dream of educating children. She recently graduated from Calvary Academy, where she carried a straight-A average in her senior year, assisted widows with yardwork and volunteered at first-responder fundraisers. Concordia Lutheran Ministries presented a $1 million gift to the Butler County Community College Education Foundation. It will help to fund the proposed Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building on BC3’s main campus.
Online Learning Done the Right Way: CCA Prepares Your Child for Success
he online learning experts at Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) - Pennsylvania’s largest K through 12 public cyber charter school - have spent nearly two decades offering students across the state a customized, flexible learning experience coupled with a stateof-the-art career- and college-readiness focus. We know a one-size-fits-all education doesn’t work for every student and learning style. We also know there’s a quality way to offer online learning, which cannot be replicated simply by moving a brick-and-mortar curriculum to the internet. Our personalized education—available at no cost to families—allows us to work with students and families to ensure their experience suits their learning style, interests and family lifestyle. CCA provides the free use of a laptop and an internet subsidy so students can learn on their own schedule from wherever they are. That allows students to explore their passions, such as sports, the arts, an internship or helping a family member. CCA students have the option to attend virtual classroom sessions in real-time or whenever it is most convenient for them. They learn through assignments, projects, hands-on experiences, educational field trips and a robust offering of school clubs. Because we combine our custom approach with our CCAWorks initiative, Career Pathways program and college preparation services, our graduates are prepared to succeed in whatever path they choose. Our CCAWorks initiative is a schoolwide commitment to providing all students with 21stcentury skills, enabling them to discover their future careers and helping them succeed in their careers and life. As part of that initiative, this year we plan to open the TechWorks at CCA facility in Pittsburgh to provide hands-on learning in everything from information technology, computer programming and drones to STEM and robotics. It will complement AgWorks at CCA, the country’s largest public educational aquaponics facility, located at our Capital Campus in Har-
Enrichment Center of Western Pa risburg. In addition to working in a controlled environment agriculture center, students gain training and knowledge in career fields from hydroponics, plumbing and supply chain management to business, STEM, and art and design. They also can pursue college-level research through the facility’s research and development lab, tissue culture lab and genetics lab. In the future, we plan to open a MedWorks at CCA facility in southeastern Pennsylvania to expose our students to medical and health care careers. We also operate a mobile aquaponics lab and two fully equipped mobile classrooms that travel the state to offer activities from astronomy observation and art exhibits to water and soil testing and book fairs. Our K through 12 Career Pathways program helps students discover and explore careers within a field of interest. In elementary and middle school, students learn success skills and early career exploration; by high school, students choose from five pathways to gain knowledge, experience and skills for a career or continuing education. CCA also offers a variety of Advanced Placement courses and a College in the High School program. Our full-time, certified counselors help students navigate college searches, scholarships and financial aid applications. On top of that, we offer more than two dozen clubs in which students pursue their academic and career interests and more than 500 field trips a year to supplement our students’ academic pursuits. CCA knows the right way to provide an online education. Students not only have the freedom to pursue their interests and meet friends from across the state, but they’ll graduate prepared with career- and college-ready skills. We can be the perfect partner for an education customized for your child on your terms. You can enroll at any time of the year. Enroll today or learn more by visiting ccaeducate.me or calling toll-free 844-590-2864. Remember, CCA is available at no cost to families. n
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The Kushkushkee Trail Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution honored Ruth Butler for her 16 years of dedication to the American History and Christopher Columbus Essay contests. Her students at the Enrichment Center of Western PA have gone on to win at the state level seven times, and two of her students have also won at the Eastern Regional level. In addition to the Women in American History Award, two books were donated to Northland Library in her honor.
Saint Joseph High School (Natrona Heights)
Principal: Beverly K. Kaniecki (724) 224-5552 www.SaintJosephHS.com