The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School offers 32 classrooms made up of 26 unique, career programs. Other than the Academies, each program of study is based on a three-year delivery that provides students with opportunities to earn industry certifications, articulated credits, dual enrollment classes, work-based learning experiences and an end-of-program assessment.
Start your program at BAVTS in your sophomore, junior, or senior year. If you register as a sophomore, you’ll benefit from a full three-year sequence to help you meet your goals.
LEVEL 1 – THE CORE CURRICULUM PROGRAM (Exposure/Exploratory Year)
Level One begins with a rotation through four (4) shops during the first quarter at BAVTS. At the end of the first quarter they select their top choices for permanent placement in a CTE program. This year is designed to assist students in appropriate career placement and for entry level skills of a specific program area. This program is related to the work goals of quality education as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The integrated system for Workforce Education Curriculum will be used to integrate vocational education with academic skills. The CORE curriculum program is delivered through a plan of competency-based instruction and is articulated with the academic areas at Bethlehem, Northampton and Saucon Valley School Districts as well as with each job-specific lab.
Level 1 students receive a foundation in the occupational departments chosen. This curriculum provides the essential skills and knowledge that apply to an entire occupational area along with the integration of related academic and technology skills.
LEVEL 2 – CONTINUATION IN STUDENT SELECTED MAJOR (Growth/Decision Year)
Level 2 students will spend the year focusing on professional and technical skill development in the major selected. They will work with highly specialized equipment and theories that integrate related academic and technology skills.
LEVEL 3 – MASTERY OF PROGRAM MAJOR (Passion/Mastery Year)
Students will continue to refine their skills making it possible for them to be eligible to receive national certification in their field. On-the-job training through apprenticeships and co-op placements are possible opportunities for students at this level. After graduation, preparation received by Level 3 students will enable them to successfully continue on their chosen path – college or work force.