Career Services

Value of Industry at the Table

At CTEC, we don’t do programs just for education’s sake—we strive to keep each program relevant to a broad range of related industries and professions. Each program is designed to set a foundation for the students to build their careers and lives upon. This means we need professionals of many types, from all related industries, engaging with the program staff and students to inform and shape the program.

It’s crucial we have industry at the table in all stages: program planning, curriculum review, authentic work projects, job shadows, site visits, guest speakers, demonstrations, resume and portfolio reviews, presentation evaluations, real interviews and more! Each year, we challenge ourselves to increase the meaningful and authentic interactions with industry for each program. We desire for students to understand the industries and professions they may choose—and be prepared to take the steps they need to pursue them. While monetary donations are appreciated and equip our students to do more, time is even more valuable to our students! We need you to invest time and energy with our programs to help better prepare our students for the future workforce.

The Benefit to Your Business

Not only does this investment benefit our students, it also benefits our industry partners. Our partners showcase their companies and their professions—creating a long-term pipeline of talent for their workforce. Professionals can also spend regularly-recurring, hands-on time in the program so they can identify strong future candidates, provide training to further prepare candidates with skillsets their company is looking to hire, and see how each student interacts with peers and professionals. In essence, if you’re willing to invest the time, you could use this as a long-term interview, which makes hiring much more successful and can save you a lot of money!

Industry Advisory Committees

Each CTEC program has its own Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). IACs include approximately 10 key industry partners who meet quarterly to give input and advise the development of the program. If you’d like to learn more or get involved, please fill out the contact form.


Request a Tour

Fill out the form to sign up for the regular weekly tours or to set a time that works for you and/or your staff.

Get Involved

If you’re ready to get involved, please fill out our Industry Engagement form below. Let us know where your expertise and skills can make a difference for CTEC students.

Tell us how you would like to get involved. (Please select all that apply)

IAC members assist educators in establishing, operating, and evaluating the CTEC programs, and provide expertise and insight about industry and technological changes.

This one-day event is strategically designed to introduce you to CTEC students who are seeking apprenticeships, college programs, and employment opportunities.

Industry members get the opportunity to showcase their expertise, skills, and company though hands-on activities.

Industry members introduce students to potential careers. They provide students with a look at the world of work and the range of career opportunities available to them.

Host a group of CTEC students and provide them the opportunity to experience what your company is all about.

CTEC strives to provide real-world experiences to students, which requires materials. Support CTEC by making monetary contributions or donating materials.

Presenters each provide students with the ins and outs of their profession through a hands-on, interactive, and engaging presentation.

Evaluate student presentations and professional skills. Teachers provide an evaluation rubric and project description to evaluate each student or group of students.

Provide an opportunity for students to develop their interview skills and receive feedback on their resumes.

Provide an opportunity for students to hear about a particular occupation, the preparation and knowledge the occupation requires, as well as other interesting information.

Assist teachers with student projects in the shop or in the classroom on a regular basis.

CTEC is a great place to advertise any job openings you are looking to fill. Send us your posting information and we will share it with our current students and alumni.


Learning that Works Capital Campaign

Can you help us fully build-out CTEC and its 10 incredible programs by 2019? With a total capital budget of $17 million, CTEC is efficiently using resources to transform a 150,000 square-foot former manufacturing facility into a career technical education center—and a future workforce training site for community partners and businesses. Mountain West Investment Corporation has contributed $9 million, with another $7 million raised to-date. We are seeking public sector, foundation, industry and individual support to make our innovative vision a reality. Help us raise the final $1 million by 2019! Contact Kim Hanson, CTEC Director of Development at 503-399-5511 for more information.

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Industry Sponsorships

Industry support is key to the success of CTEC. Whether a financial contribution, an in-kind donation of materials or the gift of time, having industry engaged makes all the difference in achieving positive outcomes. As the Learning that Works Capital Campaign winds down, we are developing an annual sponsorship program. Companies can join at different levels with corresponding marketing and engagement benefits. Check back in 2019 for details or reach out to Katie Hawkins, CTEC Business Liaison, at 503-399-5511.

Authentic Projects for Real-World Experience

Each CTEC program provides students with authentic work experiences. From manufacturing hop hooks for area farmers to building a residential home to operating a full-service salon that is open to the public, students are exposed to real work experience. We welcome your ideas for future authentic work projects that can benefit the community. Please fill out the contact form below if you have ideas.

In-Kind Equipment and Materials

CTEC welcomes the donation of equipment and materials that can benefit student learning. Reach out and let us know what you have to contribute. The value of your in-kind donation is tax deductible.