CCTI students ready for busy February and spring


Published on January 24, 2023, 13:45.

James Logue Jr. [email protected]

On January 19, Carbon Career & Technical Institute President Jeremy Salvagio addressed the CCTI Joint Working Committee with an update.

Salvagio, a carpentry student from Palmerton, began by thanking the CCTI for the graduate shirts that all alumni received. Yearbook advisor Jamie Lynn McFarland-Johannsen took a photo of a class of high school students, all in shirts. Nate Rinda, chief technology officer, also took the photo with a drone. Both photos will be published in the yearbook.

Orders for hats and robes have been sent out. Several retirees ordered after the first deadline and are waiting for delivery.

The senior officers were selected as follows:

• Salvagio, President

• James Mills, Vice President, Jim Thorpe, Drafting and Design Technology)

• Ella Burns, Secretary, Valley of the Panthers, Cosmetology

• Alex Blasko, Treasurer, Panther Valley, Computer/Electronic Technology.

“We had a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for classes to raise money for prom decorations, a DJ and a photo booth,” Salvaggio said. “We have sold over 580 boxes. We are holding another such fundraiser in the spring.”

The CCTI prom will be held at Penn’s Peak on May 12th.

“We also donated money to CCTI senior Xavier Boston, whose family suffered a recent tragedy,” Salvagio said. “We of the class have voted to use a portion of our profits to donate to this cause.”

The senior class voted to go to Knobels on May 25 for the senior trip.

CCTI Plans CTE Month Events

February is Vocational Education Month and CCTI has many events planned for this month. The school will kick off the celebration with a Valentine’s Dance on February 2nd.

“The students were very excited about the Halloween dances and asked for another one,” said principal Michelle Allen. “We thought Valentine’s Day would be a great time. We allow them to bring guests to our school for this dance.”

Some of the other planned activities include karaoke and CTE quizzes to be held during lunch time at the school.

One of the biggest events in February will be the CTE Olympic Games. In each technical area, two or three students will compete on assignments that are usually part of another program of study.

“For example,” Allen said, “we will have welding program students come in and start twisting perm rods for the beauty department. Cosmetology students can try to make a pencil drawing out of graphic design.”

They will be judged by staff and volunteers.

Allen and Eugene Colosimo, a school counselor, visited local middle and high schools, handed out course catalogs, spoke to eighth graders, and offered them applications.

“We’re going to be bringing eighth graders to school for field trips during one of the weeks in February during CTE month,” Allen said. “Not only will they be able to visit some of the technical areas, but they will also be able to see the pride we have in our school.”

Allen expressed her impatience with the month-long celebration.

“This will be my first month of CTE here at CCTI. I’ve heard so much about the celebrations here and I can’t wait to be a part of them,” she said.

CCTI Senior Class President Jeremy Salvaggio delivers an update on Senior Class projects to the CCTI Joint Working Committee on January 19th. JAMES LOG JR/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS.

CCTI Director Michelle Allen addresses the Joint Working Committee at the monthly meeting.

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