• Admissions


    All students are welcomed and encouraged to apply for enrollment in a program at the Center for Technology, Essex (CTE). 

    Admissions Process: 

    1. VISIT: Students interested in attending CTE must visit the program(s) prior to submitting an application. High school students are encouraged to make visit arrangements through their high school counseling office. Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to attend CTE's annual open house.

    2. APPLY: Submit a complete application* to CTE. Applications are accepted beginning January 1st for the following school year; the CTE application priority deadline is the first Friday in March. (Applications received after this date are considered on a space-available basis). 

    * A complete application includes:

    • High school academic transcript including most recent semester (student must meet a minimum of 10 credits/has reached the mid point in their high school graduation proficiencies by the end of their sophomore year)
    • High school attendance & discipline records: Must have acceptable attendance history (no more than 10 days a semester unless there are extenuating circumstances) & appropriate school behavior
    • Must be 16 years old by the time of enrollment to attend any of our programs, with the exception of pre-tech

    3. STEP-UP DAY:  After review of applications, qualified applicants are invited to attend Step-Up Day at CTE which is 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.

    4. DECISION: Admissions 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.

    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.

    Probationary Standing:
    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.

    Appeal: Students not accepted to CTE may appeal the decision to the Technical Center Director.


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    Required Application Materials:

    *Visit & Complete an application (link below)
    *Transcript that includes current year progress
    *Attendance Records
    *Discipline Records 


    CTE Admission Committee may include:

    * CTE School Counselors
    * CTE Program Instructors
    * Student Services
    * CTE Director or Assistant Director
    * Adult Services Coordinator (when appropriate)