January Newsletter

A proud past with a bright future!

Thank you JOC Members - Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Director Recognition Month

Pennsylvania School Board recognized January as School Director Recognition Month In honor of school boards’ commitment to our students, schools, and communities.


Our school directors are faithful public servants!. Each month, they devote countless hours to board businesses’ challenging and complex responsibilities, including voting on budgets, adopting policy, and conducting comprehensive planning with no monetary pay.


Our nine Joint Operating Committee Members play a vital part in our school’s administrative team, making informed decisions that lead public schools and provide opportunities for every student to succeed. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive and visionary board.

UBCTS is Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-23 School Year - Don't Miss Out!

UBCTS is now accepting online applications for the 2022-23 school year via our website https://ubtech.org or apply directly using this link.. Since many programs fill quickly, students should complete their applications by February 12th.

ACTE National Fellowship

I am very excited to begin my ACTE National Fellowship for experienced professionals after a year hiatus due to Covid. The program focuses on leadership development, policy, and professional development and puts me in contact with best practices throughout the country.

Upper Bucks Chamber Visits Upper Bucks County Technical School

We were proud to host the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, linking education with workforce development and community service.

New Exercise Science & Sports Technology Program at UBCTS

Did you hear about the new Exercise Science & Sports Technology program at UBCTS? Click here for more information or apply directly using this link. We will hold an Exercise Science & Sports Technology Information Session on Thursday, January 27th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. I will provide an overview of the program and answer any questions.

Dakota Smith, Kristy Hernandez, & Anna James Successful Showing at the PA Farm Show

Congrats to Dakota Smith, Kristy Hernandez, and Anna James on their successful showing of Katahdin lambs at the PA Farm Show. Thank you, New Holland Sales and Broc Sandelin (Delaware Valley University Dean of Agriculture), for your support at auction! Our students learned many valuable lessons!

Representative Craig Staats hosts student Layla Cotter at state capitol

Representative Craig Staats hosts Animal & Veterinary Science and FFA student Layla Cotter at the state capitol. Layla Cotter also attends Quakertown High School and is a Bucks County 4-H ambassador. See a video clip of her visit by clicking here.

Welding Field Trip a Huge Success

Thank you, Justin Stottlar and Caroll Engineering Corporation, for hosting our welding students at the North Wales Water Tower.


We saw multiple welding processes used, including self-shielded flux core welding and carbon air arc gouging. The students had never been exposed to welding with a ceramic backing before, and the crew from Caroll Engineering was kind enough to give them some materials to practice with. Students also observed professional welders going back up the water tower and utilizing fall harnesses. In addition, students made valuable industry contacts.


Comments from our students included “The field trip solidified the idea that welding was going to be his career” and “best field trip ever!

Valley Forge Military Academy & College Presentation with K-9 Demo

Pennsylvania National Guard and former students who graduated from the Police Academy and Valley Forge Military Academy & College provided inspiring and motivational presentations. A K-9 demo followed. Thank you, Damien Timofai, Lucas Lucier of Cultured Canine, Tyler Ritter, SGT Bradley Wanamaker, and SSG Kevin Thorne.

Saint Luke's Hospital Partnership and Opportunities

Thank you, Georgina Winfield for talking to our faculty about school-to-work and volunteer opportunities at Saint Luke's Hospital. We look forward to working with you since many of our programs align with your hiring needs.

Machining & Engineering Program Sweeps December's Attendance Award

Congratulations to Mr. Ruch's AM and PM Machining & Engineering Technologies classes! Both classes had the highest percentage of students with perfect attendance in their session for December and received delicious donuts recently for a job well done.

Quakertown Rotary Club Outreach

I am looking forward to chatting over coffee with the Quakertown Rotary Club on Tuesday, February 1st!

Self-Control in the Workplace

December's word of the month was self-control, or the ability to control oneself, particularly one's emotions and desires or expression in one's behavior, especially in difficult times. Students were selected by their instructor for demonstrating this attribute daily. Congrats!

