Dedicated to 11th and 12th grade students throughout the district, participants divide their time between their home high schools and CTEC.
Core instruction areas like language arts, social sciences, math, and science are taught in relation to a CTE lens, allowing students to directly apply abstract educational concepts to industry-specific activities.
This integrated approach to career-technical education has already demonstrated impressive results. The district has reported that the graduation rate for CTEC participants is in the upper 90-percent range – exceeding the District-wide average by nearly 25%.
CTEC was made possible through an innovative public/private partnership. Several years ago, Mountain West Investment Corporation, a Salem-based private developer, purchased the 150,000 SF former Neilsen Manufacturing facility and teamed with Salem-Keizer Public Schools to renovate the building through a complex, multi-phased process. With several phases already complete, the facility currently supports ten different CTE programs and over 1,000 students.