Many members of the OCTE secondary panel are teachers at Ontario high schools. Some of them have become tech teachers after a career in industry with many qualifications, such as Red Seal Certificate of Qualification in the trades. Others come from industries that utilize broad-based technologies or design elements, and combine management with educational experience. Still others have completed their B. Ed. Tech, or have other educational qualifications through AQ courses that enable them to reach students through experiential education.
OCTE secondary teachers are experts in manufacturing, robotics, personal care services, green industries and energy technologies, computer engineering, construction trade specializations, mining, transportation industries, and professional hospitality and tourism roles. They handle communication technologies, design software, and teach planning and project management. They teach core subjects of Math, English, History, and Geography linked with real life technological applications that put people to work. They leverage their ties from the world of work to find unique industry placements for students to have enhanced experiential learning. They run SHSM, Specialist High Skills Major programs, and OYAP, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, preparing well-trained, safety-minded young people to become tomorrow's industry leaders.
OCTE teachers have been instrumental in developing the Emphasis Courses in the Ministry of Education Technological Education Curriculum. They ensure that Canada's Indigenous Peoples receive needed support for technological education learning, and are allies for Aboriginal education. They've helped us to develop many resources, including French Language resources.
We know that secondary technological education leads to apprenticeship, college, and university pathways without limiting a learner to just one option. With a solid technological secondary experience in their pocket, a learner could start go to college, complete an apprenticeship, and then pay for university after that. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is currently streamlining the communication between education systems to make moving from one pathway to another even easier for learners.
For more information on how to get involved with OCTE's Secondary panel, contact octesecondary (at) octe.ca.
To browse secondary resources for technological education, click here.