Career Technical Education (CTE)
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates strict compliance with approved Career Vocational Technical Curriculum Frameworks for all vocational programs in the Commonwealth. These frameworks are divided into six strands: Strand 1 Safety and Health, Strand 2 Technical, Strand 3 Embedded Academics, Strand 4 Employability and Career Readiness, Strand 5 Management and Entrepreneurship, and Strand 6 Technology. Strands 1, 2 and 3 are taught within the curriculum for each of our technical majors. Strands 4, 5 and 6 are taught in a separate CTE enrichment course.
Freshman students are introduced to computer technology that will support them during their high school career and beyond. Career readiness is the focus of the sophomore year. Students prepare resumes, references, and participate in a mock interview with a member of the local business community. During their junior year students learn how to manage their money in a personal finance course. Finally, during their senior year, students cover business management due to the importance of all business owners and employees possessing management and financial skills to be productive members of society. For further information visit the DESE website, http://www.doe.mass.edu/ccte/cvte/frameworks/
We continuously partner with business and industry including Adams Community Bank for personal finance and over 30 companies in our mock interview program to provide additional realism to these topics. Our vocational program advisory committees routinely participate in a variety of educational support activities. These business relationships are the cornerstone of our success.