CTECH, the Career and Technical Education Center at Heintz, opened its doors to students on Wednesday September 7, 2016. This day was filled with enthusiasm from our staff and our students. CTECH is unlike other Career and Technical Education Centers as the pathways were intentionally selected by our community to meet our workforce needs. As educators and vested members of Rochester, MN we are eager to see the opportunities for our Rochester Public School students unfold as they begin coursework in the unique setting at CTECH.
The CTECH facility is home to a commercial kitchen, a manufacturing shop, a training center for Certified Nursing Assistance (CNA), and a science lab for Agriculture and Health Sciences. Students participating in courses at CTECH are enrolled in one of seven career pathways: Agriculture, Construction, Engineering, Health and Bio Medical Science, Hospitality, Information Technology, or Manufacturing.
CTECH is a place for all learners. CTECH will highlight the career and educational opportunities within the seven career pathways through hands-on learning in an engaging setting. Students will be learning in venues that are similar to what they would experience in a workplace or post-secondary institution. Each pathway has courses that have been designed in collaboration with educators, industry, and business partners alike. There are career options for students who wish to further their education beyond high school: they have a solid start to pursue certifications, an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, or a professional degree and beyond. Additionally, each pathway has career opportunities for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.
The experience students have at CTECH will prepare them for a professional and academic setting. We will see the impact of CTECH within our community as we prepare and grow our workforce, one student at a time.
This post brought to you by Erin Broviak, APOSA overseeing Career and Technical Education
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