Joining the CTEC program
“When I think back on my time in school, I immediately think of my time at CTEC – 100 percent,” said 2022 Sprague High School graduate Oliver Marche. “I think of all of my classmates and even just how welcoming even the staff here were.”
Oliver is a 2022 graduate from Sprague High School, but during his time in high school, Oliver also had the opportunity to become a leader in his Law Enforcement Program at the Career and Technical Education Center.
His love for the program didn’t start with a lifelong dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. Oliver had originally set his sights on the Residential Construction program at CTEC, but after a ride along with an area agency, he knew it was a great fit for his future.
“Being there for people on their worst day and being able to be that person to be able to help them is so special to me,” said Marche. “CTEC taught me exactly how to do that, how to be there for people. But also, what it’s like to be law enforcement and get that real-world experience.”
Leaving a legacy
Although students only attend CTEC for their junior and senior years, the relationships and impact of students often leaves a lasting impression on school staff and students across its programs.
Donna Duval, an English teacher in the Law Enforcement program had the opportunity to see Oliver’s impact firsthand, including the way he worked to improve not only his own learning, but the experience of others.
“Oliver is the kind of person who thinks of everyone else before himself,” said Duval.
Oliver took initiative in leading the program through outward mindset training through the Arbinger Institute, which sprung from his desire to learn more himself.
“As he went through the training, it occurred to me, this was already who he was. He is truly an incredible kid.”
Planning for the future
Throughout his time at CTEC, Oliver always valued and understood the immense importance of networking. Although he was in the Law Enforcement program, Oliver consistently worked to get to know industry professionals from all sectors and learn as much as possible.
In the future, Oliver hopes to join the academy to become a law enforcement officer right here in Salem; however, until he can do that when he turns 21, Oliver has plans to pursue a full-time career as an electrician.
“I feel like through CTEC and other industry professionals I have been able to plant my feet in so many different career paths. I have too many opportunities to ignore here in Salem,” said Oliver.
“I told our graduating seniors that is was truly an honor to be their teacher,” said Duval. “The students we had in our law enforcement program were so resilient and did everything with a passion. I hope they don’t forget what they have been through, and how they can overcome anything in the future.”