STUDENT AND PARENT INFORMATION

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ENROLLMENT INFORMATION: Students may enroll in a one, two, or three year technical program and must have completed the ninth grade in his/her member high school.  Students must have the approval of their sending school district before entering A.W. Beattie Career Center.

Students attend A.W. Beattie Career Center for one half of the school day, in either the morning or afternoon session, and complete the other half of the day at their sending district, where they will complete their academic courses.  The morning session begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 10:15 a.m.  The afternoon session begins at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

RESIDENT REQUIREMENTS:To be eligible to attend A.W. Beattie Career Center, a student must reside in a member school district with his/her parent/guardian. All nonresident students are required to pay tuition as established by the A.W. Beattie Career Center Joint Operating Committee.

ADULT CAREER TRAINING: Through the ACT program, area adults residing in any of the 9 sending districts, may enroll in A.W Beattie Career Center to continue training or begin training to enhance their career opportunities. Contact our Guidance Counselor, Kim Zylinski, for tuition, registration and availabilty information at 412-847-1912.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have a question or concern about A.W. Beattie Career Center or any of our programs that is not rectified by this page, please contact us at info@beattietech.com.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS: A.W. Beattie Career Center will report necessary closings and delays to all major local television stations including: KDKA, WTAE and WPXI and the Career Center Website. If A.W. Beattie Career Center is closed and the sending district is not, students are expected to report to their sending district.

 

SENDING SCHOOL DISTRICTS & CONTACT INFORMATION

A.W. Beattie Career Center is proud to offer programs to students in grades 10 - 12 who reside in the following school districts:

Particpating Districts & A.W. Beattie Career Center contacts:

  • Avonworth - Contact Nicole Levis, Guidance Counselor
  • Deer Lakes- Contact Tina Pascucci, A.W. Beattie Career Center Liaison
  • Fox Chapel Area- Contact John Baxter, Guidance Counselor
  • Hampton Township- Contact Terri Koprivnikar, Guidance Counselor
  • North Allegheny- Contact Marion McCormick, NAI Counselor or Mike Hambrick, NASH Counselor
  • North Hills - Contact David Barkovich, Dean of Students
  • Northgate - Contact Brian Talbert, Middle/High School Counselors
  • Pine-Richland - Contact Dave Hoover, Guidance Counselor
  • Shaler Area - Contact Mat Anselmino, Guidance Counselor
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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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  • Q: Does attending A.W. Beattie Career Center affect my chances of getting into the college or university of my choice?
  • A: No. In fact, due to the advanced nature of our programs, many offer college credits that you can earn while you are still in high school. We have articulations with many local colleges, universities and technical schools, giving you a great head start to your future educational goals!


  • Q: If I choose to attend A.W. Beattie Career Center, will I be given a different high school diploma?
  • A: No. A.W. Beattie Career Center only takes the place of your elective credits at your sending district on your schedule. You will still be attending your high school for all of your academic courses, regardless of your academic level. There is no difference or indication on your high school diploma to show that you attended A.W. Beattie Career Center instead of staying at your sending district.


  • Q: As a student at A.W. Beattie Career Center, am I still elligible for all of the sports and activities at my school?
  • A: Absolutely! We have a lot of students every year who play sports, cheer, play an instrument in the band, or participate in any number of after-school activities at their sending district. If you are worried about getting to practice on time, we can work with your high school guidance counselor to ensure that your needs are met.


  • Q: Do I have to go straight into the work force upon graduation when I go to A.W. Beattie Career Center?
  • A: No. While A.W. Beattie Career Center will give you the basic knowledge and training to obtain an entry-level position in your field, more and more of our graduates do go on to additional training at colleges, universities and technical schools to complete their education. Like most college students today, they may even work while they are in school, using the training they've received with us to earn more money than your average minimum wage positions.


  • Q: Can I attend A.W. Beattie Career Center if I am in Advanced Program classes?
  • A: Yes! Students of all levels attend A.W. Beattie Career Center, just like at your high school. Since the programs available at our school only affect the elective credits at your sending district, you are still elligible to take whatever academic courses (math, science, english, etc) you need. If there is a program at our school that represents your personal career goals or interests, we highly encourage you to attend! Discuss your goals with your high school guidance counselor and your parents/guardians to ensure that your schedule is created to fit your educational needs as well as your personal and career interests.


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    THE LEARNING CENTER

    SERVICES: The Learning Center provides various support services to any student who attends A.W. Beattie Career Center. These services are designed to facilitate the needs of those students who may require additional support to enable them to reach their maximum potential. Beattie's on-site Learning Facilitators work with students who have a variety of learning styles and needs. Students are provided with:

  • Adapted/modified course material (where applicable)
  • Individual and/or small group instruction
  • Preparation of study guides (where applicable)
  • Performance checklists summarizing work habits and areas of concern
  • Access to computers for remediation and a variety of career & technical materials, which aid in meeting individual learning needs
  • A facilitator that is available to help the students with hands-on assignments in the classroom
  • A quiet place to take tests or study
  • Facilitators and/or assistants to discuss concerns, problems and ideas
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    Additional Information

    For additional information on programs and support offered through the Learning Center, contact A.W. Beattie Career Center Career Learning Facilitators Kathy Cleary, Nancy Loughrey, or Erin Rushe.

    NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS

    There are Non-Traditional Student in almost every program!

    PROGRAM INFORMATION/REQUIREMENTS: Non-traditional students are defined as either a female student interested in pursuing a career in a field that is generally male-dominated, or a male student interested in pursuing a career in a field that is generally female-dominated.

    As a Career & Technical Education institution, A.W. Beattie Career Center offers all of its students a variety of unique educational opportunities. One such opportunity is the “Non-Traditional” Students program. Through this program, students who are considered "Non-Traditional" are offered career and classroom support and free tools and equipment in the following programs:

     

     

     

    FEMALE STUDENTS

    Free tools and equipment are available for female students interested in pursuing the following courses:

  • Advanced Computer Programming
  • Agile Robotics/Advanced Manufacturing
  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Carpentry/Building Construction
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Emergency Response Technology
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning
  • Network Engineering Technology
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    MALE STUDENTS

    Free tools and equipment are available for male students interested in pursuing the following courses:

  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Careers
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Science Technology/Pharmacy
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    Additional Information

    For additional information on the Non-Traditional student program and the assistance and support offered, contact Sandy Niggel, Assistant Director at 412-847-1909.

     


    STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

    STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: A.W. Beattie Career Center has a number of student organizations available to enrich the student experience. These include but are not limited to: FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), SkillsUSA, FIRST Robotics, NTHS (National Technical Honor Society), and BAMP (Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh).

    Many of these organizations have fees that need to be paid in order to become a member. However, fundraising opportunities are available for students who wish to participate to pay off their dues. Please contact your program instructor for more information on the student organizations that best fit your needs and program.

     

    Tobacco Free Zone:
    A.W. Beattie Career Center campus has been designated as a Tobacco Free Zone by action of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC).

     

    Pet Walking:
    By the authority of the A.W. Beattie Career Center Joint Operating Committee (JOC), the walking of all pets on the school property is prohibited.