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Multiple KCSD students test well in NOCTI exams

PHOTO PROVIDED KCSD students pose for a picture with their certificates.

MILL HALL — Keystone Central is proud to announce that many of our Career & Technology Center (CTC) students have tested competent or advanced on their National Occupational Competency Test (NOCTI).

NOCTI tests are developed by teams of subject matter experts to meet industry standards and requirements and result in credentials measuring skills and competencies critical for student success outside the classroom. CTC Director, Kurt Lynch, proudly notes that NOCTI scores in the district have risen two consecutive years after a year of no testing due to Covid-19.

The NOCTI tests are given at the students’ school with individuals from local business and industry evaluating student performance. These tests provide students the opportunity to demonstrate they have acquired the technical skills needed for entry-level employment and post-secondary education.

There are two specific certificates awarded to students for successful completion of the NOCTI exam. When students have shown advanced skill in their technical programs, students receive the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate; and when students show competent skill level, students then receive a Certificate of Competency. To earn the certificate, students must achieve the advanced level on a NOCTI or other Pennsylvania Department of Education approved test. These tests consist of two parts, the first being multiple choice which covers factual knowledge, technical information, and the understanding of academic principles and problem-solving skills related to a technical field. Second is the performance test which allows students to demonstrate that they have the skills required to do a particular job.

The following students have tested competent and have earned the Certificate of Competency:

— Diversified Occupations: Conner Mason, Evan Schoonover.

— Childcare: Hannah Lucas.

— Agriculture Mechanics: Cody Jackson, Austin Parks, Evan Wells.

— Construction Trades: Damian Bilbay, Yorick Smith, Madison Toner.

— Drafting and Design: Gabriel Coakley, Alexander Eisenhower, Ryan Pentz, Brian Taylor.

— Precision Machining: Evan Orner.

— Health Occupations: Cera Jodun, Ava Bair, Logan Myers, Krystianna Boone, Autumn Winters, Rachel Glossner, Cortney Hamberger, Hailey Jarrett.

Students testing advanced and earning the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate are:

— Diversified Occupations: Marisa Barnard, Olivia Berry, Jacaycia Colpetzer, Roxanne Condo, Braiten Dershem, Kobe Dershem, Riley Kaluzny, Madison Kishbaugh, Mia Kopysciansky, Hunner Lindsey, Mya MacIntyre, Kaydance Newman, Gunner Redmond, Megan Reese, Kylee Smith, Tyler Weaver.

— Childcare: Haley Baker, Allison Clausen, Zoee Demetro, Kylie Garman, Hannah Hooven, Jada Jones, Akira Kelley, Kylie Lozensky, Abby Mumbauer.

— Agriculture Mechanics: Chase Dunlap, Ryan Hollobaugh, Colton McCloskey, Lucas Porter, Adam Russo.

— Construction Trades: Caleb Hockenberry, Mariah Kepler, Hayden Walker.

— Drafting and Design: Ethan Simmons.

— Health Occupations: Emily Bartlett.

— Cosmetology: Cadence Hensel, Sage Paulhamus, Joslyn Savage, Meghan Shinn.

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