MCAST faculty participate in conference

LEWISTOWN–Thursday evening, the operating committee of the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology gathered at the Academy for their monthly meeting, where Administrative Director Daniel Potutschnig reported on MCAST’s part in the Integrated Learning Conference.

The conference, titled “Integrated learning: School-To-Career Connection,” was held in State College Nov. 2-4.

Fourteen instructors and three administrators from MCAST were part of the 600 conferees in attendance at the 25th annual conference conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education.

Potutschnig said Penn State instructor Maria Border, who helped start the Nursing Aid program at MCAST, spoke with Academy instructors in the spring to look into the topic of formative assessment and doing a presentation at the conference.

Border and several Academy instructors worked together and were able to present to a large crowd.

“It’s good anytime we can get our instructors work collaboratively on a topic,” Potutschnig said. “But then to go and present it brings it to a whole different level.”

Potutschnig then moved on to the topic of building and grounds reporting that annex bids are out. A pre-bid meeting will take place Nov. 21 with bids due Dec. 1.

Paint booth bids will be coming in Nov. 15.

“We do have a couple things that are out that will be coming back in for pricing,” Potutschnig said.

Potutschnig then recognized the Construction Club for their role in the Mifflin County Library’s Putting for Pages event held Friday, Nov. 4.

Electrical instructor Steve Hogle and students Nathan Jones, Dakota Fultz, Isaac Stuck and Zachary Guertin aided the library in

setting up for the event.

The administrative director report was finished up with acknowledging that 25 Academy students toured Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, in Lancaster.

“Always encouraging anytime we can get students out and about whether it’s Penn College or Thaddeus Stevens or any of the other various ones that they can get to.” Potutschnig said “It’s one thing to talk about college and what the campus is like and how it operates. It’s another thing to visit the college and take tours and get a vision of what it’s like to attend college.”

During the meeting the committee approved:

¯ The hire of Tonna Underhill as a full time practical nursing instructor with a start date of Dec. 6, 2016;

¯Request to allocate $750 toward advertising of Spring Adult Education courses;

¯Recommend approval of the part-time Clinical Job description;

¯Recommend approval of creating a part-time Clinical position in the practical nursing program;

¯Recommend approval of the Practical Nursing policy and procedure manual;

¯Recommend retroactive approval for 12 instructors and three administrators to attend Integrated Learning Conference in State College on Nov. 3 at a total registration cost of $1,650. Costs paid through the 2016-17 Perkins Grant;

¯Request for Mrs. Baker, two chaperones and up to 39 students to participate on a field trip to Penn College on Dec. 1 at a transportation cost not to exceed $385;

¯Request for Mr. Boyd and up to 25 students to attend a field trip to South Hills School of Business and Technology, which includes both the State College and Lewistown campuses on Nov. 15. South Hills to reimburse The Academy up to $250 toward the transportation costs;

¯Request for Ben Glover to participate in a Pennsylvania Department of Education Post-Secondary Education audit of Lebanon County CTC on Nov. 14-16. Associated costs

to be paid by PDE.

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