Frequently Asked Questions - Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions by prospective high school students

How does a high school student enroll at CTC?

Students attend a Lancaster County CTC career awareness presentation in the Fall and tour programs of interest in November or December. If the student is still interested, an application is submitted to the sending school coordinating counselor. They are due in January.
If students are still trying to decide if they want to attend, and/or they want their parents to check it out, the CTC holds an open house every fall. Check the website for details!

What Year Can I Attend the CTC?

Although we offer a limited number of cluster programs for junior students, the majority of our programs are for high school seniors.

What kind of student does the Career and Technology Center serve?

Any student attending one of the 16 Lancaster County public sending schools who has interest in attending (special populations included). IU13 para-educators are actively involved in the educational process at each of the three campuses.

Can I stay involved/connected to my sending school if I attend CTC?

Yes! Students can stay as actively involved in school district activities as they like. Many of our students maintain membership on school sports teams, arts activities, and keep in touch with teachers and friends at their sending school.

Is a CTC educational experience really that beneficial?

Yes, yes, yes!
• Students can earn between 3 and 13 college credits during their senior year.
• Students have the opportunity to participate in a clinical rotation/internship and some even get paid (co-op).
• Students earn a diploma from their sending school AND a certificate of completion from the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.
• Students can gain certain State and National certifications in their areas of expertise.

How are CTC students graded?

One-third is based on knowledge (theory, lecture, book work, and homework), one-third skill, and one-third work ethic.

How is the curriculum determined for the programs offered at the LCCTC?

Occupational Advisory Committees, made up of professionals from business and industry, assist in determining the curriculum delivery of each program. Based on their industry experience, the latest and most appropriate techniques and equipment are encountered by students in each program.

How will my high school credits be earned if I attend the CTC?

Every school district has different credit requirements, however, attending CTC does satisfy those credits towards graduation, usually counted as electives in junior year and as a combination of core curriculum and elective classes in senior year.

How does transportation work if I attend CTC?

School buses run morning, mid-day, and afternoon to the three campuses of the LCCTC from district sending schools. Additionally, senior students who procure parking passes can drive to and from LCCTC.

Is LCCTC only for students who are not college-bound?

Absolutely not! Career and technical education is essential for all students, providing them with a foundation of academic knowledge and essential technical skills. LCCTC’s programs introduce students to career options and assist them in making informed educational choices.

How does LCCTC prepare students for life after high school?

Students who graduate from LCCTC have multiple options. They may choose to go directly into the workforce, select a technical training program, apprenticeship, or a two or four year school that specializes in their chosen field of interest, or some combination of all of the above.

frequently asked questions by prospective higher ed students

What programs do you offer?

We offer programs in multiple areas such as Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation, and Veterinary Science.

How do I apply?

Applying is easy. You may apply online or in person with a paper application.

Is a CTC educational experience really that beneficial?

Yes, yes, yes!
• Students can earn between 3 and 13 college credits during their senior year.
• Students have the opportunity to participate in a clinical rotation/internship and some even get paid (co-op).
• Depending on the program, students earn a diploma, certificate, or Associate Degree of Specialized Technology from the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center.
Students can gain certain state and national certifications in their areas of expertise.

How are CTC students graded?

One-third is based on knowledge (theory, lecture, book work, and homework), one-third skill, and one-third work ethic.

What is the average tuition for an adult education class?

Tuitions vary based on program and length of program. The average tuition for a full-time certificate program is $9200.

Is financial aid available?

Qualification for financial aid is a very individual process. Please complete the FAFSA to see if you qualify for federal aid. Many programs are also eligible for WIOA funding. Please contact CareerLink of Lancaster County to inquire about their eligibility process.

How long will it take me to complete my training?

Short-term classes complete in a matter of weeks. Most full-time programs are completed in 9-12 months. Our Associate Degree programs complete in 15-24 months.

I thought the CTE Programs were only for high school students?

No, we have courses for high school and adult students. Our programs are not only designed for those students who want to earn a degree or certificate or who plan to transfer to a higher education, but also for lifelong learners and working professionals who want to update their skills.

How is the curriculum determined for the programs offered at the LCCTC?

Occupational Advisory Committees, made up of professionals from business and industry, assist in determining the curriculum delivery of each program. Based on their industry experience, the latest and most appropriate techniques and equipment are encountered by students in each program.