Mon Valley Career & Technology Center (MVCTC)
MON VALLEY CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
5 Guttman Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022
Career and Technical Education
Program of Studies
Agriculture Technology (*New 2019 - 2020)
This course is an instructional program that prepares students for a career in agricultural research and production. Instruction includes basic animal, plant, and soil science. Students can also prepare to learn mechanical technology, hydroponics, soil conservation, plant cultivation, and scientific principles concerned with agriculture production and management.
This course affords students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to rebuild and refinish automotive bodies, repair and replace trim and upholstery, align frames, weld, replace glass and make estimates of repair cost. Students develop a basic understanding of the automotive body and chassis construction. They use tools of the trade and learn the maintenance and safety procedures required by the automobile industry.
This course offers the students practical instruction in the diagnosis and repair of all automotive systems and their components. It is designed to provide instruction in the theory and principles of the automobile engine, electrical circuitry, chassis, clutch, transmission, lubrication systems, electrical controls, and computerized controls. Students can train to become an automotive technician or focus upon an area of specialization such as 4-wheel alignment, electrical/electronic diagnosis, and others. The students are also afforded the opportunity to obtain the Pennsylvania Safety and Emissions Certifications prior to graduation.
This course will prepare students to interpret designs and specifications in order to build residential, commercial and industrial construction projects. Students learn to erect, install and repair structures using all types of construction material, as well as to estimate and select the specific materials needed for each project. Students learn to lay out projects using the framing square, transit and various measuring, cutting and assembling instruments. They also learn to apply interior and exterior finishes and to fit and install prefabricated cabinets, plastic laminates, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, weather-stripping, finish hardware and lock sets.
This course will cover computer repair basics and maintenance that will give students the knowledge to obtain entry level positions in the computer repair industry. With this training, students will understand the basics of computer repair and will be able to incorporate skills that they learned to troubleshoot hardware and software problems. Students will receive training in network wiring, configuration and administration. They will also learn how to design and implement local and wide area networks. After completing this three year course students will be able to take certification exams in Compita A+, Comptia Network+, and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
Construction TechnologyStudents who enter this trade learn the fundamental masonry skills needed to be proficient masons. Students are trained in blueprint reading, layout, level and plumb, estimating and the care and safety of hand and power tools. Learning is accomplished through a combination of classroom theory and actual hands-on project completion. Students learn to mix mortar, construct, repair and recycle materials. Students work on foundation layout, exterior and interior walls, floors, patios, arches, fireplaces, walks, columns and chimneys. The materials of the trade include brick, tile, glass block, stone, marble and concrete.
Students choosing this course, who successfully complete 1,250 hours of instruction in this program, are eligible to take the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Examination and become certified as licensed cosmetologists. Practical skills taught in the program include shampooing, cutting, wet setting, thermal styling, relaxing, coloring, permanent waving, manicuring, and giving facials. Included in the instruction are, management, marketing and public relations.
Culinary Arts is a course that provides practical instruction and applied theory to a broad range of skills concerning the selection, preparation and handling of foods. Skill development will center on: safety and sanitation, proper use and handling of food service tools and equipment, preparation of food, dining room service, buffet and banquet service, baking, meat cutting and basic management skills. Unlike the home economics courses offered by most high schools, the instruction and on the job training will be conducted in the school’s fully equipped, commercial kitchen and restaurant.
The electrical technology program provides instruction on the installation of all types of wiring systems including residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Students will learn to layout, assemble, install, and test electrical components in wiring systems. The course also introduces students to basic robotic engineering, security systems and programmable logic controls (PLC’s). In addition to training as a construction electrician, students will also receive competencies as a maintenance electrician, teaching them to maintain the equipment they install. Graduates are not only limited to building trade construction but they are also prepared to enter maintenance, and industrial electrical occupations. Seniors are given the opportunity to complete the first year of apprenticeship with the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Emergency Medical Services (*New 2019 - 2020)
This course prepares students for a variety of careers in the health and medical fields with instructional emphasis in emergency medical services to include patient stabilization monitoring and care, drug administration, medical terminology, law and ethics, anatomy, physiology, toxicology, mastery of preliminary diagnosis of diseases and injuries, medical triage, rescue operations, crisis scene management, and operation and maintenance. Certifications - Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Healthcare, Helicopter/Landing Zone (LZ) safety.
The Health Occupations curriculum is a cluster program designed to introduce careers in health care. The Health Occupations core instruction includes planned courses in Health Care Careers, Safety Practices, Anatomy , Legal and Ethical Issues, Communications, Medical Terminology, Growth and Development, Nutrition, Infection Control, and Health Care Skills. Graduates of this program often pursue careers in nursing as well as in the rehabilitation fields such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Students prepare and will have the opportunity to test for CPR Certification.
Students are instructed in the skills used by today’s printing industry. Multimedia Design is the skill and the art of producing printed products on paper, glass, cloth, metal, or other materials. Most printed work consists of design artwork, typesetting, camera work, plate making, printing, finishing, binding, screen printing, computer generated graphics and digital photography. Learning is accomplished through a combination of classroom theory and actual hands-on projects. Students become familiar with the most efficient and most economical state-of-the-art methods for reproducing materials. Students learn the safe and correct methods of operations and maintenance of tools and equipment.
Precision Metal Working and Welding
This is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in a variety of metalworking occupations. Instruction includes welding and cutting processes; setting up and operating machine tools (precision machining); metal fabricating, forming and cutting machines; and assembling of metal products and structures. Instruction is also provided in the use of hand and portable power tools in making computations related to work dimensions, the physical properties of materials and other related instruction and skills associated with metalworking occupations. Metals are cast, formed, shaped, molded, heat-treated, cut, twisted, pressed, fused, stamped or otherwise worked upon.