Commissioner’s Update – February 11, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

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.

“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 the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program 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 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.

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