ACT Hosts Annual Festival of Trees
Each year in December, career and technical education students and instructors at the Academy of Careers and Technology design, sometimes build, and decorate a Christmas tree that represents the occupational area for which they are training. A festive holiday tradition since 2000, the Festival of Trees highlights the occupational programs

The Festival of Trees is free and open to the public on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on the school’s campus at 390 Stanaford Road in Beckley. Twenty-four trees will grace the school's lobby during this year’s event. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded.

Representatives from other educational institutions, local businesses, community groups, and media outlets will review the trees in advance of the open house and award Best of Show to the tree that best exemplifies its occupational area.

Members of the community attending the Open House will be given tokens to vote for their favorite trees. A “traditional” trees utilizes a real or artificial tree. A “nontraditional” tree is built from unconventional materials such as wood, metal, or brick. A third, special category was introduced in 2015. For each non-perishable food item donated during the open house, individuals will receive a special token that can be used to vote for any tree. The tree receiving the most special tokens will receive the Community Spirit award. All food items will be donated to a local food bank.

ACT is again hosting a virtual Festival from Tuesday, December 13 through midnight Thursday, December 15, 2016 on its Facebook page at http://facebook.com/wvact. Winner of the virtual vote will receive the Facebook Favorite award.

All winners proudly display the "traveling" trophy for the coming year.

If you can’t wait for this year’s show, you can view last year’s trees and the results of the voting here.

Mark your calendar now!

Programs Accepting Applications for January Cohorts
The Cosmetology program is currently accepting applications from students wishing to join the class in January. Interested students must complete the TABE pretest by November 4, 2016. There is no charge for this test. Contact the school at 304-256-4615 to make an appointment to test. Interviews will follow soon after testing is complete. Students will be chosen and notified by late November. A mandatory orientation session will be held at the school on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The Surgical Technology program is also accepting new students to begin class in January. Interested students must complete the TABE pretest by November 4, 2016. Interviews will follow soon after testing is complete. Students will be chosen and notified by early December. A mandatory orientation session will be held at the school on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Applicants wishing to apply for financial aid should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. For more information, call the school at 304-256-4615.

EMT Program Announced
The Raleigh County Board of Education has approved the creation of a new Emergency Medical Technician concentration at the Academy of Careers and Technology. The program will give students the necessary skills to begin a career in the EMT field, said ACT Principal Charles Pack. Pack said the school had been looking to create the course for a while now and when an opening was found, the move was made to offer the program to high school students.

Once students complete the course, they will be able to go into the workforce and get a job at around $29,000 a year starting out. If some graduates of the program opt for more intensive work could even find a job in the EMT field in the mid-$30K range, Pack said. Regional Jan-Care officials had informed Pack that they have the potential to hire all EMT grads that go through the concentration. “We look forward to cooperating with the local emergency services with this program,” Pack said.

“This is a great career opportunity for high school students who want to move directly into the workforce,” Pack said. “They’ll even be able to continue their education while working a quality paying job.” Pack said that even once a graduate of the EMT program secures a job, opportunities exist in the field for more education that would allow them to advance their EMT careers.


Dec 13 Festival of Trees
Dec 22 First Semester Ends
Dec 23 - Jan 2 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
Jan 3 Faculty Senate Day - NO SCHOOL

The Academy of Careers and Technology is accredited by the Commision of the Council on Occupational Education:

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road
Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
770-396-3898
http://www.council.org

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