Annual Festival of Trees Scheduled
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 offered here at the Academy of Careers and Technology.

The Festival of Trees is free and open to the public on Tuesday, December 18, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on the school’s campus at 390 Stanaford Road in Beckley. Twenty-four or more trees will grace the school's lobby during this year’s event. Door prizes will be 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” tree 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, the Community Spirit Award. This year the Academy of Careers and Technology and ACT’s local SkillsUSA Chapter is teaming up with the Toys for Tots campaign. For each new unwrapped toy donated, individuals will receive a special token that can be used to vote for any tree the night of the Festival. The tree receiving the most special tokens will receive the Community Spirit award.

ACT is again hosting a virtual Festival from Tuesday, December 18, through midnight Thursday, December 20, 2018 on its Facebook page at Winner of the virtual vote will receive the Facebook Favorite award.

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

Mark your calendar now!

January 2019 Registration Has Begun

We are excited to announce that registration is underway for programs we offer that will begin a new class in January 2019. Programs we offer that we will accept new students in January 2019 are: Cosmetology (deadline to TABE test for this program is December 3, 2018 for the January class), Evening Welding, Evening Electrical Technician, and Evening Power Equipment Systems, and Truck Driving (daytime program). In February 2019 we will also begin a new Phlebotomy Technician class.

  • Cosmetology is a daytime program that runs Monday-Friday
  • Our evening Welding and Electrical Technician class is Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Phlebotomy Technician is an evening program that consists of 12 weeks in the classroom and 2 weeks in clinicals Monday-Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Our Power Equipment Systems has two classes. Class 1 will be offered Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm for two years. Class 2 will be offered Monday-Friday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm for two years. Students can take both and complete the program in one year. This program will cover two stroke, four stroke, electrical, mechanical systems, compact diesel, generator, and marine.

Truck Driving accepts new students every 3 to 4 weeks. This course will last five to six weeks in length. . This program will cover general knowledge learners permit, tanker, doubles/triples, hazmat, passenger and school bus endorsements, road and skills test, hazmat background check, and the state final exam. A D.O.T. physical is required to start this program.

Students will need to call 304-256-4615 ext. 347 to schedule their free TABE exam prior to enrolling in any of these programs. Our school does accept financial aid so fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible as well. For a January start date you will need to complete a 2018-19 FAFSA application.


12-18-18 Festival of Trees


Christmas Break

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

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road
Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350

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Academy of Careers and Technology
390 Stanaford RoadBeckley, WV 25801
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