Category Archives: Career & Technical

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Future commercial student truck drivers honored

Last month, students from four Career and Technical Centers competed at the Professional Drivers Championship in the “Future Truckers” division at Dysart’s Transportation in Hermon. Selected students from Region 3 (Lincoln area), Region 9 (Rumford area), Tri-County Technical Center (Dexter area), and Westbrook Regional Vocational Center (Westbrook area) competed at this event. The students were complimented and encouraged by fellow competitors, company owners, commercial inspectors, law enforcement officers, as well as spectators and sponsors.

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Agriculture and natural resources students recognized at Maine FFA convention

Students of the Maine FFA Association (formerly Future Farmers of America) participated in the State convention earlier this month at the University of Maine in Orono where they engaged in competitions, tours, and awards in recognition of their 2015-16 accomplishments in agriculture and natural resources.

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Career & Technical Education students honored

Twenty six Career and Technical Education students were honored last month at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center’s Culinary Arts building. Each of the CTE Centers in Maine selected a “Student of The Year.” Over 200 family, friends, CTE faculty and Directors attended.

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Conference inspires young women to pursue careers in trade and tech

The annual Maine Totally Trades Conference recently held in Bangor introduces young women to male-dominated occupations and illustrates that these occupations are open to everyone regardless of gender. Through a Perkins Grant to New Ventures Maine, the Maine Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education supports the conference. You can see the conference in action here that was held in Bangor this month and another conference will be held in Presque Isle next Wednesday.

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Annual Maine DECA conference offers competition and awards

The Maine DECA 48th State Career Development Conference was held recently. The conference featured a competition in which students were presented with challenging marketing and business case problems with volunteer business professionals serving as judges.

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