ROCHESTER - Some 250 Rochester Middle School eighth-graders recently attended tours of the R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, learning more about the career technical education programs it offers.
Attendees learned about the 17 career pathways at the center, visiting programs from Accounting to Video and Photographic Arts.
Incoming Spaulding High School students were greeted by CTE Ambassadors, a new program started this year. About 50 student ambassadors guided students, explained programs and shared their experiences and personal growth in career technical education.
Freshmen may take a variety of exploratory classes, and select pathways starting in their sophomore year.
Incoming Spaulding ninth-graders who attend the Paul School and St. Elizabeth Seton School will visit Creteau Center in the coming weeks.
"I always enjoy talking with staff and prospective students during these tours," Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. "It's special to see students experience what the Creteau Center has to offer, and discover an interest or passion that can last a lifetime."
The Creteau Center is part of the Tri-City Opportunities, which offers high school students in Rochester, Somersworth, and Dover the ability to access career technical programs at their partnering schools, allowing for more diversity of programs and overall opportunities.
"The tours are a great opportunity for students to meet our Ambassadors, to hear their CTE story, and ask questions that will help guide them into their own pathway!" said Michele Halligan-Foley, Director of Career Technology Education.
Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year closes on March 4. Applicants will be interviewed in March, and learn about their acceptance in April. Applications by students after March 4 will be reviewed if openings remain available in April.
To visit the Creteau Center website, click here.