Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School
|Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School|
|Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School|
|3300 Chester Ave
Lehigh Valley, PA
Bethlehem, PA, Northampton County, 18020
|School type||Career & Technical School|
|School board||Joint Operating Committee|
|School district||Bethlehem Area School District|
|Principal||Dr. Irene Gavin|
|Vice principal||Michael Galler|
|Chief custodian||Paul Lum|
|Grades||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Number of students||1,268|
|Average class size||20|
|Hours in school day||8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.|
|School colour(s)||Blue and White|
|Slogan||Education is everybody's business|
|Mascot||Blue Jackets BAVTSBee.gif|
|Feeder schools||Liberty High School, Freedom High School, Northampton Area High School, Saucon Valley HS, Bethlehem Catholic HS, Nazareth HS, Bangor HS, Notre Dame HS, Gateway School|
The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School is a career & technical school located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, in the United States. It was officially started in 1965 when the Bethlehem Area School District, Northampton Area School District, Saucon Valley School District and Bethlehem Area Catholic High School combined forces to form one vocational-technical school for its students to attend.
The beginning of vocational education in the Bethlehem area began way before 1965, when in 1918 a Vocational Shop Program was started and located on East Fourth Street where the South Side Boy's Club is housed. From 1919 to 1934 a program named the Trade School was housed on Fourth Street at the Excelsior Building.
There was also a Vocational Industrial Department located in Liberty High School from 1922 to 1934. In 1934 that same school housed seventh to twelfth grades; consequently, the Industrial Department was moved to Broughal and Excelsior. Between the years of 1934-1940 academic grades from ninth to twelfth were housed at Broughal along with drafting, cabinetmaking, pattern and printing shops while carpentry, electrical, electronics and machining were housed at the Excelsior.
Bethlehem Technical High School was located at the Quinn Building for ninth to twelfth grades. It had 18 classrooms and 10 shops. The school even had its own graduation. In January 1956, vocational education was housed in the new annex building of Liberty High School, as a department. From 1956 to 1964 vocational education came under the supervision of the Liberty High School principal. Finally in 1965 it was finally called the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School. It did not have its own building until 1970 when the new BAVTS school was built adjacent to Freedom High School for $3,000,000 in Bethlehem Township.
Currently BAVTS has 27 career & technical programs.
- Electrical Construction
- Heating Ventilation & Air-Conditioning
- Commercial Art
- Fashion Industries
- Graphic Communications
- Video & Media Arts
- Web Design & Animation
- Culinary Arts
- Culinary Arts & Event Planning
- Medical & Health Careers
- Academy of Medical Sciences
- Health Careers/Nurse Aide
- Auto Collision
- Auto Technician
- Welding Technologies
- Protective Services
- Electro-Mechanical Technologies
- Academy of Engineering
- Manufacturing Processes
- Nail Technician
- Precision Machining
Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School offers several options for club involvement. All students are members of SkillsUSA. Other clubs are affiliated with certain programs like National FFA Organization or the Future Farmers of America which is associated with the floriculture class. Health Occupation Students of America is associated with the medical programs. Other clubs also include the National Technical Honor Society and MT6, the entrepreneurial club.
BAVTS began a scholarship program in 2001 by the Bridges Foundation. The Bridges Foundation was founded by Walter J. Dealtry and BAVTS administration to raise funds for career and technical student scholarships. BAVTS Bridges Foundation scholarship funds are available for qualified BAVTS high school seniors. Qualifying students will have their tuition waived for Continuing Education courses that offer advanced training and certification.
BAVTS' adult education department is the second-largest adult vocational-technical school in Pennsylvania as measured by the number of students completing courses. As a non-profit entity, the Continuing Education Department also shares teaching space and some essential core administrative services with Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School - a very cost effective relationship.