raleigh General Hospital. The Phlebotomy program’s traditional tree is embellished with vials of “blood” (not really) and hypodermic needles. Carpentry has a pair of trees covered with wooden cutouts of hammers and saws. The Masonry program has built two different trees from block and bricks. Cosmetology’s tree looks like an supersized tube of lipstick  decorated with acrylic nails.

Judges from Raleigh County schools, Concord College, and the Fayette Institute of Technology have viewed the trees and scored them for the Best of Show trophy. People attending the Open House at ACT on Tuesday evening from 5:00 – 8:00 PM will be given tokens to vote for their favorite traditional and nontraditional trees. Winners in these two categories also receive trophies. Finally, ACT is also hoisting a virtual Festival through midnight Thursday, December 18, 2015 on its Facebook page at Winner of the virtual vote will receive the Facebook Favorite award.

The Festival of Trees is free and open to the public on Tuesday, December 16, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Academy of Careers and Technology at 390 Stanaford Road in Beckley. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded.

May 25 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
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