Pinkerton Academy’s Center for Career and Technical Education is one of 26 regional CTE centers in New Hampshire. As a designated center, we comply with the 15 standards for program approval as established by the NH Department of Education and are eligible to receive federal career and technical funding.
We are proud of our curriculum and excellent faculty and staff. Between introductory, business and program specific courses, we offer 70+ different subjects per year serving 3,000 students. Of that number, over 700 upperclassmen are enrolled in the 17 two-year, double period programs.
Our courses are organized around labs that are designed to simulate actual workplace environments. Students use state-of-the-art equipment and perform tasks that are aligned with industry standards.
Career Discovery courses are open to all students but are recommended for 9th and 10th graders. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to elect a number of the introductory, career-discovery courses outlined below to take advantage of the opportunity to explore, experience, and measure personal interest and aptitude. Most students find that these courses provide a good foundation for the advanced level, career-focused programs that are available at the 11th and 12th grade levels (in some cases to 10th graders).
Career Focused programs are available primarily to 11th and 12th graders. Certain programs are available to other underclassmen. The goal of career-focused programs is to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in a skilled occupation and continued study at the post-secondary level. Most of these programs meet two periods per day for two years. Not all programs of study follow that model so please read through the course descriptions for details. Please use the CPPOS for recommended/required program pathways.
This catalog contains basic information about programs in the Center for Career and Technical Education. More information may be found in the “Center for Career and Technical Education Program Selection Guide” which will be distributed to underclassmen in early January and will also be available in the CTE and guidance offices, as well as on the CTE website – www.pinkertonacademy.net/cte. The CTE Program Selection Guide provides detailed information on the registration requirements, safety requirements, insurance coverage, immunization needs, and lab fees for certain courses.
NOTE: Students must complete a registration form to enroll in the first year of certain career-focused programs. Registration forms are found in the front of the CTE Program Selection Guide, on the CTE website and in the CTE office. Early enrollment for the next school year begins when the CTE guides are distributed and ends before February vacation. Some programs fill up, so register early. See the CTE office staff for enrollment criteria, requirements and information.
Several CTE programs have “Running Start” and articulation agreements with colleges and universities including Rivier, the NH Community College system, Southern New Hampshire University, and more. Through the “Running Start” program of the NH Community College system, students have the opportunity to earn college credit in addition to regular high school credit. Credits are transferable to many colleges and universities throughout the country.
Students can earn college credit in the following Career & Technical Education courses:
For more information, speak to Mrs. Untiet in the Career & Technical Education office.