• It's Been Quite a Winter!

    Posted by Dr. Dennis J. McCarthy on 2/12/2018

    This has been a wild and crazy winter. Even though Punxatawney Phil claims there are six more weeks of winter, the Western Area geese are telling me this has to end soon! We can never predict the weather. Our goal is to make sure that all students and staff are safe and not going out into terrible inclement weather.

    Due to school cancellations, we will be having school on the following days that were originally scheduled as days off: February 16, February 19, March 29 and April 2. We have requested a waiver from the PDE, and will notify everyone immediately if it is approved. Hopefully, we will not have any more snow days to make up, or we will be adding days at the end of May.

    Graduation (May 15, 2018) will not be affected so far. We will work with all nine of our sending schools to make sure that everyone is out in a timely manner will all the requirements needed for students to graduate.

    I want to thank you for your patience. I know when we close the students have to stay home with you and that creates a problem, especially when you or your significant other has to work.

    Again, thank you for your patience. If I could control the weather, it would be sunny and 70 degrees every day of the year!


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  • Another Year Comes to a Close

    Posted by Dr. Dennis J. McCarthy on 5/19/2017

    As the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, I want to congratulate our students for an outstanding job. Through hard work and perseverance, they earned numerous industry certifications and accomplished many personal achievements. I am very proud of all our students, and wish our seniors a prosperous and fulfilling future.

    If you were unable to attend our seniors' Completers Ceremony on May 16th, you missed a great opportunity to see our students shine. A special thanks is extended to the Canon-McMillan School District for allowing us to hold our ceremony in their high school Auditorium.

    I want to wish the families, students and Instructors a safe and happy summer, and I look forward to seeing everyone back in August to start the next exciting school year.


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  • A Message to Parents and Families

    Posted by Dr. Dennis McCarthy on 10/27/2016

    The school year has started and hopefully by now the dust has settled. Making the decision to attend Western Area for some students may be a challenge. An education at Western Area Career & Technology Center allows your child the opportunity to succeed in life after graduation. Parents and guardians are important partners in the education and development of our students. We have a common goal of ensuring our students are intellectually engaged and socially adjusted. Some of our most common discussions with parents and guardians deal with what will happen to students after high school graduation. There may be bumps along the way, but rest assured, Western Area has competent and caring faculty, professionals who serve as mentors to ease the transition. We support and challenge our students as they become:

    • Responsible adults capable of making their own academic and social decisions
    • Thoughtful and responsible citizens
    • Problem-solvers
    • Lifelong learners

    In our very important partnership with you, we ask that you support Western Area by reinforcing these ideals. We know that many students will continue to count on their families for advice and encouragement during their school years, and we value and respect your relationship. Thank you in advance for encouraging your child to work with us to seek solutions to the challenges that may arise during the time your child is with us. We look forward to working with you.

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