Thank you for visiting CCTI’s Special Education Web page.
At CCTI, students are provided unique learning opportunities to build their future. Students from Carbon County’s five districts (Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weatherly, Palmerton, Panther Valley), are provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to be prepared for entry level employment, as well as, opportunities to qualify for state, national, or industry certifications.
The curriculum for each technical program is based on a series of competencies, or tasks. Students work through mastering tasks essentially at their own pace, making their learning individualized. Students demonstrate their understanding by contributing, engaging and completing assignments during Theory lessons and through hands-on work in the Lab. Upon completion of these tasks, students are expected to demonstrate mastery by taking a written and hands-on end-of-program test.
Special education students are provided supports and services, in accordance with their IEP, in fully included classrooms by certified academic teachers. Please visit CCTI’s Student and Parent Handbook for our Admission Policy, Grading System, Graduation Requirements, Student Code of Conduct/Responsibilities.
Special Education Office
150 West 13th Street
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: 570-325-3682 ext. 1509
Special Education Facilitator– Mrs. Christine Trovato- email@example.com
Special Education Teachers/Case Managers:
Mrs. Jean Bales- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Scott Bartholomew- email@example.com
Mrs. Marie Bieling- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Phil Strubinger- email@example.com
Levels of Service
In 2004, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) stated that inclusion should happen in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and that all students with disabilities have the legal right to be placed in the LRE. Inclusion allows students with disabilities to receive the same education and support in the general education classroom based upon their IEP’s. Under LRE, the general education classroom is the first place to be considered for educating a student with a disability before more restrictive options are considered. For additional information regarding levels of service, please refer to the Child Find and FERPA Notice.
With this in mind, CCTI offers Itinerant level of service to students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This means special education students are provided special education services in the Inclusion setting at CCTI. Itinerant support correlates with the percentage of time each day the students spend in the regular education environment with their non-disabled peers.
At CCTI, in addition to have skilled and experienced Technical Instructors, highly trained Instructional Aides are available to support students in the academic and technical classes. Instructional Aides in the technical programs are knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in their technical area, due to having years of work experience directly related to their program.
For a list of supports and interventions to assist in meeting students’ needs, refer to the list below:
Technical Program Instructional Aides Attendance Awards & Recognition
Academic Instructional Aides Student of the Marking Period Recogn.
Co-Taught Classes (as scheduled) Stepping Up Program
Transition team Test Prep courses
Counselor meetings Career Cruising
Student conferences Attendance meetings
Conflict resolutions/restorative meetings Writing portfolios
Parent/student/Administration/Guidance meetings After school tutoring
Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT,USA Test Prep) Push-in Services
Transition surveys/Interest inventories Progress Reports
Professional Development Program Pull-out Services
Student Assistance Program (SAP) Power School Parent Portal
Call List (Calling/E-mailing home) Attendance letter
Parent/Student Resource Guide (see CCTI website) Parent/Student Meetings
Notification of Failing Grades letter
Tutorial computer programs
Outside Referrals (MD/MH, CMP, D/A, BoTkach Foundation
IEP meetings (annual, attendance, behavioral, academic concerns)
Useful Websites & Resources for Parents, Students and Educators
Act 55 of 2022 Student Enrollment Notification Form for the 2022-23 School Year
This pertains to you and your child if….
Your student was enrolled during the 2021-22 school year and turned age 21 (either during the 2021-22 school year or between the end of the 2021-22 and the beginning of the 2022-23 school year).
Dear Parent/Guardians and students,
On July 8, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 55 of 2022 into law. This Act permits the following for the 2022-23 school year:
- • A student with a disability who was enrolled during the 2021-22 school year and turned age 21 (either during the 2021-22 school year or between the end of the 2021-22 and the beginning of the 2022-23 school year) may attend a school entity during the 2022-23 school year and receive services as outlined in their most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) with all the protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
To qualify for an additional year, a student had to be enrolled in one of the following school entities in Pennsylvania during the 2021-22 school year: a school district, intermediate unit, area career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school, approved private school, or chartered school for the education of the deaf and blind.
