Career Vocational Technical Education Programs

Dean Campus CVTE Programs

At Holyoke High School Dean Campus, students are able to explore and ultimately select a career vocational technical education (CVTE) pathway. The state-of-the-art facility helps prepare students for embarking on their career path directly after graduation, or for continuing their education at a higher level institution.  Dean Campus serves students in grades 9-12, and provides them with access to the full high school experience through its CVTE program, which features: Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Diesel Technology, Electrical, Health Assisting, Machine Technology, and Programming and Web Development.

Auto Collision

The Auto Collision Program teaches students about welding, straightening, and the most current methods of preparation and refinishing vehicles. Ultimately, students gain the necessary knowledge and skills associated with repairing and refinishing vehicles in today’s collision repair industry. Students have the opportunity to work on automobiles supplied by the general public by using the  shop’s state-of-the-art hand, air, and electric tools – as well as painting and refinishing equipment, paint mixing machine, prep stations, and down draft spray booth.

Carpentry

The Carpentry Program provides students with skills such as building, remodeling, finish carpentry, cabinet making, millwork, and CAD/CAM CNC Router Machining. Students also learn about wood frame construction, blueprint reading, building code and theory, energy efficient construction, estimating and project management. Students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through a variety of on- and off-campus building projects as well as diverse projects in the fully-equipped, modern and professional mill carpentry workshop at Dean. 

Cosmetology

The Cosmetology Program prepares students for careers in the cosmetology and beauty industries. Students complete the state mandated 1,000 hours of course work and hands-on experience through project-based, hands-on instruction which incorporates all facets of hair and skin care, cosmetology theory studies, and nail care. Throughout the program, as skills are developed, students have the opportunity to practice their abilities through work on clients in the updated, well-equipped, training salon at Dean.  In their senior year, students are prepared to sit for the Massachusetts Cosmetology and Barbering State Board examination. 

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts Program equips students with a solid foundation including a wide range of culinary techniques, menu planning, costs, baking, as well as restaurant management and the principles of quality customer service. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to  practice their skills and knowledge of the culinary industry by preparing and serving lunch at the HHS Dean Campus Café, as well as participating and facilitating on- and off-campus catering events.  

Diesel Technology

The Diesel Technology Program teaches students about engines, brake systems, steering systems, suspension systems, and general electrical repairs necessary for entry-level diesel technician positions.Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through simulated engine malfunctions, performing preventative maintenance, as well as the management and production of diverse projects. 

Electrical

The Electrical Program provides students with critical electrical skills such as wiring, repair work, installation of lighting fixtures, data systems, fiber optics, and transformers in a variety of newly constructed and existing structures. Students learn about blueprints, schematics, wiring design, layout, and cost estimation. Throughout the program students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through a variety of simulations, lab experiments, on- and off-campus projects as well as diverse projects in the fully-equipped, modern and professional electrical shop. 

Health Assisting

The Health Assisting program offers students the foundation of one of the most rewarding and fastest growing career pathways. Students study anatomy and physiology, growth and development, medical terminology, infectious disease, nutrition and more. At various points in the program students will be able to participate in clinical experiences at area hospitals, nursing homes, and/or other facilities that will provide real-world experience that truly offers a glimpse into the healthcare industry.  In their senior year, students are prepared to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam, in which a passing score provides students with the credentials necessary to secure an entry-level position at various healthcare facilities.

Machine Technology

The Machine Technology program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the field of Advanced Manufacturing. The program provides students with foundational skills that includes the operation of a lathe, milling machine, grinder, and drill press.  As students increase their skills they advance to organizing and running complex jobs using 3D printing and CNC machines. Students receive instruction in blueprint reading, quality control, and process planning.

Programming and Web Development

The Programming and Web Development program prepares students to work professionally in the field of software engineering and full stack software development. Students become proficient in computer programs and languages such as Photoshop, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Unity, and C#. Students learn how computers work,how to  solve technology problems,and how to design websites and apps. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained on diverse projects for the school and various district departments.

CVTE Contact

Laurie Denis
Career Vocational Technical Education Director

ldenis@hps.holyoke.ma.us

Phone: (413) 534-2071/72

About Dean

1045 Main Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 534-2071/72
(413) 536-9694 (fax)

Grades 9-12
Hours: 7:45 AM – 2:30 PM (M, T, Th, F)
Early release Wednesdays at 1:40 PM

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