The Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation has developed several innovative education programs that enable eligible businesses to support the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) by contributing funding, materials, and /or equipment, and to receive tax credits for their support.
The Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) and state-approved Educational Improvement Organization. This status allows eligible contributors to the Foundation to receive tax credits for their donations. Four programs have been developed and have received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development:
- Advanced Construction Technology Program (ACT): The ACT Program is an innovative educational program designed to provide work-based learning opportunities for students of the LCCTC’s construction technology programs. Under this program students will learn the advanced academic and technical skills required by commercial construction companies throughout the Commonwealth. ACT funds help to purchase tools, equipment and construction materials that allow the students to design and build large state-of-the-art commercial grade buildings.
- Advanced Placement Internship Program (API): The API Program supports the placement of top performing students into paid internships designed to accelerate their transition into their first career position. Funds are used to cover the cost of student screening and placement services, training program development and work site coordination services, along with the training of work place mentors. The API model is utilized for over twenty different programs at the LCCTC that are part of the Transportation Center, Health Center, Manufacturing Center, Construction Technology Center, and Visual Communications Center. Approximately 60 companies support learning under the API program by providing these paid internships.
- Innovations in Technology Applications Program (I –TAP): The I-TAP program provides the opportunity to learn and apply advanced academic and technical skills while using advanced technology and equipment. The program helps students to meet national industry standards, certification requirements, and licensing requirements. I-TAP funds are used to purchase leading edge technology and equipment to enhance students’ learning.
- Pre-Kindergarten Tax Credit Program: The Foundation, in collaboration with the LCCTC and Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC, has constructed and now operates the Dr. Michael K. Curley Early Childhood Education Institute at the Mt. Joy Campus of the LCCTC. The overall objective of this Institute is to increase the access, availability, and quality of child care in Lancaster County. An additional objective is to train LCCTC students preparing for a career in Pre-Kindergarten education. Two programs operate within the facility, a licensed child-care center and a Head Start Program. Tax credit contributions are used to provide Pre-Kindergarten Scholarships to enable 3-5 year-old students from qualifying households to attend the Institute.
For more information on these Innovative Educational Improvement Tax Credit Programs, please contact the Foundation’s Executive Director, Anthony Gillespie, at agillespie@LCCTC.org or 717-653-3009.