ROCKLAND – In honor of the Month of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Maine Education Commissioner Pender Makin visited the Mid-Coast School of Technology to highlight the importance of careers and technical education in providing high-quality career paths, highlighting a wide range of programmatic offers for students and celebrate the powerful teaching and learning in CTE schools, the release said.
In the 2018-2019 and 2021-2022 school years, the number of students in Maine schools increased by nine and four percent, and now 27 Maine schools have more than 9,100 students.
While in the Mid-Coast, Makin met with faculty and students, visited several classes to see the wide range of programs offered at the school, and gained experience along with students. She has worked with students and faculty enrolled in programs related to automatic collisions, bakery and confectionery, welding, carpentry, design technology, marine technology, machine tool design, outdoor management, EMT, certified medical assistants and assistants. This academic year the Mid-Coast was the highest enrollment of the entire academic year and serves students from 21 cities. The school has 18 high school programs as well as adult teaching and college courses taught on site.
“It’s impressive to feel the energy, interaction and excitement of students here in the Mid Coast, and the passion that these faculty, who are leaders in their fields, bring to help students succeed both in class and beyond” said Makin. “Everyone has a way to learn, and everyone has a path to success, and we want to make sure students and families know that careers and technical education are such a vital and vibrant path for young people.
“In schools like the Mid-Coast, students use their hands and mind to gain knowledge and skills in everything from technology and culinary arts to computer design and skilled professions, and learn to collaborate with others, be self-directed, critical think and find joy in what they do. And they can leave here, often with some level of certificate or credit that gives them such a big head start in their career or college. ”
During her meetings with students, many of them talked about how they had to overcome the stigma that still exists around career and technical education, and how they want more people to know about CTE as an option. They highlighted the opportunities they have to achieve real goals, gain experience in their fields, a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them, and learn life skills. Mid-Coast School of Technology director Bobby Ditgen said students “teach skills but also how to have confidence and become leaders”.
The Knox County Act postponed February 3, 2022, to February 9, 2022.