Lycoming Career and Technology Center (Lyco CTC) in Hughesville offers career and technical education to five local school districts.
Students from East Lycoming, Loyalsock, Montoursville, Muncy and Warrior Run spend two hours a day at Lyco CTC in one of eight different classes, which include automotive, culinary arts, health careers, criminal justice, drafting and design, construction, computer technology and early childhood education.
Students can start attending Lyco CTC in their sophomore year and complete the program as a senior. One of the options for students in their third year at Lyco CTC is to be placed in a co-op position. These positions give the students experience working in their field of studies before they graduate high school.
Students receive class credit for their work experience. Here are some of the opportunities Lyco CTC's co-op students are achieving.
William Buck is a senior at Warrior Run High School and is in the construction program.
He is employed by Riverwoods Care Services, Lewisburg, as a maintenance technician.
Buck plans on attending Triangle Tech for an electrical certification.
He is the son of William and Linda Buck.
Rebecca Cromley, a senior at Warrior Run High School, is enrolled in the early childhood education program.
Through the program she received co-op placement at Turbotville Elementary School.
She helps teach the children and assist the teachers in implementing their lesson plans.
"Lyco CTC has provided me with very good learning experiences and helped to expand my skills with hands on opportunities because of co-op. I think that future students should take advantage of this chance," Cromley said.
She plans on attending Bloomsburg University and majoring in early childhood education.
She is the daughter of Chad and Angela Cromley, Turbotville.
Ashleigh Sheets, a senior at Warrior Run High School, is in the early childhood education program and is an intern at Turbotville Elementary School.
She educates the children and assists teachers when needed and enjoys being with the children.
Sheets plans to attend Bloomsburg University and major in early childhood education.
Sheets is the daughter of Jennifer and Michael Sheets of Watsontown.
Erik Springer is a senior at Muncy High School, and is enrolled in the drafting and design program.
Through the co-op option he started working at LeClerc Foods in Montgomery where his duties include designing new parts, revising old machinery, working on revising the plant drawing and helping the maintenance department with identifying machinery.
He is planning on attending Gannon University in Erie and majoring in mechanical engineering.
"Doing this co-op has helped me see the real world applications of my program of study and has helped me get an advantage over other students when I go to college," Springer said.
He is the son of Angela and Jonathan Baker.
Brittany Walburn, a senior at Warrior Run High School is enrolled in her third year of the early childhood education program and works at the Turbotville Elementary School in a kindergarten setting as her co-op.
Some of the job duties include helping teachers with their lessons, monitoring children at recess and working one-on-one with the kindergarteners.
Walburn plans to attend college and become a successful kindergarten teacher.
Walburn said, "Participating in Lyco CTC or co-op is a great experience, and you would be missing out if you didn't think about enrolling in it. There should be more programs like this!"
She is the daughter of Tim and Lucinda Walburn.
Travis Walters, a Warrior Run senior in his third year in the construction technology program.
Walters is part of the co-op program at Lyco CTC working at Bently and Collins in Montoursville where he builds cabinets.
He plans to go to Fortis College in Centerville, Ohio, where he will major in HVAC.
He is the son of Don and Jody Walters.
Shane Brown, a senior at Hughesville High School, is enrolled in the automotive program.
Through this program, he received a co-op job placement at Hulsizer Chevrolet in Montgomery. As a technician, he works on vehicles that customers bring in for repairs.
He is planning on going to college after high school and then find a job in his field of study.
"Anyone who is the least bit interested in any of the programs offered at Lyco CTC should join. This program will help me a lot during college and in my future career," said Brown.
He is the son of Randy and Debbie Brown of Unityville.
Kala Darling, a senior at Montoursville Area High School, is enrolled in the diversified occupation program.
She is employed by Eck's Garage Inc. in Muncy and works as a diesel mechanic in the shop.
Darling plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology for Business Management.
"Lyco CTC is excellent for anyone to jumpstart their careers. Lyco helps students prepare for the working world," Darling said.
