AW Beattie will host a Spring Open House on March 24

A fashion show, robotics and auto collision department designs will be just a few of the things on display at the upcoming AW Beattie Career Center Spring Open House in Allison Park, March 24, 5 p.m. 3 to 8 p.m.

This year marks the return to an in-person format for the annual spring event, with last year’s open house by appointment only, according to Shawn Annarelli, public relations and admissions coordinator at Beattie.

The school, located at 9600 Babcock Blvd., is a vocational school serving students in the school districts of North Allegheny, Avonworth, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel Area, Hampton Township, Northgate, North Hills, Pine-Richland and Shaler Area.

Prospective students can visit the school with their families during the open house to learn about the 20 different educational programs offered there.

An in-person open house in the fall was held on a smaller scale, Annarelli said. Spring is usually busier as students are ready to plan for their next school year.

Current instructors, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions and show guests around, Annarelli said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students and their families to learn more about us and how Beattie might be a good fit for them,” he said.

Students will demonstrate the skills they have learned and guests will also have hands-on opportunities, Annarelli said. The center aims to prepare students for college and careers after high school graduation, with hands-on, real-world experience.

The school offers 20 different programs. Among the new additions is a new, state-of-the-art clinical nursing suite for health sciences and nursing students, Annarelli said. Open day guests can see what is offered in the surgical sciences program, which is only in its second year there.

Other presentations will be presented by departments such as Advertising Design, Robotics and Auto Collision Technology, which recently won the Summit Racing Peddle Car Challenge at World of Wheels Pittsburgh for the third year in a row, Annarelli said.

Automotive collision technology students won with the help of peers from the HVAC, carpentry, automotive technology and advertising departments.

The cosmetology department will hold a fashion show at 7 p.m. in the conference room, Annarelli said.

About 144 students attend grades nine through 12 at North Allegheny, according to NA High School counselor Kevin Thompson, the career school liaison. He said Beattie continues to be a popular choice among students.

Students can learn skills to prepare for a career after graduating from high school or take advantage of college credits for those pursuing an education after high school, he said.

Or someone may just want to learn life skills, such as carpentry, HVAC installation and maintenance, or car maintenance, Thompson said.

Beattie keeps up to date with what’s relevant in the job market.

John Brown, an educator in the building and construction department at Beattie, plans to attend the open house to answer questions.

His department focuses on a variety of building and construction training, including computer-aided design programs, foundation layout, framing, and drywall. The students are currently building small camping shelters, but they are also building full-size modular homes which they sell when the project is complete.

For more information, visit or call 412-847-1900.

Natalie Beneviat is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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