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Welcome to PACTEC

If you are a student or parent and want to know more about a Program of Study visit our student-friendly website at:

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We used to call it “Vocational Education” and before that just “Shop Class.” Today our world has changed and the focus is Career & Technical Education (CTE). The members of PACTEC are actively working to provide the promise that America will have the next generation of skilled workers, innovators in technology, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Learn more about PACTEC.

As we move forward into Perkins V we will continue to improve our benchmark scores and improve our Programs of Study. We will begin a new renewal cycle for state approval that will make the renewal process more relevant for the administrators, teachers, community partners, and students. The renewal cycle will be detailed later in this manual.

During the next few years, the Consortium and Region will concentrate on ensuring equity in all CTE Programs of Study and increase community involvement in the programs through recruiting and strengthening the programs’ relationships with industrial partners. The focus on these goals will continue to enrich all of our Programs of Study by giving industrial partners the opportunity to share resources with teachers and school districts in order to provide quality career education to all students that want to prepare for further education and a career after graduating from school.

Another aspect to the PACTEC office is the Dual Credit program, offering high school students the opportunity of earning college credit while still in high school. Dual Credit courses are offered in both the Career and Technical Education subjects and University Transfer subjects.

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You can contact any member of the PACTEC team through mail, email, or by phone.

As a student, you might be wondering if a 4 year degree program is your only college option? Not necessarily! St. Helens Auto Shop

According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, there are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages and do not require a 4 year degree. These jobs require some college or community college education or training, but not a Bachelor’s degree.

You have choices – learn more about your options.