Friday, August 19, 2022

Air Quality Upgrades on CCTC Campuses

Dear Collins Career Technical Center families and faculty,

A new school year is upon us, and I look forward to starting a new school year filled with endless opportunities for growth, academic success, and memorable experiences. I am pleased to remind you, our valued school community, of our recent investment to support the health and well-being of everyone who enters our buildings. Last year, our school district installed state-of-the-art air purification units in common areas throughout our facilities, including classrooms, offices, and more.

Our partnership is with Protect|ED, a trusted medical-grade device company that provides NanoStrike™ units that disinfect our air, beyond the capabilities of HVAC filters that simply capture pathogens. Instead, NanoStrike™ destroys them at the cellular level.

Our children and team deserve to breathe clean air. Over the course of a K-12 education, a child will spend more than 15,000 hours at school. Even when cleaned to high standards, classrooms, cafeterias, labs, and offices can contain chemical and biological contaminants.

We knew we could do better. With the realities of the ongoing pandemic, school districts like ours are turning their attention to air quality – an area that has largely been overlooked and underfunded in school buildings for decades. The time was right for us to make this critical change; thankfully, federal funds were available to help. 

The well-being of our school community has always been our top priority, and our students deserve to learn in a place where their health is nurtured alongside their intellectual growth, social engagement, and emotional well-being. Likewise, supporting our faculty and staff is equally important to ensure we best support our students – keeping everyone engaged and learning in the classroom. Our valued partnership with Protect|ED helps us live out this commitment.

Additionally, we know from Harvard University researchers that clean air sharpens cognitive ability, improving test scores and helping students focus.

This air purification option stood out to our leadership for several reasons. First, NanoStrike™ is supported by science and embraced by the medical community. It is used by respected institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic because of its efficient inactivation technology. Clinical studies have shown how Nanostrike™ can reduce certain viruses and pathogens by up to 99.9 percent. It goes far beyond COVID-19, defending against typical school germs such as influenza, noroviruses, strep, cold viruses, allergens, and more. The slim and lightweight devices are extremely quiet and will not disrupt our learning environment.

We look forward to seeing the benefits of this decision unfold in the coming year in our students' health, wellness, and academic experiences.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Have a Great Year!

Adam M. Pittis, Superintendent

Collins Career Technical Center

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Collins Sees Major Growth in High School Enrollment

Collins Career Technical Center (CCTC) has seen a thirty-five percent increase in high school enrollment over the past three years as more families nationally see career technical education (CTE) as a real alternative to a traditional high school experience. Nearly seven hundred juniors and seniors from Lawrence County’s seven local school districts are enrolled in one of CCTCs twenty-six career technical programs of study.

Students at CCTC
This steady growth resulted in the birth of a new construction academy at CCTC. There are now six academies: Construction, Health, Services, Technology, and Trades. These academies are smaller learning communities containing similar programs that share the same core group of academic teachers and intervention staff. This structure makes it easier for a science teacher to teach sound waves as part of an audio engineering lesson or a math teacher to teach geometry as part of framing a wall.

When asked about the growth, CCTC Superintendent Adam Pittis said, “people have caught on that career tech education has something to offer students on any career path. We still have students who go to work in the trades, but we also have students who are seeing success in college.” Rihannon Carter completed the Graphic Design program in 2019 and is wrapping up a double major with honors in Graphic Design and Music at the University of Notre Dame. Skylar Hayes earned his Practical Nursing license in 2022 and is moving on to study pre-med at Marshall University this fall.

Success in college isn’t the only benefit of career technical education; statistically, these students earn more money faster. According to data from the United States Department of Education, students who participated in career technical education saw higher wages in eight years than those who did not attend CTE courses.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Connecting Appalachia Speedtest and Rural Broadband Survey

Help Bring Better Broadband to our School District

State and federal agencies are getting ready to spend billions on rural broadband. This could be a game changer for families in our district who have slow or no internet access right now. We need to make sure those agencies understand just how widespread the need is.
To increase the chances of an upgrade, we need everyone to complete the steps below:
  1. Run a speed test: The State of Ohio is using Speedtest by Ookla® to identify locations that need better broadband. Run a free speed test on your home wi-fi or from wherever your children normally access the internet.
  2. Complete a rural broadband survey: Decision makers need to understand just how important broadband is to students and their families. Complete this 5 minute survey to share your experience with broadband in your neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides:
  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who is Eligible?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Check out for a Consumer FAQ and other program resources.

Three Ways to Apply

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742

Call 833-511-0311 or find more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit at

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Virtual Learning

Many of our students, their families, as well as several of our staff members have been without power, water, or internet access for several days. Participating in virtual learning is understandably at the bottom of your priority list. Our intent this week has been to offer some level of instruction to those students who can participate and providing support to those who cannot once we return to school to avoid any adjustments to this year’s academic calendar. The recent ice storm is yet another challenge that requires a new level of flexibility for students and staff. We know that patience is in short supply and appreciate your perseverance this year. Our priority is always to provide learning opportunities for students whenever we can with the understanding that their health and safety come first. Participate in your coursework if you can, if you can’t then we’ll work with you when we return. We’re in this together!