TAKING STEPS TOWARD SUCCESS: APPLYING TO THE CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY, ESSEX
All students are welcomed and encouraged to apply for enrollment in a program at the Center for Technology, Essex (CTE). Our application process is designed to ensure that every student who applies is aware of the prerequisites and rigors of the technical programs at CTE and is ready to make a commitment.
CTE is an award-winning career development center that strives to prepare young people and adults for current and emerging careers. Students who successfully complete CTE programs (in one or two years) are eligible for careers in their field and for post-secondary educational opportunities. It is important that students who apply to CTE understand that their academic skills, career aptitude and genuine interest are essential components for future success. Every CTE student will engage in applied academic-technical education that meets high school graduation requirements while also focusing on workplace preparation and direct workplace experiences. We are invested in our students and in their success. We welcome your interest in our school.
Admissions Proccess: Each of the following steps is important for all applicants. In addition, procedures for adult applicants, second year/apprentice applicants, and for special populations students are attached.
1. ORIENTATION SESSION: Learn about the programs at CTE by meeting with a counselor and previewing the CTE video, brochure and program descriptions, by visiting the web site at www.gocte.org or attending the annual CTE open house.
2. VISIT: Students interested in attending CTE visit the program(s) prior to application (students are encouraged to visit two different programs). Visits are arranged through the CTE office; high school students are encouraged to make visit arrangements through their high school guidance office.
3. APPLY: A student interested in a particular program at CTE submits a complete application * to the CTE Guidance Coordinator. Applications are accepted beginning January 1 for the following school year; the CTE application deadline is the second Friday in March. (Applications received after this date are considered on a space-available basis; summer applicants attend an orientation prior to acceptance into a program).
* A complete application includes high school academic transcript including most recent semester, high school attendance records including most recent semester, all requested signatures and information and all relevant educational information.
4. STEP-UP DAY: Step-Up Day at CTE will be held in March / April (check web calendar for date).
This is an important next step to determine the appropriateness of the program for the applicant. High school students will be invited to attend Step-Up Day who (based on application materials):
* have junior or senior year credit (minimum 10 credits)
* have acceptable attendance history (no more than 10 days a semester unless there are extenuating circumstances
* will be at least 16 years old by first day of school
5. DECISION: The CTE Admissions Committee will meet following Step-Up Day and review each student’s application. The committee will review: accompanying materials and information, feedback on safe and appropriate behavior and any assignments from Step-Up Day. Classes are configured using a pre-determined class size number. Priority is given to applicants who meet suggested prerequisites as outlined in the program descriptions. Decisions will be made in April and forwarded to sending schools and sent to the applicant. Once the class size is reached and the program is full, additional qualified applicants will be placed in a waiting pool.
APPEAL: Students not accepted to CTE may appeal the decision to the Technical
CTE Admission Committee may include:
* CTE Guidance Counselors
* CTE Program Instructors
* Student Services
* CTE Director or Assistant Director
* Adult Services Coordinator (when appropriate)
A student not accepted to CTE may re-apply the following year. These students will be advised as to how they can prepare for a future successful application.
If at any point in the process questions arise regarding an applicant’s suitability for the particular program, or for CTE as a whole, the appropriate person(s) at the sending school or agency will be consulted.
All students enter CTE on a probationary status for ten CTE school days. During this timeframe, a student’s willingness to embrace the CTE code of behavior and to develop workplace readiness skills is assessed.
Continued Probationary Standing may be recommended if a student shows promise but needs more time for assessment. The sending school guidance counselor is notified if a student is being considered for extended probation.
Students enrolled after the tenth school day will be placed on probationary status until the end of the first grade report.