Vocational and technical schools, formerly called vocational schools, have undergone many changes over the years.


Aroostook County, Maine (WAGM) – Over the years, vocational and technical schools or CTEs have undergone many changes. These changes range from the gradual shift away from the stigma that students who do not go to college will go to vocational school to gender stereotypes in non-traditional programs.

“When I was a student, in fact I was a fairly decent student academically, a guidance counselor told me I didn’t belong here. So we’ve worked a long time to break down this stigma that this is a place for all students, not just those who are good with their hands and not academically, but to be a good Vocational or CTE student you have to be good with your hands and your head, ”said Ralph Conroy, alumnus now principal of PI and Caribou CTE school.

Alison Britton, who is also a former student and now an early childhood education teacher, said: “People thought CTE was traditional vocational education and I think it was kind of considered for students who had. struggling academically, they could at least learn skills to find a job, I think now we really appreciate that kind of career and we recognize that these are skilled careers and they require some academic strengths, so that students are really encouraged to participate in programs here now.

Over the years, there has been a real push to encourage women to attend CTE schools.

“In fact, some of our most successful students in our challenging trades programs, including our welding program, our automotive technology program, and even our extensive maintenance equipment program, are female students,” said Tracy Corbin. , guidance counselor for Caribou Tech.

Another difference is the hardware available for use in some of the programs compared to what was available years ago.

Josh Murchie, a former student now an automatic collision instructor at Houlton Region Two, said: “The materials used, what I was taught to spray in 08–09 versus the water-based paints that exist now, c is the big change, just more environmentally friendly – safer to use.

Any student interested in attending CTE schools is encouraged to speak to their guidance counselor.

The CTE schools in the county are:

  • Caribou Technology Center
  • MSAD # 24
  • Presque Isle Regional Career and Technology Center
  • Region Two School of Applied Technology
  • St. John Valley Technology Center

To find a complete list of CTE schools in Maine, you can visit this website, mainecte.org/find/

Adriana Sanchez NewsSource 8

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