Many of you may have heard about the Career and Technical Education Center in Salem. Recently I had the privilege of touring CTEC thanks to the President of the school Chuck Lee. If you are not familiar with CTEC, it is Salem’s own technical school located on Portland Road in the former Neilsen Manufacturing building. Not only is the physical facility impressive, but the vision the school has for helping children further their education is inspiring. I loved the fact that the school allows students the opportunity to learn a skill and or trade that is no longer taught in our education system.
Currently CTEC has a welding program and a construction program. Along with teaching students the hands on skills to perform these jobs, they have classrooms where the students can learn CAD programs, history, architecture, and other subjects that are directly applicable to what they are building. CTEC is a visionary school with plans to expand their programs. Some of the additional programs they will be adding are cosmetology, culinary and 3D design. CTEC will be hosting a job fair on May 2, as well as the annual golf tournament on May 7. For more information, you can visit their website at www.ctecsalemkeizer.com.
I could not be prouder of our community for establishing this facility. I will be a strong advocate in the legislature for local control and community participation in our education system. These are important components that help make schools like CTEC succeed. The children of our community, of every community, deserve the best opportunities to learn and thrive. This is one of the reasons, I decided to run for State Representative. I am working hard, but I can’t do it by myself! Join our team, volunteer today, and let’s make the change together.
Keeping the faith,