PACTEC History

PACTEC History

Since 1989 PACTEC, (formally know as PAVTEC - Portland Area Vocational Technical Education Consortium), has served the high schools in the Washington County and east Columbia County area providing support and guidance to Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Building strong, viable and rewarding opportunities for high school students, teachers and administrators.

“… Students are 8-10 times less likely to drop out in 11th or 12th grades if enrolled in a CTE program rather than general education”—US Dept. of Education, NCEC  June 2010

With the 2006 reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act a strong change in message and emphasis to the intent of the Act emerged.  “Vocational Education” was replaced with “Career Technical Education” (CTE).  So in keeping with the message and intent PAVTEC evolved into PACTEC (Portland Area Career Technical Education Consortium). 

There is now an emphasis on developing challenging academic and technical standards, including the preparation for high-skill, high-wage or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions.  Secondary and Post-Secondary education will partner to provide a link in the continuing education and training opportunities for CTE students.

Funded by grant awardes through the Carl D. Perkins Act, the PACTEC office is a partnership between high school, community college and industry.  By supporting the high school CTE Programs of Study in the Region 2-A, the PACTEC office provides high school students with a bridge to success with options and steps to a viable career. 

With renewed vigor and dedication to student success, PACTEC is continuing to work with Industry to provide targeted education and training opportunities thereby enabling students to make the transition from the high school classroom to the real world.

The State of Oregon is divided into 19 Educational Regions.  The PACTEC office is directed by Beth Molenkamp, Regional Coordinator and Manager of Region 2-A which encompasses 1,500 square miles of Washington County and eastern Columbia County.