Baking & Pastry Arts Seniors Break the 2-Day Retail Bakers Sales Record

Congratulations to this year’s Baking & Pastry Arts program for breaking the highest 2-day total in retail bakery sales record. The seniors wanted to thank everyone for their support of the holiday outlet.

Thank You For Keeping our Campus Pristine & Safe During All Weather Conditions!

Thank you, Don Moyer and Craig Overholt, for keeping our campus pristine and safe! Your hard work and efficiency allowed Caitlyn Danka, Animal & Vet Science Teacher, to enter the building and support her students at the Pennsylvania Farm Show!

Alex Bates - Hydro Instruments Placement

Alex Bates, an HVAC-R & Plumbing student, begins his Cooperative Education placement at Hydro Instruments in Telford. Mentor Tim Douty and Brenda Bates join the placement meeting.

Nicholas Gawronski - Luberto's Auto Service Placement

Nicholas Gawronski, a Diesel Technology student, begins his Cooperative Education placement at Luberto's Auto Service in Ottsville. Mentor Gabe Luberto, Brett Gawronski, and Vicki Gawronski joined the placement meeting.

Lily Mcdowell - Perkasie Giant Baking Department Placement

Lily Mcdowell, a Baking & Pastry Arts student, begins her Cooperative Education placement in the Baking Department at Perkasie Giant. A special thanks to her mentor Michelle Pfleger who was not available for the picture. Sherri Hames joins the placement meeting.

CertainTeed & Saint-Gobain Partnership

Thank you, Marie Robinson (Project Manager), for connecting with the tech school. Our faculty and students are looking forward to visiting your new Stone Facade plant in Quakertown. We look forward to partnering and working closely with @CertainTeed and @saintgobain soon.

Nicomatic Presentation to Mechatronic Students

Nicomatic engineers Miriam Polzine and Zach Blandeni described how they provide their clients with solutions to specific cable and connector needs. Students listened, asked questions, and learned the skill levels required for each position within the company. Please click here to learn more about Nicomatic's products and markets.

Welcome Kaitlyn Butler - Delaware Valley University Student Teacher

Kaitlyn Butler is a senior Agriculture Education major at Delaware Valley University. She has been involved in several clubs at DelVal, including Block & Bridle and DVU Collegiate Farm Bureau, where she held many different leadership positions, including Livestock Show President and Fundraising Chair. Besides being involved in clubs, Katie has also been a teaching assistant for two other classes!


Katie’s interest in all things ag comes from growing up on the Koplin Farm, where they grow soybeans and corn on over two hundred acres. She is looking forward to her new journey at UBCTS and is excited to learn from her cooperating teacher and the students! During her free time, Katie likes to go hunting and fishing, photography, and spend time with her family.


Katie’s interest in all things ag comes from growing up on the Koplin Farm, where they grow soybeans and corn on over two hundred acres. She is looking forward to her new journey at UBCTS and is excited to learn from her cooperative teacher and the students! During her free time, Katie likes to go hunting and fishing, photography, and spend time with her family.

William Gaenssle - UBCTS December Student of the Month

William Gaenssle, a Pennridge senior in our Welding and Fabrication Technology program, has been named Student of the Month for December at the Upper Bucks County Technical School. William is the son of Anne and David Gaenssle.


William was nominated by his instructor, Mr. Kosak, for consistently displaying outstanding performance in his Welding & Fabrication program and at his worksite. Last week, Mr. Kosak also nominated William for November’s Word of the Month respect, an essential workplace readiness skill needed for success in the workplace.


William has earned his 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA safety certifications. He also utilizes his technical and career-readiness skills at Heritage Fence in Skippack, where he’s employed as a welder. In his free time, William enjoys working on cars and riding dirtbikes.


After graduation, William hopes to continue his welding career at Triangle Technical School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Michael Herrera, Ed.D.

Proud UBCTS administrator!