Update about revisions to Rule Chapter 232, expansion of CTE to middle school

Public Law Chapter 171, “An Act To Enable Earlier Introduction of Career and Technical Education in Maine Schools,” was enacted in June to expand career and technical education opportunities by requiring Maine schools to provide access to developmentally-appropriate career and technical education for middle school students (grades 6-8). The expansion of Career and Technical Education … Continue reading Update about revisions to Rule Chapter 232, expansion of CTE to middle school

CTE Diploma Pathway in law

New Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways to Graduation through PL 489, “An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council” The Maine Department of Education is excited to outline some of the multiple pathways to earning a proficiency-based diploma that involve CTE enabled by Public Law Chapter 489, “An Act Implement … Continue reading CTE Diploma Pathway in law

Vicki Kimball Named CTE Teacher of the Year

On Oct. 7, during a statewide learning conference at Lewiston Regional Technical Center, Vicki Kimball was named Maine’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year. She accepted the award in front of nearly 500 colleagues. Kimball instructs the Commercial Truck Driving Program for Tri-County Technical Center.  Over the past three years, she has grown … Continue reading Vicki Kimball Named CTE Teacher of the Year

Maine’s CTE professional trucking program captures national attention

An estimated 8,100 students in Maine are enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs. Of those students, approximately 70 are enrolled in a course of study designed for future careers in commercial trucking. In May, students from four career and technical centers competed at the professional drivers championship in the “Future Truckers” division at … Continue reading Maine’s CTE professional trucking program captures national attention

Deputy Commissioner joins radio show on WVOM

Deputy Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley joined the George Hale Ric Tyler Show on Bangor’s WVOM earlier this month. Beardsley talked about everything from forestry and the economy to testing and proficiency-based diplomas. On the topic of the pulp industry in Maine, Beardsley mentioned he is hopeful that Maine’s students will be able to solve problems, … Continue reading Deputy Commissioner joins radio show on WVOM

Downeast adventure for teachers in agriculture and science

The 2016 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Summer Teachers Institute will be held August 1-5 at the University of Maine in Machias. Educators will learn about locally grown foods and their impact on the Maine economy, applications in science, and different opportunities to integrate agriculture into the curriculum. The training group will tour Maine … Continue reading Downeast adventure for teachers in agriculture and science

Maine CTE leaders recognized

Maine Career and Technical Education instructors and an administrator were honored by the regional Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).  Of the 16 states in ACTE Region I, three of the six awards went to Maine CTE leaders. ACTE Region I Teacher of the Year — Brandon Soards from Rockland who teaches digital graphics; … Continue reading Maine CTE leaders recognized