COAL TOWNSHIP - For what is believed to be the first time in its history, Northumberland County Career and Technology Center (NCCTC) will provide instruction to a student from a non-participating school district.

During a meeting Wednesday night, the school's operating agency approved the enrollment of a junior from Southern Columbia Area High School into the automotive technology program. The student will attend the school on a half-day basis.

James Monaghan, administrative director at the school, said the student will attend the Coal Township facility because enrollment was full in the automotive technology program at Columbia-Montour Vocational Technical School, where Southern Columbia Area students normally attend vocational classes.

Shamokin Area, Mount Carmel Area and Line Mountain are the sending school districts for NCCTC.

In other business, the operating agency granted approval to reinstitute a student council organization for the 2012-2013 school year. Electrical instructor Richard Roughton will serve as student council adviser.

The board approved changes to the school's curriculum guide to incorporate procedures for adult students enrolling in programs during the traditional school day.

Students, faculty and staff were granted permission to participate in Halloween parades in Shamokin (Oct. 24), Kulpmont (Oct. 25) and Mount Carmel (Oct. 27) to promote programs at the school. Welding instructor Michael Bradley will drive the school's 2.5-ton truck in the parades.

The Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with area school districts, was granted permission to hold its annual career symposium at the vo-tech school May 2, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m.

Students in the protective services program were granted approval to participate in the "Safe Trick or Treat Night" on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Plaza at Coal Township. Matthew Dunn, protective services instructor, and his students will assist event organizers with parking, logistics and safety procedures.

Monaghan reported the school was the recipient of a blue ribbon and $200 cash prize in the outstanding industrial arts exhibit at the Gratz Fair.