TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents 1
CCCTC Mission Statement 3
Non-Discrimination Policy 3
Professional Advisory Committee 4
Joint Operating Committee 4
Policies and Procedures
Cell Phones 7
Copyright Infringement ____________________________________ 7
Dismissal from the Career Center 8
Dress Guide ______________________________________________ 8
Drugs and Alcohol 10
Emergency Drills 10
First-Aid Service 10
Food and Beverage 11
Grievance Procedure 11
Personal Belongings and Electronic Devices 13
Refund Policy 13
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TABLE OF CONTENTS CONTINUED….
School Closings 15
Stealing and Property Damage 15
Student Purchases 15
Student Responsibilities 15
Tuition Policy 16
Work Experience 16
ADDITIONAL POLICIES FOR VETERAN FUNDED STUDENTS ONLY
Class Cuts 17
Credit for Previous Education and Training 17
Leave of Absence 17
Make-up Work 17
Refunds (Non-accredited programs only) 17
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Welcome to the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center’s Adult Education program.
Our goal as outlined in the mission statement is to provide quality instruction to each of the
students enrolled in a program of study. We hope that you enjoy your time and educational
experience while attending this facility. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss any
questions or concerns which may arise.
Mr. William Weaver Mrs. Jenna Witherite
Assistant Director Adult Education Coordinator
The mission of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center is to provide quality career-
technical education programs and services that prepare youth and adults for success in the
workplace, postsecondary, and community, now and in the future.
*The Clearfield County Career and Technology Center will not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, or handicap in its admissions procedures, educational programs and activities, or
employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.For information regarding civil
rights or grievance procedures, contact Lois A. Richards, Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator,
at 1620 River Road Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830. (Phone 814-765-5308) For information regarding
services, activities, programs, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons,
contact Lois A. Richards, Executive Director, at 1620 River Road, Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830.
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PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Clearfield Area School District Mr. Thomas Otto
Curwensville Area School District Mr. Norman Hatten
Harmony Area School District Dr. Jill Dillon
Moshannon Valley School District Mrs. Tonya DeVecchis-Kerr
Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District Dr. Stephen Benson
West Branch Area School District Mr. Michael Panek
JOINT OPERATING COMMITTEE
Clearfield Area School District Mr. Philip Carr
Curwensville Area School District Mr. Jeff Shaffer
Harmony Area School District Mr. Jason Sunderland
Moshannon Valley School District Mr. Rodney Kitko
Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District Mr. Bob Selfridge
West Branch Area School District Mr. Larry Allen, Chairperson
JOC Secretary Mrs. Robin Dusch
Superintendent of Record 2012 Mr. Michael Panek
Executive Director Mrs. Lois A. Richards
Assistant Director Mr. William Weaver
Adult Education Coordinator Mrs. Jenna Witherite
Business Manager Mrs. Kathie Pearcy
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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Since admission requirements vary from program to program, please contact the Adult Education
office for specific procedures and individual program handbooks. Prior to admission, all fulltime,
daytime adult learners are required to complete an application and obtain their Child Abuse
Clearance and their Criminal History Report. If the adult has lived outside the state of
Pennsylvania within the past two years, they will also be required to obtain their FBI Fingerprint
Clearance. It is also a requirement that all fulltime adults provide proof of their high school
diploma or GED, if applying for financial aid. NOTE: All paperwork is due PRIOR to the start
of the school year unless prior approval is granted from the Adult Education Department.
Fulltime, Daytime Students: Regular attendance is a very important part of success in
school and on the job. Your attendance record is a major consideration if and when the Career
Center makes recommendations to area employers. Probation and dismissal and/or loss of credit
due to poor attendance is determined as follows for fulltime, daytime adults:
Four consecutive unexcused absences, or
If total absences reach or exceed 5 percent of total class time. (This
includes medical excuses and self written excuses)
Excessive tardy and/or early dismissals
An adult student placed on probation can be dismissed and/or lose credit if any additional day(s)
are missed without administrative approval. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with
the school administration when extraordinary circumstances affect attendance. The school
reserves the right to require medical excuses, to extend these parameters, to reschedule the
student, to dismiss the adult, or grant the adult temporary leave at Administrative discretion.
Note: Adults are permitted to write their own personal excuse, however, an adult can only write
9 and beyond that, a medical excuse is required. Excuses for absenteeism are required within
three days or it results in a zero (0) for the day.
