Check out the latest Student Services Newsletter. The October edition features a fall college application checklist, upcoming ACT and SAT testing dates and information about Red Ribbon Week, which runs Oct. 23-Oct. 31.
El Boletin de Servicios Estudiantiles también está disponible en español.
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute’s Student Services staff includes school counselors dedicated to helping students succeed in high school and afterward. Counselors assist students in those areas of school life not covered in their classes and cocurricular or extracurricular activities. Counselors guide students through the process of mapping out their plans for lifelong learning and the world of work.
More specifically, counselors help students in areas such as adjusting to school surroundings, coping with the realities of daily living and interpersonal relationships, selecting academic courses that complement their chosen career and technical education program, researching occupations, tracking their progress in various subjects and activities, choosing a college or postsecondary school, meeting the entrance requirements of their chosen college or postsecondary school and applying for college or postsecondary school.
Student Services staff also serve as a resource for prospective students and counselors at LCTI’s sending school districts and oversee LCTI’s special education programs.
Resources for current students
Skyward Family Access is a Web-based information and communication center designed to provide parents and guardians with an answer to the question, “What did you do at school today?” In order to access Skyward, visit skyward.lcti.org and enter your username and password. Usernames and passwords are included in welcome packets mailed to students’ homes each August.
Parents, guardians and students can use Skyward to view the following information:
- Assignments, grades and report cards
- Class schedules, attendance records and discipline referrals
- Health records and emergency contact information
- Calendars and school messages
Parents and guardians can use Skyward to accomplish the following tasks:
- Print report cards and other materials
- Report a student absent
- Update contact information
- Communicate with teachers, counselors and other school personnel
Need a username/password reset? Complete this form or call Student Services at 610-799-1366.
The Student/Parent Handbook is your guide to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. It includes the student code of conduct, the student attendance policy, an explanation of the grading system and lots of other useful information about LCTI.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) identifies students experiencing problems that create barriers to learning, and helps to connect referred students to supportive services. The SAP Team is comprised of school staff specially trained to serve on the team, and liaisons from local community agencies. The team can support students experiencing such issues as:
- Stressful situations and life pressures
- Poor communication skills, self-image, or coping skills
- Death, loss, and grief concerns
- Divorce, separation, and family issues
- Peer issues/bullying/relationship concerns
- Alcohol, drug abuse, or experimentation
- Risk-taking behaviors
- Depression or other mental health concerns
The Student Assistance Program is designed to help students and parents by making in-school and community resources more available to students and to help facilitate connection to those resources.
Communities In Schools
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute works with the Communities In Schools (CIS) of the Lehigh Valley to provide support services during the school day to students experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or social difficulties that may post barriers to school success. CIS of the Lehigh Valley is an affiliate of the national CIS network, the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization.
The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is partnered with LCTI to provide support services during the school day to meet academic and non-academic needs, such as attendance and/or transitional support, social/emotional support, behavioral intervention, etc.
Communities In Schools Coordinator: Susan Badu • 610-799-1365 • email@example.com
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute works with the Center for Humanistic Change to support our students through an innovative mentoring program called Project SUCCESS. The program goals are to help students improve school performance and behaviors, provide supportive services, and to help guard against the pressure of substance abuse or other risky behavior during the teen years.
To accomplish these goals, students have the opportunity to participate on a regular basis in small groups and/or individual meetings with an experienced adult mentor to learn coping skills, identify strategies for school success, and identify and resist social or situational pressures. Through these group and individual sessions, students develop a mentoring relationship with a caring adult who can motivate them to achieve personal and academic goals.
Project Success Coordinator: Chelsea Aston • 610-799-1356 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Special education staffers coordinate with Lehigh Career & Technical Institute’s nine sending school districts — Allentown, Catasauqua Area, East Penn, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Parkland, Salisbury Township, Southern Lehigh and Whitehall-Coplay — to ensure that students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) are on file with Student Services.
The supervisor of special education oversees LCTI’s Service Occupations Cluster (SOC). SOC programs are designed to help students transition from basic, entry-level skill development to more advanced technical training that will lead them directly to the workforce. Typically, these programs are well suited for students who learn best in small-group settings and require intense reading and math support to master skill competencies. Prior to enrollment, students undergo skills screenings to determine their readiness and interests. Results from the screenings are then provided to students’ IEP teams.
The Service Occupations Cluster programs include:
- Building Trades Maintenance • Instructor: John Wynn • email@example.com
- Food Services • Instructor: Sharon Maletsky • firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hospitality Services • Instructor: Alyssia Wechsler • email@example.com
- Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance • Instructor: Jeff Doll • firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supply Chain Management & Logistics Technology • Instructor: John Shaner • email@example.com
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students are eligible for college scholarships varying in value from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Offered by a variety of local, state and national business and organizations, many of the scholarships are awarded based on merit and need. In some cases, the scholarships target students who plan to pursue careers in specific fields. Others are contest-based scholarships.
Learn more about scholarship opportunities for LCTI students, as well as financial aid and other useful college planning tools.
Resources for prospective students
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Contact your school counselor and tell them you’d like to attend Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. Your counselor can supply you with an application or you can click here to download an application.
2. Check out LCTI’s programs and choose six that interest you.
3. Complete the application — don’t forget to get a parent or guardian’s signature — then give it to your counselor and, voila! You’re ready to attend LCTI.
- More questions? Call Student Services at 610-799-1366 or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Who can attend LCTI?
Ninth- through 12th-grade students who live in the Allentown, Catasauqua Area, East Penn, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Parkland, Salisbury Township, Southern Lehigh and Whitehall-Coplay school districts are welcome to attend LCTI.
Zero, zip, zilch. As with all public high schools, students attend LCTI at no cost. It’s supported by Lehigh County’s nine school districts. Some LCTI programs may require students to purchase safety equipment, specialized clothing or other supplies.
More questions? Call Student Services at 610-799-1366 or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Can I visit LCTI before enrolling?
Of course! Every year, Lehigh County’s eighth- and ninth-graders visit and tour LCTI’s career and technical education labs, as well as its Academic Center. The visitation schedule varies, depending on a student’s school.
Held over two weeks each summer, Camp LCTI is an opportunity for students in grades five through eight to visit LCTI and explore its labs. Community members of all ages are welcomed in the fall to LCTI’s open house, typically held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving.
Individual visits may be arranged, too. Please call Martha Figueroa to schedule a tour. She can be reached at 610-799-1367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More questions? Call Student Services at 610-799-1366 or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
What are my scheduling options at LCTI?
LCTI offers three scheduling options for students: Half day, full day and flex.
- Half day: Half day is the only scheduling option available to freshmen and the most common choice across all grades. Students focus on career and technical education during a morning or afternoon session at LCTI and on academics at their sending high school for the remainder of the day.
- Full day: Sophomores, juniors and seniors may opt to spend a full day at LCTI. Instead of going to their sending school for academics after a morning or afternoon of CTE, these students head to LCTI’s Academic Center.
- Flex day: Time-strapped students may be eligible for flex scheduling, a customized option that varies depending on a pupil’s academic course load and sending school.
Non-Discrimination Statement: Lehigh Career & Technical Institute has a policy not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to LCTI’s Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator for students at 4500 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville PA, 18078 or 610-799-1357 or LCTI’s Compliance Officer for personnel at 610-799-1385.