Career and technical education helps students learn important professional skills. Students learn primary skills in service, industry, and finance, including banking, construction, or hospitality. Research shows that students at successful career and technical academies may also be more successful in post-secondary education programs, including colleges and universities.

However, traditional vocational education also includes potential limitations. For example, technical training may focus learning in fields that become obsolete or outdated. In addition, technicians and other professionals sometimes struggle to advance their careers beyond technical skills.

In contrast, maker education emphasizes best practice that promotes collaboration, communication, and leadership. Integrated study helps students learn 21st century skills that support meaningful professional careers. At the heart of our school is a professional fabrication workshop. Our “makeshop” program helps students develop and lead solutions for the next generation of products and services.