St. Croix Regional Technical Center provides quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) for high school students in eastern Washington County. There are nine different trade programs that provide students a foundation for many career pathways. The trade areas range from Computer Technology to Residential Construction and Business Management to Automotive Technology. Students earn state licenses in Certified Nursing Assistant and Commercial Truck Driving. They earn national certifications from the American Welding Society-AWS and National Restaurant Association-ServSafe. There are also opportunities for earning college credits, such as six credits in Early Childhood Education. Students achieve all of this while engaging in experiential learning that often involves interacting with the local community through clinical practice and community service projects. The skills learned at St. Croix Tech are transferrable to any future job. Safe work practices are our first priority. Students engage in teamwork, time management, and problem solving. Their projects require planning and communication. The career programs provide students the opportunity to take all of the academic skills they have acquired and apply them in a live work setting. Programs are based on state and national industry standards to teach students the technical skills used in today’s workplace. All of our instructors have worked in the trade areas they teach and bring that experience to the classroom. CTE programs provide at least 350 hours of learning to enable students to master skills and earn certifications. CTE is education with a purpose. St. Croix Tech is open to all students from Calais, Shead, and Woodland High Schools. Home-schooled students from these districts can also attend. There are other unique opportunities at St. Croix Tech such as the National Technical Honor Society that recognizes students for their leadership, skills, and community service. Students can also participate in SkillsUSA for professional development and the opportunity to compete in their trade area at the state and national level. To attend one of our programs, call 454-2581 or contact your high school guidance counselor. You can find us on Facebook.com/stcroixtech.
Stanley Sluzenski Director, St. Croix Regional Technical Center