Class of 2023: Carpentry senior wins top LCTI award

Noah Ford on stage at LCTI Senior Recognition Night 2023

Congratulations schoolwide award winner Noah Ford!

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | The Outstanding Career & Technical Education Senior Award is Lehigh Career & Technical Institute’s most prestigious accolade. Students selected to receive it are the best of the best at LCTI.

One of this year’s two Outstanding Career & Technical Education Senior Award winners is Noah Ford. Ford, 18, is a home school student in the Carpentry program. Director of Career & Technical Education Darin Van Norman honored Noah on Wednesday (May 31, 2023) at PPL Center during the school’s Class of 2023 Senior Recognition Night.

Noah’s teacher, James Geist, describes the Lower Macungie Township resident as an incredibly organized and responsible young man with a work ethic that’s second to none.

That work ethic helped him develop excellent technical skills wich led to a third-place finish in 2022 and a first-place finish in 2023 at the SkillsUSA District 11 Championships. It also helped him succeed at Jerdon Construction, where a summer 2022 internship morphed into a co-op position this fall and spring.

In his four years as a Carpentry student, his teacher says Noah has emerged as a leader in the classroom. He sets the standard for his peers and serves as a mentor for younger students still honing the skills he’s mastered.

Noah secured an internship with a residential construction company for the summer. He plans to begin studying construction management at Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall. Noah earned an associate degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College in May, so he’s got a head start. That’s right — Noah isn’t quite done with high school, but he’s already got a college degree under his belt.

Mr. Geist said, “with all he’s accomplished, it’s hard to believe he’s only in high school. I truly believe that whatever Noah decides to do in the construction field and in life he will be successful.”

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