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Laura Hicks 

lhicks@hcctc.org

(814) 643-0951 ext 1016

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As the Adult Education Coordinator, I have the privilege of getting to work with our amazing teaching staff, local business professionals, as students from all our programs such as Primetime, Practical Nursing, Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, & CDL.

I also serve the HCCTC as the

  • Adult Recruitment Officer
  • Financial Aide Administrator
  • NHA Chief Administrator and Proctor
  • HiSet Chief Administrator and Proctor
  • Health Science Team Leader
  • Nurse Aide Program Coordinator

I work in our local community with businesses and organizations to enhance the economic growth and impact for both Huntingdon County and the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center. I participate in the following committees:

  • Huntingdon County Business & Industry – Business Development Committee, Board of Directors Community Representative
  • Huntingdon Chamber of Commerce – Education Committee Chairman – Youth Leadership Program Coordinator
  • Huntingdon County CareerLink Huntingdon County – Business Service Team Member

Working together with these local businesses and agencies, We are able to provide greater opportunities for our school and students like:

In house skills training

  • Huntingdon County CareerLink – Grant sponsored programs like Breaking Taboo, Business and Bytes, Career Readiness and pre apprenticeship orientations.

Job fairs, business tours, and classroom presentations

  • First Quality – Lewistown, Pa
  • Huntingdon Electric Motor – Huntingdon, PA
  • First Energy Corp.
  • Delgrosso’s
  • Price Motor Sales - Cassville, PA
  • Brumbaugh Lumber – Shirleysburg, PA

Currently our Health Science programs also operate cooperating Agency Agreements with

  • Penn Highlands Huntingdon
  • Aristacare at Woodland Park
  • Aristacare at Huntingdon Hills Park
  • Westminster Woods
  • Broad Top Medical Center
  • Fulton County Medical Center
  • Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corporation
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • UPMC
  • Epworth Manor

 

How did I get here? 

From the time I was little I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I was accepted to Penn State University nursing program my junior year of high school. I was all set, so I never looked at anything else. Fast forward to Fall 1999 at Penn State Altoona, I LOVED Anatomy and Physiology, Dissections, Clinical rotations . . . What I hated . . . just how concrete you had to be for testing. 1 scenario, 4 answers. One sounded right, two sounded better, then there was the right one. ARGH. If a patient was peeing orange, why did it HAVE to be the meds not the fact that they ate a 10 lb bag of carrots in the preceding days J My Mind worked in the grey area, not in black and white. So I switched my major and graduated in one of the first classes to graduate from Penn State Altoona with a 4 year degree in Human Development and Family studies - Community Serve option with emphasis on Adolescent Development.

I completed my internship with Employment & Training Inc in Huntingdon County. I was operating youth programs (Remember WIOA, WIA, JTPA). I Graduated in December 2002 and was offered a full time job with them to start in January 2003. I loved the interaction with the local businesses and agencies. What I loved the most was working with the youth and the local schools. I knew quickly my passion was in teaching and leading groups. After almost 13 years with Employment & Training and the CareerLink (and marrying into a family of educators) I decided to make a leap into a position that would give me the best of both worlds. The Adult Education Coordinators position allows me to continue with students, businesses, making a difference in Huntingdon County, and my love of teaching.

 

 

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