If a fulltime adult learner is tardy, dismisses early, and/or is absent, they must report to
the Adult Education Department as well as inform your instructor. Adults coming in late or
leaving early are also required to sign out in the front office.
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Adults enrolled in a fulltime, daytime course who are receiving PELL grants and/or
Federal Direct Loans should refer to the Financial Aid Handbook as well. The Adult Education
Attendance Policy must be followed in order to continue to receive Financial Aid.
Cosmetology Students: Adults enrolled in the fulltime, daytime course must follow the
Attendance Policy of the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. (One day of make up work
is granted for each day missed. ie) If a student misses two (2) days, they have two days to make
up their work.)
Short term, Evening Courses: To earn a certificate of completion, the following
guidelines have been set in order for certificates to be obtained. Below is the maximum number
of hours a student can miss and still obtain a certificate of completion for an evening course. This
total number of hours missed may include tardiness, leaving the class (nightly) early or
absenteeism. It is at the discretion of the instructor if they count tardiness and unexcused early
1 hour can be missed for a 6 hour course
1.5 can be missed for an 8 hour course
2 hours can be missed for a 9 hour course
2.5 hours can be missed for a 10-14 hour course
3 hours can be missed for a 15-18 hour course
3.5 hours can be missed for a 19-21 hour course
4 hours can be missed for a 22-25 hour course
6 hours can be missed for a 45 hour course
In order to maintain a safe and productive educational environment, students are required to
conduct themselves in a responsible manner. Disruptive or unsafe behavior, foul language,
horseplay, violations of school regulations, actions which are disrespectful, infringe upon the
right of others or are detrimental to the school, teachers, or students can result in dismissal.
Cosmetology Students: Refusal to complete assignments or clinical work will result in
zero (0) hours for that day.
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During instructional time, all students and instructors are expected to have their cell phones
turned off and not in use.
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or
more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright
Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute
a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a
copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) includes provisions that are designed to
reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted material through peer-to-peer (P2P)
file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:
- institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to
“effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
- Institutions make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal
distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties
and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal
distribution of copyrighted materials.
- Institutions publicize alternatives to illegal file sharing.
Fulltime, Daytime Programs: To earn a certificate the student must have at least a 70%
average upon program completion. If a student has an incomplete grade, he/she will not receive
a certificate of completion.
Cosmetology Students: To earn a certificate of completion the student must have at
least a 75% average at all times. Refer to the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Rules
Short term, Evening Courses: To earn a certificate of completion, evening adults will
be granted one as long as they abide by the attendance policy.
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DISMISSAL FROM THE CAREER CENTER
If a student is dismissed from a program, the student will be given the opportunity to attend an
informal hearing and may appeal for a formal hearing before the Joint Operating Committee. If a
student is funded through an agency, such as WIA, TRA, OVR, etc., their counselor will be
informed as well. If a student is convicted of a crime while attending the CCCTC, he or she is
required to inform the Adult Education Department immediately. At that point, the Adult
Education Coordinator and Executive Director will review the offense and determine the
discipline if necessary.
This dress code is prepared under the provisions of Act 46 of 1998, which authorizes schools to
adopt dress or uniform policies. Personal pride is best reflected in one’s personal appearance.
Cleanliness, neatness, and appropriate dress together do more to positively influence others in
the workplace than many other personal traits. It is the responsibility of every student at
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center to be neat, clean, and well groomed. Students
have the right to choose clothing based upon one’s sense of taste and style providing that the
Is not destructive to school property
Complies with all safety and health codes and rules
Does not interfere with the educational process
Does not disrupt the normal educational process
Specific provisions of the dress code at Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
Students may not wear hats, caps, headbands, hoods, scarves or other head coverings in
the hallways and public areas. Hats may only be worn in the program areas with the
approval of the teacher.
There shall be no clothing, pins, or buttons worn depicting the following: (a) alcohol,
drugs, or tobacco messages, (b) sexually implicit messages, (c) insignias related to racist
gangs or hate groups, (d) violence, or (e) the degradation of any individual or group.
There shall be no chains worn other than those designated and approved as jewelry.
