NOVEMBER 2018: Christopher Ward, senior Computer and Office Technology student took the initiative to reorganize all of the network cables in the Computer & Office Technology and Commercial Arts program labs.  Chris took on this huge responsibility because he knew that the computer lab cables were a trip hazard, looked unprofessional, and slowed down network operations.  Chris is a leader and problem solver, who knew he could get the job done.

As you will see from the before and after photos, it is evident that the wiring needed attention.  As you can imagine, it also took someone with knowledge, skill, determination, and patience. Chris exhibits all of these positive traits and many more.  

Chris did similar work over the summer at Union High School, Neshannock High School, Pro Tech Security, and Northship IT.  Additionally, Chris has a passion for helping his community.  He has been a volunteer firefighter for Neshannock Township for the past year and a half. Also, Chris and another COT senior, Jaden Locke, volunteered to help as IT support at the Healthcare Career Fair at the Cathedral.

In the COT program at LCCTC, Chris earned several industry certifications.  He recently earned the TestOut Network Pro Certification, where he scored in the top 40% nationally.  The TestOut Network Pro certification tests a person’s ability to work as an entry-level IT network professional.  Students gain the knowledge and skills they need to install, configure, and maintain a network for a small business.  Some other certifications that Chris earned include: TestOut PC Pro, Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2016, Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2016 and the Internet and Computing Core GS5. Chris is currently working on earning the TestOut Client Pro Certification.

Chris received acceptance to Pittsburgh Technical College, in the Information Technology program.  He will begin his post-secondary education and training in the fall of 2019. We wish Chris the best in his career pursuits and thank him for organizing the COT & CA network wiring.

NOVEMBER 2018: Hard work is often always rewarded.  With most activities, in order to achieve success, it takes drive and dedication to the task at hand, and Mrs. Pasterik is someone who has never backed down from a challenge!

Recently, Mrs. Pasterik received recognition for being an adviser of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)!

While this award from NTHS is significant, it is the love from her students that is most impressive.

Mrs. Pasterik was a founding member of the Chapter here at the LCCTC. As the rigor of the school adjusted, she has been instrumental in raising expectations  Today, the Lawrence County Chapter of NTHS looks for students with a GPA 3.5 or higher, outstanding attendance, and great vocational and academic attitude.

When asked how long she wants to continue to inspire and lead the students in NTSH, she replies with a smile, “I’m hoping to continue as the adviser until I retire, and I’m not quite ready to do that.”  This truly demonstrates her commitment to encouraging academic, vocational, and personal success -- a commitment that has truly raised the bar for hundreds graduates and current students throughout the year!

Mrs. Pasterik says, “My advice to all students is work hard and to strive for that goal. If you make NTHS, that’s a feather in your cap, but if you don’t, that’s okay -- you are doing things that will make you your very best self in the end, and for that we are still proud of you!”  

An extremely hard-working teacher who is always willing to help the student body at the LCCTC, Mrs. Pasterik is an incredible educator.  We can be confident that Mrs. Pasterik will continue to work hard and make sure that the students she inspires on a day-to-day basis become the amazing students she know we can be! Congratulations on the recognition of your service to the National Technical Honor Society. Tonight, we recognize you for the Pride and Promise Award.

OCTOBER 2018: Jason Ealy Jr. is a goal-setter and a doer.  Jason is the sort of student who, if he makes a commitment -- be it to his family, his school, or his country -- you can count on that task to be done and done well.

Jason is the sort of son who would make any father proud.   Jason takes the good in all he sees and replicates it in his personal life.  It is easy for his family to be proud of his academic and vocational accomplishments, but even more than striving to make them proud, he takes pride in all he does so that when he looks back, he can be assured that he gave it his best effort.  Having watched his father since Jason was old enough to hold a wrench, like a sponge, he soaked up all he could from this man who has always been there for him, encouraging him to follow his ambitions. Just as this knowledge has been passed on to Jason, he is not afraid to pass on this knowledge to others; Jason often returned to the shop to aid younger students as they learned the craft.  This enabled him to further master his trade. Ever since he could remember, he has always wanted to work as an Auto-Technician, and from this biography, you’ll see that he is doing just that.

Last year, Jason set a few goals:  One was to win at the SkillsUSA District 10 competition in Automotive Service Technology under the direction of  his Auto Tech Instructor, Mr. John Goebel; he brought home the gold which enabled him to compete with the best of the best in Pennsylvania.  Also during his junior year, he set a goal to be able to go out on to Co-Op at the start of the year. This meant that he needed to pass all of his Keystone Tests in his junior year.  When he received notice that he met that goal, he immediately set his sights on full-time co-op. He’s been working at Noga Ambulance as a mechanic since the first day he could go out.  

Another goal he set was to serve our country.  This summer, while others basked by the pool or partied with their “besties,” Jason successfully completed 9 weeks and 4 days of boot camp in the Delayed Enlistment Program with the Army Reserves.  This next tid-bit isn’t a surprise: When Jason graduates in June, he will continue his specialized training as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91 Bravo). He will primarily be responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and recovery operations on wheeled vehicles and associated items, as well as heavy-wheeled vehicles and select armored vehicles.  After his training, he will continue his studies at Ohio Technical College and serve our country in the United States Armed Forces with the 91 Bravos.

SEPTEMBER 2018: Bradley Windhorst, math and science teacher at LCCTC is September’s Pride and Promise Awardee. A SRU graduate with his Master’s Degree in 2015, he began his career at LCCTC as a Kelly Substitute. In addition to working with the Ellwood City Wolverines as a statistician and Web Designer, he serves as LCCTC’s Web Master — revamping our current website ensuring that it remains user-friendly. He is the adviser for the Culture Club and Media Club; he is also an active member of both the CPE and Google Teams

Adam Finamore, 12th grade COT student is worthy of special recognition. He has accomplished something in the COT program that no other LCCTC COT student to date has achieved.  The extremely conscientious high achiever obtained 15 out of 17 Industry certifications that we offer in our COT program. He scored in the top ten percent nationally with his scores on the TestOut PC Pro Certification and Testout Security Pro Certification.  He achieved the Microsoft Master Certification.  Adam has a goal to obtain at least one more certification before he graduates in June.  He also was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh main campus for Business and Computer Science.

Carlee Stoner, 12th grade COT student, obtained 11out of the 17 Industry certifications that we offer in our COT program.   She achieved the Microsoft Master Certification.  Carlee also won first place in the Technical Computer Applications Skills USA District 10 competition. She is competing in the Skills USA State Competition in Hershey.   She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and Peer Leadership.  Carlee was also accepted to the University of Pittsburgh main campus and will study pre-law or library science.