Parents/guardians and students interested in the above option for the 2022-23 school year must submit this Act 55 of 2022 Student Enrollment Notification Form to the school entity that the student will attend in the 2022-23 school year on or before August 1, 2022. Do not submit the form to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
- 1. Complete the Act 55 of 2022 Enrollment Notification Form for the 2022-23 school year.
- 2. Contact the school entity that the student will attend during the 2022-23 school year for an email address to submit the form.
- 3. Submit the completed form to the child’s school entity on or before August 1, 2022.
- 4. Both the parent/guardian and the student must complete this form if a student with a disability was enrolled during the 2021-22 school year, turned 21 during the time periods listed above, and intends to return to school for the 2022-23 school year.
- 5. Click this link to fill out the required form and submit it to CCTI’s Special Education Facilitator at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Act 55 Student Grade Level Retainment Notification Form-fillable
Family Reference Guide – Print Version 21-22
Family Reference Guide – SPANISH – 21_22 year
Act 66 of 2021 Student Grade level Retaining Students: PDE Guidance: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/Pages/Student-Grade-Level-Retainment-(Act-66).aspx#:~:text=Act%2066%20permits%20students%20that,to%20the%20next%20grade%20level
Act 66 Retainment Form-English
Act 66 Retainment Form Spanish
Act 66 Questions? Email the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education at
PDE Resources: Updates- https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services- https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr
Special Education: The Basics (Power Point Presentation) – Special Education_The BasicsPP_training_pdf
Chapter 15 Section 504 Services- https://www.pattan.net/getmedia/fb622ac4-7091-4114-87c9-e625d441b776/TDR5_2_Chpt15_504_415
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act document) – FERPA_Notice
Procedural Safeguards Explained: PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS NOTICE
Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards – English Procedural Safeguards Spanish
Local Task Force- https://www.cliu.org/Page/951
Learning Disabilities Association of America- https://ldaamerica.org/
The Arc of Lehigh Valley (link) https://thearcatschool.org/supports/special-education-services/
Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21- www.cliu.org
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network– http://www.pattan.net/
PA Department of Education- www.pde.state.pa.us
Bureau of Special Education– http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Special%20Education/Pages/default.aspx#tab-1
US Department of Education Newsletter sign up- https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USED/subscriber/new?topic_id=USED_59
Autism Resources for Families– http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/for-families/
Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips for student with Autism– https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=601
Mental Health Services
Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health Services: http://www.cmpmhds.org/ or call the 24 hour mental health Crisis Hotline at (610) 377-0773
Victims Resource Center– www.vrcnepa.org or call Valerie Smith at 610-379-0151
Northeast Counseling Services- 610-377-9146
ReDCo Group- 610-377-8525 *Spanish speaking staff available.
Drug & Alcohol Resources
Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug & Alcohol Services– 610-377-5177
PA Treatment & Healing– 610-377-8870
Hillside Adolescent and Adult Detox Program– 1-855-878-8554
Secondary Transition Resources
LCCC SEED Information, Application, Eligibility, Scholarship- https://www.lccc.edu/student-experience/disability-services/seed-program
IU 21– https://www.cliu.org/page/397
PA Career Link- http://www.carboncareerlink.org/links.htm
College Resources for Students with Disabilities- https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
College and Trade School Admission Information, FAFSA, Scholarship/Financial Aid Websites, College Resources- Visit CCTI’s Guidance Webpage at- http://carboncti.org/students/guidance/
Estate Planning for Children with Autism- https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/estate-planning-for-parents-of-children-with-autism
The Arc: Transition Planning- https://thearcatschool.org/supports/transition-planning-for-students/
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation- www.dli.pa.gov
Contact Mara Wolfe at email@example.com
Path to the Future: Family Training and Resources– https://www.cliu.org/Page/1132
Application for a duplicate Birth Certificate – Application_for_a_Birth_Certificate
Application for a duplicate Social Security Card- Social security card application