Career and Technical Education
The Career and Technical Education programs in Pawtucket are designed to provide students with the academic and applied skills they need to be successful in the workforce as well as postsecondary education. In an effort to meet the needs and interests of our diverse student body, our high schools offer a variety of CTE programs that are designed to prepare students for a specific field or area of focus. Students are expected to complete a program of study that includes both required and suggested courses. Participation in internships and work-based learning experiences is also an expectation of the program. Additionally, CTE courses may be taken for college credit. Certifications will be noted on participating students’ transcripts upon successful completion of the program. Concurrent and Dual Enrollment opportunities are also offered in some of our CTE programs.
Our current CTE Pathways are:
The Dance program is process-oriented and is designed to immerse students in the fundamentals of dance from beginner to advanced Technique. The program teaches dance techniques in Ballet and Modern Dance as well as Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).
The course of study for majors also includes anatomy & injury prevention, dance history, choreography, and pedagogy skills. In addition, dancers are exposed to a variety of styles and techniques through visiting artists and residency programs with various professional dance companies. In and out of the classroom, formal and informal performances help students develop performance skills and the ability to give and take constructive criticism from their peers and Dance Artists from the community.
In Advanced Dance Technique, students focus on the audition process, concert/dance production, and choreography, culminating in a formal dance concert. All dancer majors are expected to perform or work backstage for this concert on an annual basis starting in their first year. The Dance department is designed to graduate students with the ability to successfully audition into a college dance program or move directly into the field of Dance Education, Performance, or Choreography.
The focus of this program is a four-course Project Lead The Way (PLTW) sequence that allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future. Each course in the Biomedical Science sequence builds on the skills and knowledge students gain in the preceding courses.
The Engineering Technician Program is an academic and technologically comprehensive program that explores the varied disciplines within the field of engineering. A main emphasis of our program is on the engineering design process, a way of thinking that encourages deductive reasoning and data-driven decision making. Students will utilize a variety of state-of-the-art equipment and industry-standard tools and technologies to impart the foundations upon which an engineering career is built. Computer applications, professional communication skills, and strong work ethic are emphasized over the four years using Project Lead The Way as the curriculum foundation.
Director of CTE & Unified Arts
Ricardo Pimentel has over 20 years experience as a teacher, school administrator and currently serves at the district level as the Director of CTE & Unified Arts. Ricardo has been with the Pawtucket School Department since 2003. For thirteen years, he was an English and Theater Teacher at the Charles E. Shea High School. He then moved on to become an Administrator where he was the Director of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts for five years. For the past three years, Mr. Pimentel has been at the helm of our CTE & Unified Arts Department.
Mr. Pimentel oversees our career and technical education programming, visual and performing arts programming as well as career exploration and arts enrichment. Mr. Pimentel strives to provide academic, career-driven and artistic opportunities for our students. Through his leadership, CTE programming in Pawtucket has increased at both Shea and Tolman and he continues to explore new programming based on the Pawtucket labor needs and student interests. He has also increased Middle School feeder programs with the addition of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses in Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Science. Mr. Pimentel has also created Citywide Arts groups for Elementary Chorus, Middle School Band, Middle School Chorus, Middle School Musical Theater and High School Musical Theater. In addition, Mr. Pimentel has increased our student engagement, bringing augmented and virtual reality technology with zSpace labs and computers in grades 3-12. Community outreach and engagement is also a major part of the work Mr. Pimentel does with CTE and Unified Arts. We have many community partnerships and programs providing opportunities for Pawtucket students such as the Career Fair and May Arts Night held every Spring.
His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education, a Master’s Degree in Visual and Media Arts and an additional Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Pimentel holds several certifications: Secondary Grades English Teacher, Grades 7-12; Building Level Administrator PK-12; Administrator of Curriculum and Instruction; and Superintendent of Schools.
Career & Work-Based Learning Liaison
Tiffany Reaves is a dedicated professional serving as the Career & Work-Based Learning Liaison for the Pawtucket School District with a profound commitment to guiding students on their educational journeys. Tiffany brings a unique perspective to her role, as she is a graduate of a Technical institution herself. Her firsthand experience with a hands-on approach to learning has not only influenced her career but also shaped her outlook on professionalism and commitment.
She firmly believes in the power of showing up for oneself, a lesson she learned through her own experiences. Tiffany’s dedication to helping students discover their potential and fostering their growth is driven by her personal journey. In her role, Tiffany collaborates with community partners and works closely with the district’s exceptional Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. Her aim is to build and nurture relationships that provide students with up-close and personal insights into various career pathways. Through these connections, Tiffany facilitates internship opportunities, organizes workshops, and field trips as well as assists with resume writing and assessments that offer students invaluable real-world experiences.
Tiffany Reaves is committed to empowering students with the knowledge and opportunities they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Her work is a testament to her passion for education and her belief in the transformative power of hands-on learning.