The following shall not be worn: tank tops, see-through mesh tops, biker shorts, spandex,
and muscle shirts. Sleeveless tops are permitted as long as they do not have spaghetti
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straps or reveal any undergarments. Shirts and blouses must reach the waistband of the
slacks or jeans. Shirts, blouses, jeans, or slacks that compromise modesty are not
No undergarments (including sports bras) may be exposed at any time. Specifically,
pants and slacks shall be worn with the belt line at the waist.
Students may be required to wear certain types of protective clothing or a smock, blazer,
coverall, or other uniform in a selected style and color. It is each student’s responsibility
to regularly clean his or her uniform garment and replace it as necessary. No additional
ornamentation, patches, buttons, etc. are to be added to the uniform. Students will not be
permitted to decorate the uniform with paint, markers, pens, or draw on the uniform in
Footwear shall be appropriate to the occupations of each program as determined by the
Any article of clothing or jewelry, including body piercing apparel or jewelry, determined
by the school to constitute a safety concern or hazard shall be prohibited. Extreme styles
of clothing, accessories, hair, or fingernails may be considered a safety hazard.
Individual program instructors or Administration will determine what constitutes a safety
hazard in their area.
Skirts and shorts that are halfway between an individual’s mid-thigh and tops of the
knees are permitted.
Hair color that is altered must be of a natural hair color. In cases of questionable hair
color, the administration reserves the right to make final decisions on appropriateness of
all hair color. This rule applies to Cosmetology Adult students as well.
Students are not permitted to wear clothing that is excessively large or overtly oversized
or clothing with any hanging straps. The administration shall reserve the right to
determine if clothing is excessively oversized to a point that may constitute a physical or
safety hazard to the wearer or the overall school community.
Clothing that is ripped, torn, or ragged is not allowed.
In cases of questionable dress, the administration reserves the right to make final
decisions on appropriateness of all dress.
In cases where administration deems student dress is inappropriate for school, students
will have two (2) options: (1) student will be asked to leave and return in appropriate
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clothing. Hours missed for leaving will need to be made up with approval from the
instructor; (2) wear t-shirts and/or sweatpants supplied by administration.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Students using, selling, distributing or possessing marijuana, narcotics, unauthorized drugs,
controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic/malt beverage, or mood altering substances
shall be reported to the police and dismissed from the Career Center. If an adult student is also
enrolled in the Truck Driver Training, CDL course and fails the Department of Transportation
mandatory drug screening, the school has the right to dismiss the adult learner from the
intergenerational program that he or she is also enrolled in. For safety purposes, if a student
appears to under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is at the discretion of the school whether or
not the local police should be called in to investigate.
Any students receiving Financial Aid will lose their Financial Aid when convicted of a drug
The siren sound is the signal for immediate evacuation of the building. Exit along the pre-
assigned route moving at least 150 feet away from the building without blocking any access
road. Instructors will post and review procedures with students. Students are to exit the building
in an orderly manner according to the maps and directions which are posted in every program
area beside the exit door. If action is necessary because of a severe storm, follow the procedure
outlined for your program. The severe storm/tornado warning will be announced on the PA
system. Fire alarms are installed for the welfare and safety of students, teachers, administrators
and all occupants of the building. Anyone who would jeopardize the safety and well being of
others by unnecessarily tampering with fire alarms will face dismissal from the Career Center.
All injuries, regardless of how minor they seem, must be reported immediately to the instructor
who will take the necessary steps to help the student receive proper care. There is no school
nurse or medical personnel at the Career Center. In an emergency, an ambulance will be called.
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FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Food and beverages are not permitted in class, program, or lab areas. These are restricted to
consumption in the lobby, outside, and in the multi-purpose room. Soda vending machines are
located in the hallway off the ramp leading to the back of the building.
The following percentage grade scale is used:
95-100 Excellent (A)
85-94 Good (B)
77-84 Average (C)
70-76 Below Average/Unsatisfactory (D)
Below 70 Failure (F)
Cosmetology Students: Cosmetology Students must follow the state regulations through
the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology.
