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SEDCOR Board Tours New Salem-Keizer Career Tech Program

Thursday, October 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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The SEDCOR board of directors met at the newly-opened Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) for their October meeting and a tour. The unique, brand-new facility is a joint venture between private industry and public education with the intent of helping Salem-Keizer students develop academic proficiency, technical skills, and certification to prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high demand technical careers.

 

The impressive new facility opened its doors to students this fall. As of this writing, 180 students receive hands-on and classroom CTE training focused on residential construction and commercial manufacturing. These students remain enrolled at their resident school while spending part of their school day at the center.

 

“Thanks to the investment by Mountain West Investment Corp and Salem-Keizer Schools, something that was once just a good idea is now a reality,” said SEDCOR Chair Patricia Callihan-Bowman. “It was impressive to see the quality education the students are receiving, both academically and with real world work experience they can use immediately after graduation.”

 

Years in the making, the project was accelerated in June of 2014, when Mountain West Career Technical Institute entered into a partnership with Salem-Keizer School District to develop and operate CTEC. The following month, Mountain West Investment Corporation purchased the 160,000 square foot former Neilsen Manufacturing facility in Northeast Salem and renovated and equipped the facility to house CTE programs of study.

 

With new, state-of-the-art equipment provided through private donations, students at CTEC are learning from people with industry experience how to tie classroom knowledge to real-world jobs. “Our goal is to ensure that students are joining the workforce with the skills and training employers are seeking,” said John Honey, principal of the new center. 

 

Along with technical training, students are required to take English and Math classes geared to the careers they will be pursuing.  The program also gives students the opportunity to work together in groups to solve problems and learn to be part of a team. 

 

“Employers get better employees with this program,” said Honey. “We’re moving away from the mindset that says every kid must go to college first and then go to work. Now they have a choice to either go to a job that pays well or go to college.”

 

“The soft skills that employers are looking for are being developed throughout the program,” said Callihan-Bowman. “It was a great experience to see well over a hundred high school students engaged in their studies and able to articulate what they are doing and why it is important.”

 

Watch for more details in Enterprise magazine.

 


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