Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)

The mission of Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) is to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers through a unique curriculum that emphasizes the skills, technical knowledge, and academic foundation they will need to succeed upon graduation. CTEC’s innovative approach to high school education aligns students’ areas of interest with relevant, real-world career experience and active partnerships with local businesses.

Completion Date
Summer 2020
Salem, OR
Square Footage
150,000 SF
  • Dan Hess
  • Julie Condon
  • Elisa Warner

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.

Programs Offered
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