CTC students

Kane students Elizabeth Vito, Zackary Howe, Jonathan Hutchins and Neo Smith enjoy hot chocolate after updating computers at the Oswayo Valley Senior Center.

PORT ALLEGANY — In December, students in Brent Bryant’s networking and security class at the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center will begin their college careers. In addition to their workplace and college training, networking and security students also give back to their communities.

These student met the requirements to enter the Penn College Now program and will earn three college credits for their completion of the information, technology, and society course. These credits will be increased with the addition of two other courses over the next two years. These additions will allow students to earn nine college credits — a savings of well over $4,500.

Participants include Darci Meachum (Coudersport), Daphne Daugherty (Smethport), Damien Neubert (Smethport), Chase Trask (Smethport), Sterling Langworthy (Coudersport), Zachary Persing (Smethport), Reed Powers (Coudersport), Gabriel Wargo (Coudersport), Joseph Dubeck (Smethport), Corey Williams (Cameron County, Elizabeth Vito (Kane), Raymond Batt (Otto-Eldred), Asher McDonald (Otto-Eldred), Zackary Howe (Kane), Mason Potter (Port Allegany), Cody Yohe (Otto-Eldred) and Kolby Hosterman (Port Allegany).

As for community service efforts, in November, the students organized and conducted a food drive in which all “shops” at the CTC participated. Turkeys, donated by the Port Allegany Shop ‘n Save, and food boxes were given to local families and hundreds of additional food items were donated to a local food pantry.

Throughout the year, networking and security students also journey to area senior centers to help with technology. During these “clinical” experiences, the students aid in many different tasks from helping out with document creation to setting up email accounts on cellular telephones.

For more information about the PC Now program offered at the CTC see https://www.pct.edu/k12/penn-college-now. Seneca Highlands students also earn credits for their everyday coursework as part of the S.O.A.R. program: https://www.pacollegetransfer.com/PASOAR/tabid/4498/Default.aspx