Festival of Trees 2019

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 17, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on the school’s campus at 390 Stanaford Road in Beckley. Over 20 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 17, through midnight Thursday, December 19, 2019 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.

Mark your calendar now!

January 2020  Registration Has Begun

Registration is now underway for classes that begin in January 2020.  We will be accepting new students in the following programs:

Evening Welding meets Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm
Evening Electrical Technician meets Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm
Power Equipment Systems (small engine repair) meets Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm

The three above programs are two-year programs.  Classes will start for these three programs on January 6, 2020.

We also are accepting Phlebotomy Technician students which will begin in February 2020.  It is a fourteen-week program meeting Monday-Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

If you have not already heard we are in the testing phase of our new Evening Practical Nursing program that is set to start on March 2, 2020.

We also accept new students in our Truck Driving program every 5 to 6 weeks.  A D.O.T. physical and completed TABE test are required prior to enrolling.  You can obtain your CDL in 5 to 6 weeks in this program.  Our December class is full, but we will be starting another class on January 24, 2020 so reserve your spot soon.

The first step to any of the above programs is to take a free TABE (adult basic skills) Test.  You can schedule that test by calling 304-256-3964 or you can also email sdballard@k12.wv.us.  If you email make sure you include your name, program you are interested in, and a phone number they can reach you at.  There is free tutoring available for this test if needed.

We also accept financial aid so make sure you fill out a FAFSA and mark our school.  Our school code is 015748.  We also offer interest free monthly payment plans.

When you come to register for any of these programs you will need to bring.

High school diploma (original with seal or official transcript) or GED
Driver's license or state issued ID
Social Security card
Registration fee of $175.00

Call 304-256-4615 if you have any questions.  Our financial aid counselor and adult coordinator can be reached Monday-Thursday from 1 pm to 8 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.

New Evening Practical Nursing Program Set to Start March 2, 2020

We are very pleased to announce the details of our Evening Practical Nursing Program.

We are on track to start our first class on March 2nd, 2020.  It is anticipated that this class will finish by July 1st, 2021 but, could last until the end of July 2021 depending on weather during the 16 months of class.

Weekday class and clinical hours will be 5 pm to 10 pm.  Saturday’s will be 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

This program, like the day program is divided into three phases. Each phase will have a little different format:

Phase 1:  Approximately 5 months (*4 to 5 weekdays and 2 Saturdays per month)

Phase 2: Approximately 5 months (5 weekdays and 1 Saturday per month)

Phase 3: Approximately 5 months (*4 weekdays and 1 Saturday per month)

* The day off on the 4-day weekdays will rotate between Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Each student will attend 10 Saturday clinicals over the course of the 16 month program.  This means some months you may have 2, 1, or 0 Saturday clinicals.

If you are interested in this program the first step will be calling (304) 256-3964 and scheduling your TABE exam.  If you are unable to reach someone by phone to schedule this test you may also email Denise Ballard at sdballard@k12.wv.us and provide your name, phone number, and the program you are interested in and she will contact you to schedule your TABE test.

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Testing at ACT will begin December 2, 2019 for the March 2020 Evening Practical Nursing Program. Applicants must register at ACT's office before testing. Registration is open now for students who have already completed the first step which is the TABE exam.   A non-refundable $75.00 test fee is due at the time of registration. (You may pay with check or cash. Please bring the correct change as the office does not keep change.) TEAS tests are via computer at ACT. Test dates are December 2, 9, 16, 2019 and January 6, 2020. Applicants must be at the test site no later than 4:45 pm and bring a photo ID. Testing will begin promptly at 5:00 pm. Please visit ATItesting.com for more information regarding the TEAS exam. All TEAS testing will need to be completed by January 10, 2020.

Fall Community Education Classes Scheduled

We are offering two new community education opportunities this fall.

Small Engine Repair will begin on October 15, 2019. Learn the basics of lawn mower, chain saw, weed eater, leaf blower, tiller and other small engine maintenance and repair. Class will be Tuesdays from 5 pm to 10 pm for 8 weeks. Cost is $80. You can work on your own equipment during the open shop portion of the class.

ATV and UTV Repair will begin on October 17, 2019. Learn the basics of ATV, UTV, and motorcycle maintenance and repair. Class will be on Thursdays from 5 pm to 10 pm for 8 weeks. Cost is $80. You can work on your own equipment during the open shop portion of the class.

Click here to get to page with registration forms. If you have any questions call 304-256-4615.



Practical Nursing Class of 2019


Congratulations to the Practical Nursing Class of 2019. On July 26, 2019 their graduation has honored with a pinning ceremony. We are very proud of each one of you. Good luck as you enter the field of nursing!




Truck Driving Program

Due to a partnership with the WV Department of Education, ACT is able to reduce tuition for the Truck Driving program. Truck Driving accepts new students every 3 to 4 weeks. . The student will operate a variety of equipment both on our range and over the road. The cost of the 4-6 week program will now be $2,250. A D.O.T. physical is required to start this program.

The first step to apply to any of the above programs is to take a free TABE (adult basic skills) test. You can schedule that test by calling 304-256-3964. Free tutoring is available if needed. We do accept financial aid so make sure you fill out a FAFSA for this school year and mark our school on your application. We also offer monthly interest free payment plans for amounts not covered by aid.

If you have any questions please call our school at 304-256-4615.


Raleigh County Governor's Ceremony

On Monday, May 13 Raleigh County honored 32 students who had earned the Governor's Workforce Credential. Those students had met the following criteria to receive this great honor:

Academics-Obtain an A or B in the four required courses for their program
Attendance-Attain a 95% or higher senior attendance rate
Certifications-Earn 10 points of certifications for their program
Drug Screenings-Pass two drug screens at least 30 days apart
Technical Skills-Obtain an elite score on their NOCTI assessment for their program and accomplish a 95% or higher score on their portfolio

We are very proud of these students and their teachers!


Congratulations Debi Gipson Raleigh County Teacher of the Year


On Thursday April 25, 2019 our Surgical Technology teacher, Debi Gipson, was awarded the honor as the 2019 Raleigh County Teacher of the Year. We are very proud and know how hard she has worked to achieve this great honor!





ACT Competes in SkillsUSA

On March 22nd and 23rd at the State Leadership & Skills Conference ACT brought home two bronze medals, four silver medals, and four gold medals! Congratulations to all our competitors!


Aesthetics - Shyanne Boothe,
Melody Stewart- model (post-secondary)

Opening & Closing Ceremonies - Tori Allen, Tori Conway, Miah Cox, Raine Hill, Destiny McGrady, Bree Tyree, Tyjere Underwood (secondary)


Collision Repair - Nick Hall (secondary)

Commercial Baking - Haley Allen (post-secondary)

Job Skills Demonstration Open - Jordon Peters (secondary) model Dennie Kamensky

Masonry - Kevin Cheek (secondary)


Architectural Drafting - Logan Lilly (secondary)

Criminal Justice - Ronald Jennings (secondary)

Nail Care - Chandler Hall, Allison Williams - model (post-secondary)

Welding Fabrication - James Carter, James Sears, Jason Justice (post-secondary)


Click Here To See 2018-19 School Effectiveness Survey Results!



Festival of Trees

December 17th
5 pm to 8 pm
3 hour early release December 20th
Christmas Break for Students
December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020

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
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Academy of Careers and Technology
390 Stanaford RoadBeckley, WV 25801
PHONE 304-256-4615 - FAX 304-256-4674 - EMAIL info@wvact.net

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