CTEC getting ready to start

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes John Honey and Chuck Lee are used to the start of a school year. After all, the two men have about 70 years of experience in the education field. Honey was principal at McNary High School until his current gig, while Lee recently won his third term on the Salem-Keizer School Board. But this is a little different. The two veteran educators have been putting together the school district’s new Career Technical Education Center in the former Neilsen Manufacturing building at 3501 Portland Road NE in Salem. Honey is principal of CTEC, while Lee is president of the Mountain West Career Technical Institute. Mountain West entered into a partnership with the school district to develop and operate CTEC. When CTEC opens next month there will be 180 students – 42 of whom are MHS students – and two programs: manufacturing and construction. Lee and Honey are scrambling to get the building ready. A prime example was seen Monday as Keizer City Councilors and several citizens came for a tour: the dead brown grass was being spray painted green. “When we’re at capacity we’ll have 10 programs, 1200 kids and 65 staff members,” Honey said, noting that is expected to happen in five years, with two programs added each year. “This will never be a school; it will be a program. Students will never...

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