Do You Have a Role in Building Tomorrow’s Workforce?
Consider a Career as a CTE Teacher and Use Your Industry Experience to Prepare the Next Generation for Success
The state’s 28 Career and Technical Education centers take learning beyond the classroom, teaching students the theory, then bringing them out to the lab, workshop or worksite to apply that knowledge to real-world applications. This blend of rigorous academics and applied learning provides students the opportunity to explore their interests, talents and ambitions in a dynamic and interactive setting.
The lynchpin in these programs is the unique character of the CTE teacher, who typically has years of industry experience before making the transition to the classroom. Whether they come from construction sites, hospitals or engineering companies, CTE teachers have one thing in common: their desire to have a meaningful job that has a positive and active impact on young lives.
Second Career Opportunities
CTE teachers typically make the transition from industry to classroom because they want their work to have a more personal impact on shaping the lives and careers of tomorrow’s workforce.
CRTC Criminal Justice teacher, Gail Beaudoin, has over three decades of law enforcement experience, including 11 years as a Criminal Bureau detective, and was the first female in the Chelmsford, MA, Police Department to attain the rank of Lieutenant. She’s been with the CRTC since 2017.
“What excites me the most about being a CTE teacher is sharing my personal experiences from on the job with my students. At the end of the day, I get great satisfaction from knowing that I’ve had a real impact in helping to build the next generation of Criminal Justice professionals.”
Most CRTC teachers had more than 10 years of industry experience before transitioning to the classroom (nine have over 20 years).
Making the Transition
Recognizing the need to draw more industry professionals into CTE, state education officials and legislators have made it easier for career professionals to make the transition to the classroom by simplifying the credentialing process and allowing credit for industry experience.
The CRTC has a supportive mentoring process to take you from your initial interest to certification three years into your career. And the NH-CTE, our state organization, has a consultant available at no cost to walk you through every step of the process.
Here’s How It Works
If you have an interest and want to learn more:
- Call us to have a chat. We can provide you with more specific information about the CRTC, answer your questions, set up a tour of our classroom, shop and lab spaces, and introduce you to some of our teachers. This may be just an “idea” for you at this point – we are eager to help you flesh it out.
- Connect with NH-CTE consultant Barney Keenan, who’s job is to educate you about the hiring and certification processes, answer your questions and shepherd you through the procedure at no cost to you.
If you want to apply for a CRTC teaching position:
- To apply, you will need a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the NH Dept of Education. The prerequisite for most CRTC teaching pathways is legitimate experience in the career field to be taught. The cost is $50. (NH-CTE Consultant Barney Keenan can walk you through this process). No teaching experience is necessary to get an SOE.
- Submit a cover letter and resume to our office. These two documents start the process.
- Normally the Praxis Core Test is a necessary step toward becoming a certified NH teacher. However, the test is waived if a CTE teacher has a valid significant-level industry credential (EMT, ASE, RN, CW, Cosmetology, Master Plumber, etc.). A degree is not sufficient for a waiver.
If you get hired for a CRTC teaching position:
- Once hired, the Alternative IV certification process kicks in, a streamlined system of gaining state teaching certification.
- A plan to gain teaching and CTE competencies is established. This plan involves a handful of courses, a CTE teaching boot camp, and significant field-based mentoring.
- The CRTC is particularly proud of its onboarding process. We have a robust support system here that thrives on teamwork and collaboration, so you will be mentored, supported and encouraged every step of the way.
For More Information:
Director Steve Rothenberg
Concord Regional Technical Center
170 Warren St. Concord NH 03301