At CTEC, we view “commercial manufacturing” as process that includes the design, creation, distribution and use of a product that our students will make.  Our focus is going to be in the area of metals manufacturing and fabrication, but the skills learned by students will be transferable across industries.  There will be some traditional assembly line work at the end of the process, but students will spend most of their time learning technical skills and the use of equipment related to cutting, stamping, bending, rolling and machining metal, as well as using modern CNC equipment, computer assisted manufacturing software (CAM).  Students will also learn technical math and English skills related specifically to manufacturing and they will have the opportunity to learn about “in-process inspection” and lean manufacturing.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about manufacturing components used by other companies that assemble a final product. 

Developing the infrastructure and purchasing the equipment necessary to develop a new CTE program at each school is cost prohibitive.  By developing a District Center that serves all students in one place while also providing students with state of the art facilities, equipment, instruction and transportation, we are better able to leverage industry and District resources.  Additionally, where student interest from a single school might be too limited to support a full time program, drawing students from all of the District’s high school programs improves the likelihood of adequate student interest and support.

No.  Please see the description:  Aren’t there already CTE programs at the other local high schools?

There are currently a wide variety of CTE programs at each of the 6 comprehensive high schools in the Salem-Keizer School District.  CTEC will differ from the current programs   in a couple of significant ways. 

CTEC will not look to usurp or replace any program currently in place at one of our local schools.  Instead, the goal of CTEC is to introduce new programs that are specifically focused on local and regional high-wage, high-demand jobs.  The programs and skills taught at CTEC will lead students toward defined industry skills and verifiable standards intended to help students exit high school and immediately enter the work force as skilled and highly sought after employees.

CTE programs, already in place, with a connection to high-wage and high-demand jobs, may be supported through the advent of a new capstone program with a similar emphasis.  For example, students enrolled in introductory woods programs at Mckay, South and North Salem High Schools will have the opportunity to enroll in an advanced residential construction program or an advanced manufacturing program at CTEC.  Student enrollment at CTEC provides them with an advanced program of study and creates additional opportunities for career exploration by more students at the lower grade levels.

The goals of CTEC are to assist students in meeting high school graduation and college admission requirements while also helping students demonstrate proficiency in career related skills and industry certification.  That is not a guarantee of employment.  However, we will continue to build relationships with industry leaders, provide internship opportunities for outstanding students and focus on the technical and soft skills favored by industry employers.  A close partnership and continued collaboration will increase the likelihood of CTEC students receiving “first consideration” in the hiring process.  Like any job, personal performance will determine the employee’s long term potential.

Students will always have the option to self-select and determine whether or not they apply for enrollment at CTEC.  All high school counselors are responsible for helping students make wise course selection decisions based on the student’s academic needs and personal interests.  Counselors will inform students about these new programs and they will provide guidance in selecting classes that help the student meet graduation requirements, college admission requirements and are engaging on a personal level.

The School District will provide students with free bus transportation to and from CTEC and the students’ resident school.  Students will also have the option of driving their own vehicles and parking at CTEC.  The District is also working with Salem Area Mass Transit to explore potential bus routes and times that may allow students to access CTEC outside of the normal school day.

Students wishing to take advantage of the many unique opportunities at CTEC are going to see a few differences in their schedule.  Transportation will be provided for any student wishing to attend CTEC and the Center’s start and stop times will be adjusted to take best advantage of opportunities for students at their resident school.  The District is currently exploring various bell schedules that would allow students to meet state seat time requirements and discussions around dual credit and college credit are intended to minimize the potential for credits lost due to transportation time.

As the CTEC curriculum is developed for each new program, the District will work with local colleges and universities to align curriculum in order to provide students with college credit.  In addition to technical courses such as blueprint reading and CAD/CAM, we will work to develop and align core curriculum classes such as technical construction math along with technical reading and writing.

CTEC is as much of a “college track” program as anything else in our District.  The primary difference is that at CTEC, students will also have more opportunity to explore specific career paths related to their area of study.   Students enrolled “College Writing” or “AP History” at one of our comprehensive high schools may have little time to explore or discover careers, requirements or post-secondary opportunities for learning related to the subject “writing” or “history”.  There will be clear and purposeful connections between CTEC coursework and college and career related objectives.    

Students who complete a two-year program of study at CTEC will be viewed by local industry and college admission offices as academically focused, goal oriented, and career driven.

Schools have long been focused on preparing students for both college and careers, with the ultimate goal being to provide options that lead students to a life of happiness, prosperity and a global contribution.  In years’ past, a college degree was synonymous with increased employability and higher lifetime earnings.  This general belief, along with the rise in tuition costs and economic decline, has lead to staggering student debt and a shortage of qualified workers for industry.

