Category Archives: Career & Technical

February is Career and Technical Education month

Twenty seven high school career and technical education regions and centers across Maine and the entire field of secondary school applied technology and workforce educators are being recognized during the month of February.

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February is Career and Technical Education month

AUGUSTA — Maine’s career and technical education schools and educators of applied technology and workforce development are being recognized during the month of February.

“From industry-recognized training and dual enrollments in colleges, to professional licensures and industry-recognized certificates, approximately 8,500 of Maine high school students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs are demonstrating industry and college proficiencies, ranging from robotics to coding, from culinary arts to welding, building trades to health services, and marketing to auto technology. CTE programs adhere to rigorous industry-recognized standards and offer students hand-on learning at its best,” says Maine DOE’s Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley.

In Maine, CTE is provided at 27 regional schools in all counties across the state, each affiliated with a group of nearby sending high schools. There are 60 different programs; an ever increasing number leading to industry-recognized credentials while credits are earned towards high school graduation and post-secondary attainment. Most programs have articulation agreements or lead to an industry pathway.

Maine DOE’s Career and Technical Education Director Margaret Harvey says she hears a variety of comments from students about their CTE experience. “Students are engaged and excited to be in CTE, and we routinely hear students say, ‘CTE is the reason I am still in school; CTE makes learning relevant.’  School review teams also hear students describe that they are treated like they would be in a professional workplace, and students have said, ‘The instructors are mentors and role models.’”

Studies reported by the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) note that the average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent. More than 75 percent of secondary CTE students pursue postsecondary education shortly after high school.

At the postsecondary level, students with a CTE-related associate degree or credential earn an average of $4,000-$19,000 more than students with a humanities associate degree. Twenty-seven percent of those CTE students having less than an associate degree but holding licenses and certificates are earning more than the average bachelor degree recipient.

“CTE and related skill development courses are an essential component of Maine’s K-12 public schools. Students thrive on this high school level CTE experience that provides critical thinking and deeper learning, offering students not only a continued interest in their education, but a tangible skill, trade and training that takes them into the future.” says Beardsley.

To learn more about career and technical education in Maine visit www.mainecte.org or www.maine.gov/doe/cte. For more information about regional CTE schools, contact Maine DOE’s Director of Career and Technical Education Margaret Harvey at margaret.harvey@maine.gov or Director of Communications Anne Gabbianelli at anne.gabbianelli@maine.gov or 624-6747.

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Meeting at the Crossroads: Identifying pathways to proficiency through technical programs, mathematics and English language arts

Teachers from culinary arts, health occupations, and early childhood education programs worked for two days with mathematics and English language arts (ELA) teachers to find points of intersections where students can demonstrate proficiency of Maine student learning standards. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have always been proficiency-based as students gain knowledge and skills that leads directly into post-secondary programs and professional licensing. Demonstrating proficiency in CTE programs often involves both an academic approach to gathering information and sharing knowledge, as well as performance assessment that reflects skill with various tools including a variety of technologies and human interaction.

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FFA opportunities brought to Foster Technology Center

Members of the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) had a chance to share more about their organization with students in the forestry program at the Foster Technology Center in Farmington.

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CTE safety program grant

The Maine Career and Technical Education team is pleased to be able to offer secondary CTE schools an opportunity to update and renew their safety checklists and policies. The CTE team has provided a Perkins targeted grant to David Dorr, Director, Somerset Career and Technical Center to facilitate this joint project.

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2015 Craft Championships showcases students at work

Career and Technical Education students demonstrated their skills at the 16th Annual Craft Championships at the Augusta Civic Center last month.

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Mid-Maine CTE promotes new student video production

Career and Technical Education media programs allow student to learn how to produce communication videos.  The schools with these programs use their expertise and training to produce promotional videos that explain the benefits of CTE for all students.  The following school is one example of this student work and showcases the value of CTE.  The program offered to students in Mid-Maine Technical Center (MMTC) is a great example of what students can learn in a CTE program.

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Regional school calendars due by May 6

School administrative units and private schools approved for tuition purposes are expected to establish regional school calendars, in coordination with their local secondary career and technical education school, by May 6, 2016.

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Aspire Higher Maine events kick off in November

Twenty-five Maine high schools and career and technical centers will participate in Aspire Higher Maine to build excitement and awareness surrounding the college exploration and application process next month.

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Numbers of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students earning postsecondary credit increases

Approximately 250 high school students enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will earn nearly 3,000 postsecondary credits during the 2015-16 school year due to continued funding from Governor Paul LePage and the Maine Legislature for the Bridge Year Program. Nearly 40 percent of these students are in their second year of the program and are on course to graduate high school, in June of 2016, with up to 30 college credits. This will put them well on their way to earning an associate degree within 12 months after graduation.

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