Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)

Salem-Keizer Public Schools | Salem, Oregon

The mission of the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) is to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, high demand careers while developing the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience to assure their success upon graduation. CTEC was conceived through an innovative public/private partnership. Several years ago, Mountain West Investments, a private developer purchased the 150,000 square foot former Neilsen Manufacturing facility and teamed with Salem-Keizer Public Schools to renovate the facility (over a multi-phase process) to house ten different CTE programs of study.

CTEC’s innovative approach to high school education provides students with real-life career experience, instilling relevancy into daily instruction. CTEC is open to 11th and 12th grade students throughout the District; students divide their time between their home high schools and CTEC. Core instruction areas, such as math, language arts, science, and social sciences, are taught through a CTE lens, allowing students to directly apply abstract educational concepts to industry-related activities. Local Salem-area businesses continue to serve as active partners in this endeavor. CTEC’s integrative approach to career-technical education has already demonstrated impressive results. The District reports that the graduation rate for CTEC program completers is in the upper 90-percent range, compared to a district-wide average of just over 73 percent.

Programs Offered

  • Drone Technology and Robotics
  • Cosmetology
  • Residential Construction
  • Manufacturing, Welding and Engineering
  • Video Game Design and Animation
  • Auto-body Repair and Painting
  • Law Enforcement (enrolling students now for fall 2018)
  • Business Development and Leadership (enrolling students now for fall 2018)
  • Culinary Arts (opening in 2019-20)
  • Agriscience (opening in 2019-20)

Estimated Completion Date August 2019
Size 150,000 S.F.

Key Personnel

Dan Hess
Elisa Warner
Julie Condon