This new collaboration between private enterprise and the public school system is providing our District with the resources and opportunities to address the gap between “traditional learning” and “applicable learning”.  Hopefully, all education leads to some sort of employment or career.  CTEC is designed to help build a better understanding of the connections and critical relationships between school and careers.  At CTEC, students and teachers have a clear answer to the age-old student question “When am I ever going to use this stuff?”

The School District has not changed or shifted its mission or vision for students.  Our goal remains “In partnership with the community, we ensure that each student will have the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes to be a lifelong learner, a contributing citizen and a productive worker in a changing and increasingly diverse world.”  We hold steadfast to our vision of high school completion for all students that in turn provides students with multiple opportunities beyond the walls of our schools.

CTEC provides an infrastructure and opportunity that was unavailable to previous generations of students.  In-depth, technical and purposeful, career-related learning allows students to consider career paths that now include living-wage, entry level jobs and post- secondary education experiences at the college or university level, as-well-as in other options such as: trade schools, technical schools, journeyman programs and Union schools.

Each year, CTEC will implement two or three new career and technical programs of study predicated on student interest, labor market analysis and industry support. 

The first two programs to be implemented in September, 2015 will be “residential construction” and “commercial manufacturing”.  In these programs, students will have the opportunity to learn about the process and skills need to build a home from the ground up and how industry responds to the need for specific parts, pieces and materials to be mass-produced in a lean, on-demand environment.  Students will learn about things such as: general construction and manufacturing processes, safety, equipment use, modern technology, academic requirements in areas such as math, science and English, work ethics, team work, customer service and career exploration.

Many of what we think of as traditional shop or vocational programs offer excellent introductory experiences, skills and knowledge for novice students.  The instructional focus is often centered on the traditionally trained teacher’s area of expertise and skills are sometimes discreet exercises learned in the absence of authentic student application.  Students receive excellent instruction but may not have the opportunity to see how the learning will be used in the work place or have the opportunity to explore the various career or college pathways related to that technical trade or craft.  The instruction and skills may or may not be aligned to industry standards, needs or expectations.

At CTEC, students will receive instruction from staff who have specific industry expertise and experience.  The course work will all be focused on technical and soft skills needed to excel in the work force or to help students more deeply explore post-secondary learning opportunities.  The technical skills, academic knowledge and instructional strategies used will be derived from understanding what students need to bee successful once they exit the CTEC program.  Credits earned and skills learned will lead students toward their high school diploma, industry standards and certification, college credit and potentially college certification and degrees recognized by local, regional and state industries.

CTEC is not a college / non-college ready tracking program.  Being enrolled at CTEC does not stop any student from graduating from high school or enrolling in a two or 4-year university program.  All course work taken at CTEC counts toward Salem-Keizer graduation requirements.  In many instances, CTEC course work may also receive college credit that can be applied towards college graduation (depending on the institution in which a student enrolls after high school).

CTEC will provide all students with the opportunity to explore career and college pathways related to the programs of study offered.  A well-rounded educational experience that provides students with a rigorous academic regime, coupled with technical, hands-on experience in industry will better prepare our students to make sound, practical decisions about the future.  Rather than limit a student’s options, CTE will provide students with the skills and vision to explore and develop their personal and professional interests. 

In many cases, courses taught at CTEC may help the student earn dual credit – with the student receiving both high school and college credit in a single course.

Much like the other comprehensive schools in our District, the staff at CTEC will be comprised of licensed staff (principal, teachers and counselors), classified staff (office manager, school office specialists, instructional assistants, etc.) and industry partners (vocationally trained partners, mentors, guest speakers, guest instructors).  The technical instructors for each program will be recruited from industry, licensed to teach students and supported by District mentors, in order to provide our students with current, real-world work experiences and opportunities. 

Students will also have the opportunity to enroll in core curriculum classes in math, English and science that are career-focused and specifically related to the technical program and course work in which they are participating.

Where applicable, students at CTEC will also have the opportunity to earn dual credit that can be applied to high school graduation requirements and college credit through the local community college or university programs.

As part of a unique collaboration between our public school district and private enterprise, the Center’s infrastructure and maintenance will be shared by various entities.  While Mountain West will be responsible for funding and coordinating capital improvements to the infrastructure itself, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will identify the educational and instructional needs of the students served by the center.  The District will provide staffing, traditional school supplies, general maintenance and utilities needed to maintain the facility provided by Mountain West Investments and their industry partners.

Absolutely, yes!  We strongly encourage students of both genders to engage in these exciting learning opportunities. 

