West Side Area Vocational Technical School
|West Side Area Vocational Technical School|
|75 Evans St. Pringle, Pennsylvania
|Type||Career and Technology Center|
|School district||Wyoming Valley West|
|Principal||Mr. Richard "Rick" Rava|
|Head of school||Mr. Thomas Viviano|
|Number of students||566|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Wyoming Valley Conference|
West Side Career and Technology Center (formerly West Side Area Vocational-Technical School) is a full-time Career and Technology Center located in Luzerne County at 75 Evans Street, Pringle, Pennsylvania. The school is home to students of Wyoming Valley West, Dallas, Northwest, Wyoming Area, and Lake-Lehman school districts in the 2008-2009 school year. The current principal is Mr. Rick Rava. The Administrative Director is Thomas Viviano, whom replaced Nancy Tkatch. Tkatch resigned during the 2013-2014 school year amid an investigation into fraudulent uses of the school credit cards.
In order to graduate, students must take at least three years of a shop class in addition to their core classes. Students can select from a wide variety of shops such as cosmetology, automotive technology, criminal enforcement, and computer technology.
Students must also complete a WSCTC Experience Project, with career and technical related job topics presented like a portfolio.
West Side Career & Technology Center offers a wide selection of fully accredited academic courses. These courses will meet all requirements for high school graduation. In addition, the school also has advanced academic courses to meet the requirement for those students who are moving on to post secondary education.
West Side CTC also has fifteen Career & Technology programs to choose from. These programs represent business and technology; skilled trades and courses that offer an advanced start to post secondary training.
The Co-operative education program offers students an opportunity to gain real world work experience while still in high school. Many local employers hire the students because of the highly skilled and highly trained employees. In some situations, the high school co-op jobs lead to well paying, full-time jobs, upon high school graduation.
- Networking & Security
- C.I.T. (Computer Information Technology)
- Auto-Body/Collision Repair
- Marketing (Distributive Education)
- Machine Technology
- Electrical Technology
- Criminal/Law Enforcement
- Health Related Technology
- Audio/Visual Communications
- Culinary Arts
The sports programs at West Side CTC were cut due to a budget shortfall.
In the past, The Wyoming Valley West School district adopted a dress code, and soon after WSCTC also adopted a similar dress code. This was due to corruption in the school board, as there is corruption over the entire geographical area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Not long after, the two representatives from Wyoming Valley West wanted more control over the WSCTC school board, as most of the students and funding comes from the WVW school district. It was said that if they did not get the control they wanted, they would pull out of WSCTC's partnership and discontinue sending their students, as well as discontinuing funding. This caused an uproar from the students and parents, because they were concerned their children would not receive the education they are entitled to by U.S. Law. A protest of students, parents, and alumni was held at a school board meeting, and soon after things did not work out in WVW's favor.
Wyoming Valley West has since decided to rejoin the JOC due to the extreme overpayment to the tech center.