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

Facebook Favorite
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.

Collision Repair Added to January Schedule
Registrations are now being accepted for an adult Collision Repair program that has been added to the second semester schedule. The class will meet Monday-Thursday from 5:00 - 10:00 PM. Students will complete the program in three semesters and will graduate in May 2016. Financial aid is available.

Registration for January Classes Starts November 3
Registration for Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy, and Welding will be accepted beginning Monday, November 3 and continuing through mid-January. Application forms and information about financial aid are available at Classes begin Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Programs Accepting Applications for January Classes
The Surgical Technology and Cosmetology programs are now accepting applications for the January class. An entrance exam is required for all applicants. Testing is free and tests are administered Mondays (Surgical Tech) and Wednesdays (Cosmetology) from 9 AM to noon. Call 304-256-3964 to schedule an examination appointment. Testing must be complete by 11/01/2014.

The surgical technologist is an allied health professional responsible for various tasks pre-, intra-, and postoperatively. They maintain sterility during surgery, anticipating the surgeon's needs while remaining attentive to all aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure a safe environment for the patient. The Surgical Technologist prepares the surgical suite, obtains all equipment, instrumentation, and supplies, and assists the surgeon in all aspects of the surgery including handing instruments, retracting, suctioning, and preparing specimens. This is a hands-on career that requires the ability to multi task and take direction well. Patience, endurance, stamina, and critical thinking are all qualities that are needed, as well as honesty and moral integrity to uphold Surgical Technology standards.

Licensed cosmetologists provide a variety of personal services that help clients look and feel their best. These services primarily include the care and treatment of hair, nails and skin. The curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop their skills on both manequins and live subjects. Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business principles, product knowledge, and other topics.

ACT Student Wins National Masonry Honor
For Dakota Claypool all the hard work paid off, and it has a silver tint to it. Claypool, a recent graduate of the Academy of Careers and Technology’s masonry program, won a silver medal at the SkillsUSA national competition this past summer in Kansas City, Mo., according to Raleigh County Board of Education spokesman Dave Traube. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Claypool was among 32 other state champions competing for the top honor in the masonry competition, said Traube.

‘I was confident, but it was a little nerve-wracking working around so many other people,” said Claypool. “I was well prepared though and knew what I had to do.” Claypool and his fellow competitors had six hours to finish construction on a 50 x 15 project, using the masonry skills they had learned during their school careers. “Judges frequently stopped Claypool to make sure he was following all the rules — because they couldn’t fathom how he was keeping his project so clean,” reported Traube.

Claypool credited his success partly to ACT masonry instructor Edwin Radford. “I scored so high on the cleanliness of the project because I was so well prepared,” said Claypool. “ACT and my instructor Mr. Radford ignited a passion for masonry in me. “It helped me succeed at (the SkillsUSA) competition and is translating into real-life work experience.” After the competition Claypool was able to secure some local work and hopes to land an apprenticeship in the Beckley area in the coming months. Radford said he hopes for the same for his talented student. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m in it to win it, when it comes to competitions like this,” said Radford. “But when my students can come in and share with me how they used a learned skill to make a nice living for themselves, that’s all that matters. “There’s truly nothing better.”

Claypool is furthering his education and is now enrolled at ACT as an adult student. -- Jessica Farrish REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

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May 25 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
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