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Career and Technical Education Center (CTEH)


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Organization Information

Organization: Career and Technical Education Center (CTEH)

Sector: Education Institution

Organization Mission: Our mission is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society. We are “Committed to Excellence”, and we work hard to make the site a primary source for timely information for all users, and a main gateway for improved communication between parents, teachers, students and other members of our community.


What is CTECH?

Career and Technical Education Center at Heintz (CTECH) is a dynamic collaboration between Rochester Public Schools, Rochester Community and Technical College, University Center Rochester, Winona State University Rochester, and our professional community. CTECH offers an inspiring, hands-on program, combining rigorous coursework with active project-based learning in a collaborative setting for students who want to gain a deep understanding of, and actively participate in, high demand professions.


Get Inspired.

Students will learn in a real world setting immediately seeing the relevance of what they are learning in a field of interest to them. Students discover a new level of motivation and collaboration and gain the skill sets needed to excel in the 21st century workplace.


Get Challenged.

From day one, CTECH students are engaged in a professional setting.  Guest instructors, 1:1 mentors, internships opportunities, preparation for industry certification and professional, community partnerships are a focus of class time. The program is designed to strategically position students with a competitive edge for college applications and career pathways.


Get Empowered.

Earn potential college credit.  Many of the courses at CTECH are articulated with local and regional community and technical colleges.  Students that complete Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses are eligible for college credits from select post secondary institutions.

Prepare for industry certification.  CTECH courses prepare students for such exams as the Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid or the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.  Students completing courses in the Hospitality Pathway will have the opportunity for Skills USA certification.

Position yourself for future internships with a resume and professional experience rarely seen among high school students.  More importantly, acquire confidence, communication skills, work ethic and professionalism you will need to succeed.


Related News and Status


Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Education, Workforce Development

September 09, 2016 PB: CTEH Opens

The funding for the majority of the newly constructed building was paid for with a half-cent citywide sales tax, approved by voters in November 2012. Construction on the building began in August 2015.

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April 04, 2019: Journey to Growth Plan $25M loan fund

PB: "As part of J2G, lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are seeking to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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April 03, 2019: SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative

April 30, 2019 Beyond Minnesota Nice Conference: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities

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March 29, 2019: America’s City for Health

Engage area leaders about the need to converge various health/wellness initiatives to collective impact. 

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March 13, 2019: Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM)

State lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are pushing to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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March 05, 2019: Rochester-Olmsted County Youth commission

The Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission is bringing the Tents of Witness exhibit to Rochester on April 13th – April 16th. 

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March 05, 2019: Alternative Learning Center - A Success Story (We want you back)

A success story about ALC.  "We want you back" on YouTube. A Hmong student's high school graduation journey after quitting school to work to help support his family at the age of 16.

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February 23, 2019: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

2019-02-23 2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 

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January 28, 2019: Race Exhibit Returns to Rochester

Updates from Tony Williams, Science Museum of Minnesota

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November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:


Lvl 1: Education ; Workforce Development

Lvl 2: C2C: Post-Secondary ; C2C: Workforce Participation

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Site Information
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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