A grievance may be initiated by a student who has a serious complaint regarding the policies,
procedures, or activities of the educational program. A grievance may only be initiated by the
student(s) directly involved. The first step in the grievance procedure is to discuss the problem
with the person(s) involved. If the matter is not resolved at Step 1, the student(s) can discuss the
problem with the program instructor. If the student(s) feels the issue was not resolved at Step 2,
the student(s) can pursue the matter by submitting the grievance in writing to the Administration
of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center. Administration will review the issue,
may meet with the concerned parties, and will make a written reply to the individual(s) involved
within ten (10) scheduled school days. If the individual(s) feels the preceding steps have not
resolved the grievance, the student(s) may submit the grievance in writing to the Joint Operating
Committee of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center for review. Every attempt
will be made to render a decision by the second regularly scheduled Joint Operating Committee
meeting following receipt of the grievance. The Joint Operating Committee will review the
issue, may meet with the concerned parties, and will issue a written decision to the individual(s)
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involved. The decision of the Joint Operating Committee shall be final. NOTE: To be
considered under this grievance procedure, the issue must meet both of the following criteria:
1. Must be first reported or discussed with the instructor within ten (10) days of its
2. Must be relevant to the educational process and of such a nature as to jeopardize or
The school will not tolerate the harassment of staff, students, or others in any manner. All forms
of harassment are hereby prohibited and considered unlawful harassment. Unlawful harassment
is a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
Pennsylvania Human relations Act, the Code of Conduct for Education, 22 PA Code §235.11
and Student Rights and Responsibilities, 22 PA Code § 12.1, et. seq. The term unlawful
harassment includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, or other verbal, graphic, or physical
conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, age, or
disability. All students have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with
this policy, thereby avoiding conduct that constitutes unlawful harassment. Violators are subject
to legal charges, suspension, and dismissal. A copy of this policy is available in the
A formal hearing will be provided in all dismissal proceedings or at a student’s request. The
opportunity for informal hearings or conferences will be provided in all suspension proceedings
or anytime at student’s request.
All daytime students should park in the side parking lot and are required to obtain a parking pass
from the front office. The parking pass must be visible on the dashboard at all times. Do not
park where prohibited by sign or by yellow curbing. Do not park behind the building. In
addition, students must be aware that automobiles parked on the school premises or in the school
parking lot are subject to search when officials have reason to believe weapons, drugs, or objects
prohibited by school policy or state law are contained therein.
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PERSONAL BELONGINGS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The Career Center is not responsible for students’ personal belongings, which are lost, stolen or
damaged. Personal items that are not relevant to the educational process such as radios and
inappropriate printed materials should not be brought to the Career Center. Students are not
permitted to bring into the Career Center any type of computer disk, CD ROM, or thumb drive
for use in the school’s computer systems.
Under law, students have rights regarding privacy and the confidentiality of student records. The
Career Center has developed a student records policy, which defines student records and details
how records are used and maintained while protecting the rights of students. A complete copy of
the Career Center’s record policy is available, upon request, free of charge.
REFUND POLICY FOR AGENCY FUNDED STUDENTS AND SELF-PAYERS
(Excluding Veterans see page 13)
Potential refunds are only issued if a student is dismissed or withdrawals form a program.
Fulltime, daytime students, who are self-payers, will be eligible for two refunds of only 75% or
50%. If a student drops before three-fourths of the total class hours are delivered, a 75% refund
of total cost will be given. If a student drops after one-fourth of the class is taught, but before
half the class hours are delivered, a 50% refund will be given. There will be no refunds after half
the class hours have been delivered. Written notice of withdrawal by the student must be
received to be eligible for all refunds.
If a Fulltime adult student is accepting financial aid, please refer to the Financial Aid
Short-term, evening students will receive one refund in the full amount if they cancel their
enrollment reservation PRIOR to the first night of class. After the first evening of class, there
will be no refunds given.
This section applies to both Part-time and Fulltime Adult Students
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Refunds will be made to the student, lender, or funding agency only upon approval by the Joint
Operating Committee. If any adult student owes for materials, supplies, books, etc, that amount
will be deducted from the refund. If the amount owed exceeds the refund amount, the adult
student will be billed for the amount owed. There is no refund if an adult student is dismissed or
dropped from a program by the school or by his/her funding agency for any reasons including,
but not limited to, poor attendance, academic deficiencies, disciplinary action, or violation of
school policy. If a student is funded by an agency (see tuition policy) the agency is responsible
for student tuition up to and including the date when the school receives written notice of
withdrawal from the student or agency.
