Somerset Career and Technology Center (SCTC)
Automotive Technology I & II
This ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified program is designed to teach students how to repair and service gasoline and diesel-powered cars and light duty trucks. First year Auto Technology students are taught general repair work in a safe manner. From there, they will learn vehicle service, engine cooling, brakes, suspension, steering, and front-end alignment. Second year students move on to the electrical aspects of the automobile, such as the Starting and Charging System, Computerized Engine Control, Anti-lock Brakes and Air Bag Systems, Ignition, Fuel Delivery, Suspension, and Drivetrain. Seniors are able to be ASE Certified, Snap-on Multi-meter Certified, and obtain their Maine Motor Vehicle Inspection License after graduating.
The Residential Construction Program is a two-year program that concentrates on the residential carpentry trade. Students learn to work cooperatively in groups to complete projects. They learn organizational and leadership skills that help them to be successful in the workplace. Throughout both years of the program, there is a strong focus on employability skills. In the first year, students receive instruction in the following units: Hand & Power Tools; Building Materials and Fasteners; Floor & Wall Framing; Roof Framing. During the second year, students receive instruction in: Construction Drawings; Energy Efficiency; Basic Stair Construction; Wall Systems; Career Opportunities; Practical Application of Skills.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Students in this program gain knowledge in multiple health care careers through job shadows, community service projects, and clinical experiences. Students learn CPR, first aid, basic anatomy and physiology, and study the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention. SCTC’s CNA program uses the State of Maine Nursing Assistant Curriculum which is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing. Students also have the opportunity to earn up to three college credits from KVCC with completion of the program.
The Cooperative Education Program provides an opportunity for students to participate in an occupational training program for which facilities and courses are not otherwise available at SCTC. This program is designed for the student to spend part of the day at their sending school and part of the day “on the job.” Students attend class with their instructor where job seeking, workplace skills, and personal finance is taught. An arrangement between the school, employer, student, and parents will then be created. The goal is to find training stations that will meet the varying needs and interest and provide appropriate employment for the student.
Culinary I & II
The Culinary Arts program prepares students for a future in the food service industry. Students learn entry-level culinary skills as well as cooking and baking techniques. Students will learn by working in a professional kitchen environment at the high school. First year students focus on: Sanitation and Personal Hygiene; Kitchen Safety; Knife Skills; Standardizing Recipes; Basic Butchery; Mother Sauces; Proper Food Storage; Basic Cooking Methods; Working As A Team. Second year students focus on: Secondary Sauces; Advanced Butchery; Cost and Portion Control; Advanced Baking and Cooking Methods; International and Regional Cuisine. Second year students also have the opportunity to earn their ServSafe Manager certification.
Students in the Digital Graphics Program learn design concepts related to Graphic Design, Digital Photography, and Marketing. Students use professional software and equipment to design and produce a variety of projects including promotional displays, brochures, logos, signage, note pads, decals and custom clothing. In the second year, Digital Graphics students operate an in-house print shop, “DG Print Shop & Design Center.” By aligning “live jobs” for a variety of clients, students are not only able to apply and develop the skills they’ve acquired in the previous year of class, but gain skills in professionalism through real world experience.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education Program is a two year course for students who are interested in working with young children. Students learn about child development and theory, psychology, curriculum development, child guidance and professionalism. Potential Career Areas: Elementary education teacher; Infant toddler specialist; Special education occupations; Therapist/Psychologist/Counselor; Family childcare professional; Pediatric nurse; Early Childhood students have the opportunity to: Earn 6-9 college credits; receive the State of Maine Early Childhood Assistant certification; enroll in the Maine Roads to Quality registry and the ECE career lattice; job shadow; become CPR/First Aid certified; train in various settings, including: Infant/toddler classrooms; Family child care centers; Child care facilities; Preschool; K-8 Elementary classrooms; Special education programs.
This course provides students with the knowledge and background that prepares them for a career in the electrical field.
Students learn electrical safety, tools of the trade, wiring, conduit parts, and assembly. In the first year of this two-year program, students learn the basics of the National Electrical Code and the theory of electricity. Students work in the shop applying the six common wiring methods using industry required tools. During the second year, students continue to advance their studies of the National Electrical Code as well as learning to read blueprints. The students work outside of the shop on practical “live work” projects including, Service Entrance Equipment, Motor Starters, Motor Controls, Electric
Heat, Solar Energy, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Seniors have the opportunity to receive a certification through the National Association of Home Builders.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
The EMT course is an introduction to patient assessment skills. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn 5 credits from KVCC for EMS 111 and be prepared to sit for the EMS Basic Certification Exam. Content includes Management of airway and respiratory problems; Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Techniques of oxygen therapy; Bleeding control and treatment for shock; Soft tissue injuries and fracture care; Principles of spinal immobilization; Fundamentals of triage and transportation of the sick and injured; Treatment modalities for a range of medical, obstetrical, pediatric, environmental and behavioral emergencies.
The Welding Program is held at the Cianbro Training Facility in Pittsfield. Students learn the importance of workplace safety as they train next to Cianbro employees to become certified as a welder. The National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER) provides the curriculum students follow as they learn different types of welding techniques and positions. Students progress at their own pace which allows everyone the chance to become proficient before progressing. The Welding Program can be either a one or two year program depending on a student’s interests and ambitions. Students can earn the OSHA 10 Safety Certification, Cianbro Welding Certifications and NCCER credentials.