CTEC Celebrates Business Development and Leadership and Law Enforcement Program Launch on September 7 at 11 a.m.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) Career-Technical Education Center (CTEC) is celebrating the opening of two new Career Technical Education (CTE) programs for the 2018-19 school year: Business Development and Leadership and Law Enforcement. The center is hosting a ribbon-cutting and donor recognition event on Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at CTEC, which is located at 3501 Portland Road NE in Salem.

The ribbon-cutting event celebrates the launch of the programs, as well as the nearly $2 million in contributions from the City of Salem, the John and Ginger Niemeyer Foundation, Columbia Bank and other funders who helped make these programs possible. Speakers will include City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, SKPS Superintendent Christy Perry, Columbia Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Ken Jundt, Chuck Lee with Mountain West, teachers and students. Refreshments and tours will follow.

“We are so impressed by what CTEC has accomplished in just three years, and we are so enthusiastic about what the next programs will add,” said the Niemeyers. “CTEC offers an incredible opportunity for young people to gain valuable professional and technical skills that lead to positive futures and benefit area businesses by creating a strong workforce for Salem-Keizer and the region.”

Students enrolled in the Business Development and Leadership program will discover the responsibilities of taking charge. They will develop competitive business mindsets by operating successful CTEC companies, and students will master a wide range of dynamic business strategies for creating, communicating and delivering products and services.

“Columbia Bank is proud to support the construction of CTEC, and we are excited to have our local leadership partner with the business team to deliver financial literacy curriculum to CTEC students,” said Jundt.

Students enrolled in Law Enforcement will work with certified law enforcement professionals in the community. Students will examine state and federal laws and their critical roles in police, corrections and rehabilitation in the criminal justice system. Students will also strengthen their minds and bodies through rigorous mental and physical training, including advanced self-defense tactics.

SKPS CTE students graduate at an impressive rate: the graduation rate for students who participate in one CTE class is 87 percent. That number jumps to 98 percent for students who complete coursework at CTEC.

“At CTEC, we know that when industry and education come together, students succeed and the community benefits,” said CTEC Principal Rhonda Rhodes. “It goes beyond our 98 percent graduation rate. A high school diploma is not the end game for our students. When they leave prepared to thrive in the workforce, everybody wins.”

CTEC is a public-private partnership between Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Mountain West Investment Corporation. CTEC opened in the fall of 2015 with two programs and has been adding two new programs each school year. The current list of CTE programs at CTEC includes:

· Residential Construction
· Manufacturing, Welding and Engineering
· Cosmetology
· Video and Game Design Animation
· Autobody Repair and Painting
· Drone Technology and Robotics
· Business Development and Leadership
· Law Enforcement

Overall, CTEC prepares students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers, while developing the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience to assure success upon graduation. By September 2019, CTEC will be fully built-out with a total of 10 CTE programs serving 1,000 students.

“We are truly grateful for the support and generosity of our public, private and industry partners,” said SKPS Superintendent Christy Perry. “They recognize the value and importance of CTEC and CTE programs for our students, and our local economy will reap the benefits for decades to come.”