Career and Technical Education Center at Heintz
About Us

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Our Beginning...

In 2012, the city of Rochester decided to allocate sales tax dollars to create a unique learning environment for the students of Southeastern Minnesota. During 2013, 6.5 million dollars were collected from tax dollars and given to Rochester Career and Technical College to build an additional facility on their land.  This property would be maintained by RCTC; however, daytime programming would be provided by the staff of Rochester Public Schools for high school students from the area.   


Our Pathways...

The community determined the pathways based on their future employment needs.  Additionally, community members worked with educators from RCTC and RPS to develop the content of the courses within each pathway. 

Courses were designed to meet the needs of three types of learners: 

  • Students that wanted to go directly from high school into the work force.  Certifications including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Safe Serv can be obtained through CTECH courses.
  • Students that want to continue into higher education.  Opportunities to earn college credit will exist in many of the pathways.  Examples of this include articulated credit through RCTC in the area of residential construction.  University of MN credit can be obtained through the engineering pathway.
  • Students who are undetermined of their future plans.  CTECH courses are a great way to explore a variety of career opportunities.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in these fields at this time; providing a deeper understanding of each of the pathways.

Frequently Asked Questions... 

1. How is CTECH different than PSEO?

While there is opportunity to earn articulated or dual credit with some courses at CTECH, students are not enrolled as full or part time college students.  Students will remain full time Rochester Public School students at their home high school and continue to take coursework at their neighborhood school while attending a block course at CTECH.

For specific information about PSEO, please click here

2. How does the schedule work?

CTECH courses are offered on a block schedule.  Typically, courses meet for two class periods (or one block) during a semester.  There are 3 blocks offered daily and students earn 1.0 credit per block course.  In most cases, students will attend their home high school for their core, required coursework and take one block class at CTECH.

This schedule includes time for travel between sites. Transportation is provided between CTECH, the Heintz Center, and each comprehensive high school and the Rochester Alternative Learning Center.

For an example of what a typical schedule might look like, check out page 13 of the CTECH Course Guide.

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