May 1, 2020
To the Secondary Students of the Lancaster County CTC,
Plans are coming together and we expect to have details ready for the public soon regarding many issues related to the end of the school year. We still await some input from the state that will affect the End of Year dates and timeframes. We appreciate your patience regarding the End of Year plans.
Please remember that the most current information will be posted on the LCCTC website at www.lancasterctc.edu/news.
Secondary Program Updates/Reminders for May 1
Final Day of Instruction & Student Item Pickup
The Lancaster County CTC has a plan to get students back to campuses to collect belongings that were left behind and return borrowed electronics and other items in a way that is consistent with the social distancing guidelines that are currently in place. We also have a timeframe for the final day of instruction. We are awaiting approval from the Joint Operating Committee for these two issues. We will share that information as soon as we can.
Certificates and Awards
We recognize that everyone is anxious for details on what can be done for the Certificates and Awards ceremony. Our students deserve to be honored for their hard work and perseverance in challenging circumstances. However, we must act with the safety of our students, our staff, and our community in mind.
The social distancing requirements that are in place and with no word yet from the state on when and how large gatherings will be permitted, it is difficult to imagine that Certificates and Awards can be offered as it has been in the past. The LCCTC administration has developed a plan for virtual alternatives, but we still hold out hope and are awaiting input from the Department of Education and the governor.
Reminder – Student Orientation Night is cancelled due to the shutdown of public schools. LCCTC campuses are preparing to mail letters and information packets to all incoming secondary students to their home addresses. The packets will go out in early May.
Reminder – The deadline for LCCT Foundation Scholarships is May 15. Information and links for the LCCT Foundation Scholarships and Workforce Grants for High School and Adult Students can be found at the web page link below. If you are an LCCTC student and are interested in applying, go to the link below to view all of the available grants and scholarships. Apply now!
Mental Health Resources
We are seeing a rise in inquiries from students and families regarding stress, anxiety, and depression related to the pandemic and the social changes that society is experiencing because of it. The CTC has links to helpful mental health and wellbeing resources on our Covid-19 Resource webpage and on the counselors’ page on Canvas. If you feel that you need help, please reach out to your campus counselors or check out the online resources. Don’t think that you’re alone! Help is here if you need it.
Grading and Attendance
Virtual learning will take place through Canvas or Google Classroom using an asynchronous method for students to access materials and complete assignments. Synchronous instruction will occur and be recorded for those students that cannot attend and posted to Canvas in a manner that does not violate any FERPA regulations. Attendance will be confirmed through participation in discussion activities and submission of assignments through Canvas. In addition, contact through office hours and zoom conferencing will be used to verify student attendance.
Campus Updates for May 1
- Update pending
Mount Joy Campus
- Students in Mrs. Shepler’s Event Planning & Tourism Management program have been busy completing the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) Supervisor Skills Builder course and the Hospitality Manger: Leadership course. In addition, a group of her students have successfully completed the ServSave Food Handler certification course.
- Long’s Advanced Heath class surprised her with a heartfelt video to help her celebrate her birthday this week.
Willow Street Campus
- Twenty one students in Don Lingle’s Introduction to Transportation program completed their online industry-recognized certifications. This included seven students earning all three certifications offered from the Valvoline Motor Oil Company. These certifications covered the areas of oil, fluids, and chemicals. Great job to the students in Mr. Lingle’s program!
- One of Lori Hess’ Animal Production Science Technology students, Katie Brandsema, is doing great work at the Lancaster Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and knocking it out of the park with the virtual learning. Keep doing a great job Katie!
If you have any questions about your program at the LCCTC, please ask your instructor.
Thank you and be safe.