New Student Orientation: What you need to know

New Student Orientation 2017-18 blog post imageNew Student Orientation is Tuesday, Aug. 29 and we can’t wait to welcome you to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute!

Orientation transportation

New students from most Lehigh County school districts will be bused to LCTI with returning students reporting for the First Day of School.

New students from Allentown and Parkland, whose First Day of School is after Labor Day, should review information provided by their school districts for details about transportation to LCTI for New Student Orientation.

Schedules and medical cards

New student schedules, among other things, were mailed home this summer. Don’t forget to bring yours to LCTI on Tuesday!

LCTI made every effort to assign career and technical education (CTE) programs according to students’ preferences, however, this was not always possible. Keep in mind that unexpected openings in programs may allow us to adjust students’ schedules. New students with concerns about their schedules are welcome to discuss them with one of LCTI’s school counselors, but should report to their assigned CTE program until a meeting is set.

Medical card (tarjetas médica estudiantil) were among several forms mailed home to new students. Be sure to bring your completed card with you for orientation. All forms sent home should be completed and returned to LCTI within the first five days of school.

Rotations and specialties

All new students explore three CTE programs in a process known as rotations. Each rotation lasts nine to 10 days and the rotation schedule is as follows:

  • Rotation 1: Aug. 29-Sept. 12
  • Rotation 2: Sept. 13-Sept. 25
  • Rotation 3: Sept. 26-Oct. 10

On your schedule, the CTE program followed by an “11” is your first rotation, the program followed by a “22” is your second rotation and the program followed by a “33” is your third rotation. A student with the sample schedule shown below would spend their first rotation in Advertising Design/Commercial Art, move to Early Care & Education of Young Children for the second rotation and, finally, Health Occupations for the third rotation.

Sample Rotation Schedule

In early October, near the end of rotations, you’ll be asked to select a “speciality” — the CTE program that’ll be your focus for the remainder of high school. Students earn grades during rotations and it’s important to do your best in every CTE program you explore. Why? Students with good rotation grades are more likely to be assigned to their No. 1 specialty choice.

Questions? Call Student Services at 610-799-1366.

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