A.W. Beattie Career Center open house scheduled
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 12:01 AM
A Fall Open House will be held Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the A.W. Beattie Career Center on Babcock Boulevard in McCandless.
Current and prospective students, their families, alumni and community members are invited to see the more than 20 current programs, including a new addition in Fall 2020, Surgical Sciences – Operating Room Technology, according to Shawn Annarelli, public relations and admission coordinator for A.W. Beattie.
The A.W. Beattie’s Joint Operating Committee recently approved the new program at the career center. The JOC is comprised of representatives of the nine local school districts it serves.
This will be the seventh medical program at A.W. Beattie, joining Dental Careers, Emergency Response Technology, Health and Nursing Sciences, Pharmacy, Sports Medicine and Veterinary Sciences, said Annarelli.
“The Surgical Sciences program will help bridge the gap between the increase in demand for surgical technology related skills. The field will grow by 9 percent in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor.
Flyers about the program will be at the open house.
Surgical Sciences is also the third program A.W. Beattie has launched since the Fall of 2017. Sports Medicine and Veterinary Sciences are in the third year of their existence and have a combined 101 students.
“We are happy to say that enrollment at the career center has consistently increased for several years, and more than 800 students are enrolled this fall,” Annarelli said.
A.W. Beattie operates like a normal high school. Students who attend the career center spend half of their day at their home school for core classes and the other half at their A.W. Beattie program, which counts for the elective credits required at the school district’s for graduation.
Every program provides years of hands-on experience to help prepare students to be career and college ready, said Annarelli. Students who qualify also have opportunities to start working in their field while still in school through the career center’s cooperative education and internship programs, in which students begin to work for employers and non-profits.
Beattie ambassadors, staff and current students will be present to meet guests and talk about the school and their experiences.
“This is a great opportunity for students to introduce their families to our instructors, especially if they were unable to attend our Back To School Night. It’s also a great chance to visit other programs to see everything offered at A.W. Beattie. Our programs often have numerous activities like Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts preparing food, Robotics Engineering Technology running its award-winning robot, and Cosmetology’s Fashion Show,” Annarelli said.
A.W. Beattie serves students from Hampton, Avonworth, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel Area, Northgate, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland and Shaler Area.