Executive DirectorGreater Altoona Career and Technology Center
Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) Executive Director Position available July 1, 2018. The GACTC seeks a new Executive Director with appropriate experience working in a progressive Career and Technical (CTE) environment serving both High School Students and Adult Learners. The Executive Director oversees all personnel of the school and assumes responsibility for planning, directing, and evaluating all state approved secondary and post-secondary programs. A valid PA Vocational Director Certificate and/or Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility is required. Master's degree in education or a related field is required; doctorate in workforce education preferred.
The application deadline for full consideration is 4:00 pm on 4/13/18, but they may be considered until a candidate is hired. The customized application found on the GACTC website must be completed as directed. EOE The Pennsylvania School Code of 1949, as amended, authorized the formation of area vocational technical schools. The Altoona Area Vocational-Technical School was founded in 1966 by agreement between the Altoona Area School District and the Bellwood-Antis School District. Thirty years later in 1996 an institutional name change took place. The school is now known as the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC). There are currently eight school districts that jointly sponsor the GACTC. The board of governance, known as the Joint Operating Committee (JOC), is comprised of twenty members representing the respective school boards of the eight sponsoring school districts.
The GACTC offers twenty-seven approved secondary programs on a half-day basis and a number of full time adult "Career in a Year"; programs. An intergenerational initiative also allows adults to enroll in secondary programs. The GACTC is ISO 9001:2008 certified along with institutional accreditation through the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools. A number of individual programs meet specific industry skill standards and hold additional certifications. VISION The GACTC strives to integrate academic and technical skill instruction for high school students and adult learners as required to achieve industry skill standards. The culture of the school fosters intrinsic motivation and rewards student initiative and teamwork. A premium is placed upon excellence in student achievement in both academic and skill-specific areas of study. Students convey a sense of ownership that reflects the dignity of work well done, thereby increasing a student's opportunity for a fulfilling life through a successful career. The school envisions a learning environment that is progressive, well maintained, and incorporates innovative technology. Teachers inspire student learning and engage in professional development to enhance teaching skills. Students and staff take pride in personal appearance and embrace the importance of a professional demeanor. The school serves as an important resource for local business and industry and is viewed as a first option for high school students and adults seeking a viable career path.