Our goal is to make everyone safety conscious while in school and when ready to enter into the
world of work. In 1965 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved Act 116, which provides
that all individuals who are engaged in, or exposed to, hazardous laboratory activities will use
eye protective devices. Thus, all students and instructors working in such areas will comply with
this act. All clothing must meet state and school safety standards. Where hair length is a health,
sanitary, or safety hazard around machines and equipment, a hair net, protective cap, or safety
helmet will be required. Uniforms, hard-hats, coveralls and protective or safety shoes are also
required in certain program areas. The instructors will strictly enforce all safety regulations and
uniform requirements. For your own safety and for the safety of others, follow all safety
precautions. Repeated violations can result in dismissal.
The Clearfield County Career and Technology Center is an Equal Opportunity School dedicated
to a policy of non-discrimination. Scheduling is based on the availability of openings without
regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, or national origin. You have enrolled in an elective
program based on your needs and interests. We hope you are satisfied with your choice and take
full advantage of this training.
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When the Career Center is closed due to weather conditions or emergencies, announcements will
be made over local radio stations. These stations include WTAJ-TV10, WJAC-TV6, WOKW
(102.9 FM), Q102 (102.1 FM), Froggy 98, WCPA (1620 AM), WPHB, as well as
www.gantdaily.com. Students may also call the Career Center at 765-5308 to obtain information
on class closings.
STEALING AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Students stealing, willfully damaging, or defacing the property of the Career Center or of others
will be required to make restitution, will be prosecuted, and will be dismissed. Students who
damage or destroy property by accident will be required to make restitution.
Students must provide their own uniforms or proper attire for their respective program area.
Please check with your instructor on the first day of class. Students are required to pay for
materials, books, supplies or projects, which they take from the Career Center or which are
defaced, damaged, or lost.
These include, but are not limited to, regular school attendance, conscientious effort, evidence of
success and progress, conformance to school rules, and completion of program requirements.
Students may be suspended or dismissed from a program for any reason including, but not
limited to, poor attendance, academic deficiency, disciplinary action, or violation of Career
Center policy. The funding agency, if any, will be notified and the student may have an informal
hearing with administration relative to a suspension. A formal hearing will be available in cases
involving possible dismissals and extended suspensions. The funding agency, if any, will be
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Students are not permitted to use the phone in the program or class area except for emergency
911 calls. To retrieve the 911 emergency service, first dial 9 to get an outside line, and then dial
Our “no tobacco in any form” policy is in compliance with Act 145 of 1996 as amended Feb. 3,
1997. “Tobacco” is defined as any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other lighted
smoking product and smokeless tobacco in any form. Smoking and/or the use of or possession
of tobacco products/lighting devices, or look-alike tobacco products will not be permitted on
school grounds or during school activities. Violations will result in dismissal from school and a
fine, plus court costs as determined by the local magistrate.
Tuition and fees for adult programs at the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center are
established by the Joint Operating Committee. All tuition costs, including daytime and evening,
must be paid in full unless prior approval from the Adult Education Department. For full-time
programs, semester tuition balance MUST be paid in full within 60 calendar days from the
start of the semester. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. In addition,
CCCTC reserves the right to pursue legal action through the District Magistrate. NOTE: Self
Payer- If semester tuition is overpaid the overpayment will be applied toward the following
semester. Once the money is credited toward the semester, it cannot be refunded back to the
student at a later date.
To learn about possible work-based learning opportunities, contact the Cooperative Education
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ADDITIONAL POLICIES ONLY FOR STUDENTS FUNDED AS VETERANS
Class cuts are not permitted and shall be recorded as absences.
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Appropriate credit is given for comparable previous education and training and the training
period will be shortened accordingly.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
A "leave of absence" is granted only to "veteran" students who wish to temporarily interrupt their
training for personal reasons. A request for leave must be made in advance in writing or time
away from school will be considered an absence. The Veterans Administration will be notified
immediately when a veteran student is granted a leave of absence.
Make-up work is not permitted for the purposes of receiving Veterans Administration Training
REFUNDS (Veterans Only in Non-Accredited Programs)
In the event a veteran or person eligible for veteran's benefits fails to enter the program, or
withdraws, or is discontinued there from at any time prior to completion, the amount charged to
the veteran/eligible person for tuition, fees, and other charges for a portion of the program shall
not exceed the approximate pro-rata portion of the total charges for tuition, fees, and other
charges that the length of the completed portion of the program bears to its total length.
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