She is the daughter of Kevin Darling.
Nathan Hans, a senior at Hughesville High School, is enrolled in the computer service technology program and works at a co-op job placement at MergTech Inc. on Main Street in Hughesville.
He inventories items, takes pictures of the items and posts them into auctions on eBay.
Hans plans to attend college and study information technology.
"The experience I got from the program will help me during college and eventually my career," said Hans. He is the son of Pete Hans and Shonny Miller of Hughesville.
Toriann Jolin, a senior at Montoursville Area High School, is in the early childhood education program.
She works at Ashkar Elementary, Hughesville.
She and her job placement employer, Tamara Gottschall, teach a kindergarten class together. She assists in preparing and teaching the lessons.
"Lyco CTC has given me the opportunity to find myself and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. Because of Lyco CTC, I have explored many career opportunities. I'm really glad I made the choice to join the program," Jolin said.
Jolin plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in nursing and pursuing a job as a dialysis nurse or a pediatric nurse.
Jolin is the daughter of Cory and Sueann Jolin of Montoursville.
Brent Maxwell, a senior at Montoursville Area High School, is enrolled in the automotive program.
He is working at Blaise Alexander Chevrolet in Montoursville, where he changes oil, diagnosis small problems, changes and balances tires and assists the licensed technicians with more complex jobs.
He hopes to enter the automotive repair workforce full-time, after graduation.
"I feel that Lyco CTC is a great program. I have recommended this to many of the younger kids at school," Maxwell said. "I am glad I have gone through the program. I have learned a lot from co-op. I love walking into the shop everyday and working on cars."
Maxwell is the son of Donielle and James Ashton, Montoursville.
Nate Miller, a senior at Montoursville Area High School, is enrolled in the drafting and design program. Through this program he received a co-op job placement at Bassler-Williamsport Pattern Works in Montoursville.
Miller is a member of the 3D design part of Bassler's designing molds and products to be turned into prototypes for inventors and other companies.
"Joining this program was a big help to me by teaching me the skills I needed to be able to make 3D solid designs. I strongly encourage students with interests in any of the programs to join," he said.
Miller plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in machine tool technology. He is the son of Phil and Robin Miller, Montoursville.
Adam Rose is in the computer service technology program and an intern at Young Industries Inc., Muncy, where he works in the information technology department.
He helps users with issues that arise with their computers. Adam narrows down the cause of an issue and proposes a solution. He believes that this job will help him with his future plans to major in a computer science degree.
Rose believes Lyco CTC is a great program, and the co-op program allows students to gain an understanding of being a part of the work force.
Rose is the son of Kim and Tammy Rose
Clyde Thompson is a senior at Hughesville High School, and in the automotive program.
He works for Blaise Alexander, Montoursville, doing oil changes, tire rotation and 21 point inspections.
After graduation Thompson plans to attend college in the automotive field and eventually operate his own garage.
He recommends Lyco CTC to high school students interested in getting a jump start into a career and having fun doing it.
He is the son of Clyde and Donna Thompson, Hughesville.
Jacob Wagner, a senior at Hughesville High School, is enrolled in the automotive technology program.
Through the program, he received a job in the co-op program at Whipples Auto Restoration, Hughesville, where he has learned to do collision and restoration work on motor vehicles.
He plans to attend Penn College for the collision program.
"Lyco CTC has given me the opportunity to go out and receive training in my future job field," Wagner said. "It is an excellent program. I totally recommend the program to future students of Lyco CTC!"
Wagner is the son of Jesse and Anita Wagner of Muncy,
Tracy Walburn, a senior at Hughesville High School, is enrolled in the early childhood education program.
Through the program, she received a co-op placement at Ashkar Elementary School as a teacher's assistant.
Walburn teaches students how to write their numbers and other duties the teacher assigns.
Walburn wants to be a preschool teacher and plans to attend Bloomsburg University. Walburn is the daughter of Roger and Teresa Walburn.