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Christopher M. Kelly M.Ed, Career and Technical Education Director
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At Holyoke High School Dean Campus, students are able to explore and ultimately select a career vocational technical education (CVTE) pathway. The school's well-equipped facility helps prepare students to embark on their career path directly after graduation or to continue 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. All vocational opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, sex, gender-identity, religion, national origin, English language proficiency, disability, sexual orientation, or homelessness status.

Dean Offers Nine CVTE Programs

The Dean Campus hosts the school’s career, vocational and technical education (CVTE) program and features nine programs: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing: The Advanced Manufacturing program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the field of Advanced Manufacturing. The program provides students with foundational skills that include the operation of a lathe, milling machine, grinder, and drill press – and eventually organizing and running complex jobs using 3D printing and CNC machines.

  • 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 to repair and refinish vehicles in today’s collision repair industry.

  • Carpentry: The Carpentry Program provides students with skills such as building, remodeling, finish carpentry, cabinet making, millwork, and CAD/CAM CNC Router Machining. Students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through various on- and off-campus building projects and 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.

  • Culinary Arts: The Culinary Arts Program equips students with a solid foundation including a wide range of culinary techniques, menu planning, costs, baking, 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, and managing and producing 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 various simulations, lab experiments, on- and off-campus projects, and 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

  • 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.