Altoona Area Vocational Technical School
About Altoona Area Vocational Technical School
The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center is an educational institution that trains high school students as well as adults in specific career pathways. The mission of the school is to enrich the community by encouraging the citizens to continue their educations and to grow. The school is located within the city of Altoona, which has a population of 49,523. The city developed largely around the railroad industry and it now struggles to recover from the decline of industry in general. The downtown section of Altoona contains many historic and landmark buildings such as the Mishler Theater, the Penn Alto building, the Altoona City Hall, the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and the Jaffa Mosque. Although most of the Penn State campus is outside of Altoona, a few buildings are located downtown. Altoona is also home to the minor league baseball team, the Altoona Curve.
The Career and Technology center offers a program in interior design. This program trains students to plan and design the interiors of homes and commercial buildings. Emphasis is placed on color, furniture styles and placement, measuring and estimating materials needed for a room, making floor plans, and reading blueprints. As a project, students create small scale decorated rooms.
The drafting and design program prepares students for further education at a four-year institution leading to a variety of design and engineering careers. Students learn engineering drafting, applications of mathematics, problem solving through design, manufacturing processes, architectural drawing, and professional work habits.
The multimedia/web design program offers students the opportunity to learn how to create digital media like CDs, DVDs, and websites. Students will also learn how to produce films and videos, use and develop mass communications, and writing for the media. Students also learn about photography including both the artistic elements and the technical skills. This program prepares students to continue their multimedia education at a two- or four-year institution.
The financial aid office helps students determine the best way to pay for the costs of their education at the Career and Technology Center. The office assists students with applying for federal grants and loans. All students applying for financial aid must first fill out the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).
The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Council on Occupational Education, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.