While we recognize that construction and manufacturing are generally associated with being male dominated industries, more and more women are excelling in these fields.  The computer aided design and development of projects and objects in construction and manufacturing, along with the satisfaction of physically creating something from nothing, appeals to all students.  Additionally, the advent of modern technology has erased the barriers to performing some tasks that, in years’ past, were perceived as too physically demanding for female employees.  Construction and manufacturing provides multiple career and college opportunities for both men and women.

Additionally, in order to make certain that CTEC is appealing to all students, some future programs will be more overtly gender neutral. They may include, but are not limited to programs such as: graphic design, culinary arts/food manufacturing, medical imaging, automotive industry, health and human services, business and audio/video production.

Students who are interested in specific, career-related learning, at a very advanced level, should consider applying for placement at CTEC.  Students who have the desire to explore career and college pathways related to the technical programs of study offered at CTEC are also strong candidates for enrollment.   Our students will have the opportunity to gain first-hand learning and experience while performing in a work-like environment.  Career exploration, job shadows, internships, field trips, guest speakers and instructors will all provide motivated students the chance to live in and explore career and college opportunities unavailable to students enrolled solely at their resident high school.

The ideal student for CTEC is any junior or senior with a keen interest in preparing for the world of work following high school or students who are interested in exploring career or college pathways in one of the technical programs offered at the center.  Students enrolled at CTEC should be highly motivated, personally responsible, eager to work with their hands, excited about the concept of team work and ready to become both a learner and a leader.  Students who are interested in specific, career-related learning, at a very advanced level, should consider applying for placement at CTEC.  Students who have the desire to explore career and college pathways related to the technical programs of study offered at CTEC are also strong candidates for enrollment.

Enrollment at CTEC will be open to all Salem-Keizer 11th and 12th grade students.  Space will be limited to 90 students per CTEC program during year one (2015-16) so students will be identified through an application process.  This process will include an evaluation of a student’s current academic progress, attendance, behavior, teacher or counselor recommendations, personal interest and long-term plans and past experience in the technical program in which they hope to enroll.  Students with limited or no prior experience in the technical program they seek will not be excluded from enrolling, but may be expected to participate in a District-funded summer program designed to give the student the prerequisite skills needed to be successful beginning in September.  Students enrolled at CTEC will attend half-time, with the remainder of their schedule being filled at their resident school.

The development of a local or regional Career and Technical Education Skills Center is the logical and integral “next step” of expanding our District’s current CTE programs and preparing our graduating students for careers and college.  CTEC will provide instruction in preparatory programs that are either too expensive or too specialized for individual schools to operate individually. 

The main office and first two programs of study (construction and manufacturing) will be ready for occupancy in June of 2015. CTEC will open to the public and students in August of 2015. Initial enrollment will be limited to 90 students in each program (for a total of 180 juniors and seniors) Each year thereafter, approximately an additional 20,000 square feet will be remodeled and opened for student use as the Center adds 2-3 programs of study annually through the 2019-20 school year. By 2020, CTEC will house 10-14 career and technical education programs, serving approximately 1,100 students, led by approximately 45 district staff members.

General landscaping maintenance was updated in July of 2014.  Two antiquated outbuildings on the property were demolished in mid-August and parking lot re-surfacing and repair began in late October of 2014.  The School District and industry leaders have been working with an architect hired by Mountain West to design classroom spaces and shop floors for a residential construction program and a commercial manufacturing program.  Construction permits will be applied for in November of 2014.

CTEC is located at 3501 Portland Rd, Salem, OR.  The center is housed in the former Neilsen Manufacturing Plant, approximately ½ mile south of the State Police department and the KROC Center.  The center is on the west side of Portland Road.

CTEC, the Career Technical Education Center, is a joint venture between private industry and public education with the intent of helping Salem-Keizer students develop academic proficiency, technical skills and certification, as well as the “soft skills” needed to assure preparedness and success in both careers and college.  Students will have the opportunity to enroll in advanced, career-related, skills-based course work designed to help them explore a variety of career paths and explore post-secondary educational options.

Mountain West Investment Corp. is a privately held real estate development corporation headquartered in Salem, Oregon.  The company began as Mountain West Real Estate in 1977.   It is involved in real estate and business development throughout Oregon and Washington.

The owners and employees of Mountain West consider it their moral responsibility to steward their business and philanthropic relationships with faithfulness, trust and accountability.  Part of that commitment is demonstrated through one of its highest values of giving back to the community and changing lives.  It has provided support to over 200 local nonprofits organizations that are serving Salem’s friends, families, and neighbors.   Organizations serving children and seniors are its highest philanthropic priority.