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Career & Technical Education
The atmosphere in our Career and Technical Programs is one where students learn from experienced and qualifed instructors to acquire technical and academic skills for high-demand careers. Students at Keefe Tech gain a powerful competitive advantage by merging their robust academic education with their career and technical experience.

In their Career and Technical Programs, students set themselves apart by earning critical business and industry certifications, required licenses and college credits. Our graduates are prepared with the academic and technical skills necessary to enter into their respective career path as skilled technicians, or pursue additional education at a variety of colleges and universities. In addition to our day school offerings for high school age students, we have an excellent post-graduate program, and offer many career and trade enrichment classes through our continuing education division.

Keefe Regional Technical School strives to allow each student to be successful. Recognizing the unique demands of quality Career Technical programs and the necessary rigor and relevance of a competitive college preparatory education, Keefe Technical provides students with comprehensive opportunities that best guarantee success beyond their high school experience. Planning for the future is an important part of this success and School Counselors work with students each year to determine course placement.

Keefe Tech’s academic component provides students with a dynamic and comprehensive program to best guarantee success after high school. We offer a full College Preparatory and honors Program, with opportunities for students to participate in Advanced Placement courses and Dual Enrollment courses at local colleges and universities.
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    Freshman Year

    All Grade 9 students take a core curriculum in English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and health. In addition to the academic core, all Grade 9 students spend three periods every other week in a career exploratory program. In this program, students explore eight Career/Technical areas and receive career counseling in each area.

    Sophomore through Senior Years

    Grade 10 students enter a CTE program that meets every day/five days per week on an every other week rotation. This program continues through Grades 11 and 12 with possible internship and co-op placement during Grades 11 and 12.

    Vocational Programs

    Students receive training in one of the following areas:

    Automotive Technology

    Business Technology

    Carpentry

    Cosmetology

    Culinary Arts

    Dental Assisting

    Design & Visual Communications

    Early Childhood Education & Training

    Electrical

    Graphic Communications

    Health Careers

    Horticulture & Landscape Design

    Information Technology

    Legal & Protective Services

    Metal Fabrication

    Plumbing

    Programming & Web Development

    Academic classes for Grades 10, 11, and 12 meet on an every other week basis. As with Grade 9, students take a core curriculum of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical education. A variety of elective opportunities are available for students to select each year. A complete listing of courses can be found in our Program of Studies which is available for download below.
    Our Career & Technical Programs

    Click any career to learn more about that Career & Technical Program at Keefe!

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
    BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
    CARPENTRY
    COSMETOLOGY
    CULINARY ARTS
    DENTAL ASSISTING
    DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
    EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
    ELECTRICAL
    GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS
    HEALTH CAREERS
    HORTICULTURE & LANDSCAPE DESIGN
    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    LEGAL & PROTECTIVE
    METAL FABRICATION
    PLUMBING
    PROGRAMMING & WEB

    Automotive Technology

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    Keefe Regional Technical School’s Automotive Technology Program is certified in all eight ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) service areas and has received master status certification from the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF).

    Automotive Technology students in grades nine and ten develop skills in automotive repair and maintenance through training using engine parts and donated vehicles. After completing this training, instructors supervise students in the servicing of actual customer vehicles. Customers with vehicles that meet certain criteria for training purposes may request an appointment for service. Keefe Regional Technical School is an authorized inspection station under the new Massachusetts Enhanced Emission and Safety Program.

    Keefe Regional Technical School offers our students the ability to work with the latest technology in the automotive service industry and has established educational partnerships with area dealerships for job shadowing, internships, and cooperative work for our students. This provides assurance that Keefe Regional Technical School graduates from the Automotive Technology Program will be employed as entry-level technicians and/or be prepared for training on the post-secondary level.
    • Work on cars and trucks in a rapidly changing industry alongside Master Technicians
    • Use computerized diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot and repair complex automotive systems
    • Optimize operation and performance of domestic and foreign vehicles

    CAREER FOCUS
    Prepared for ASE Certification, immediate employment and further education
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    Business Technology

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    The Business Technology Program prepares students for employment in today’s business office and for the business administration major in college. The program is structured so that a student obtains proficiency in computer applications, business communications, office procedures, accounting, medical office assistant, web design, and entrepreneurship. Skills can be applied to a wide variety of workplace settings, including both profit and nonprofit organizations.

    Computer applications include: word processing applications, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, desktop publishing, and web design using a Microsoft-based computer network. Students are given the opportunity to attain national certification as a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Students also gain experience with QuickBooks, an automated accounting system.

    The Business Technology students operate the school store which provides the students valuable skills in ordering merchandise, inventory control, marketing, and finance. Junior students have the opportunity to work in businesses on internships. In their senior year, qualified students participate in the co-operative work-study program where they gain valuable hands-on experience while receiving monetary compensation.
    ● Create unique business solutions using advanced software and effective organizational techniques
    ● Experience and manage project simulations exploring stocks, successful business models and retail marketing plans
    ● Develop critical entrepreneurial skills in a professional team environment

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    Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certification and further education
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    Carpentry

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    Mill and House Carpentry is a three-year program that is divided into two major parts. The first and second year students receive basic instruction in the process of milling lumber into various components including cabinets and countertops. The third and fourth year students spend the majority of their time learning how to construct a house from foundation to finished product. The annual house-building project provides the setting for the “on the job” learning activities.

    The Carpentry Program has the major role in the house-building program, as we are responsible for completing the structure of the building in a timely fashion. This enables the other trades of Plumbing and Electrical to perform their work. The carpenters also install all windows and doors, shingle the roof, and install finished products to both the exterior and interior of the house. Students graduating from the Carpentry Program are prepared for entry-level work in the field and to continue their training at the postsecondary level.
    ● Construct a house from foundation to finish as part of a team of building professionals
    ● Utilize power tools, table saws and nailing equipment to create individual woodworking projects
    ● Interpret blueprints for residential and commercial settings

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    Prepared for immediate employment, certifications and further education
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    Cosmetology

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    Keefe Regional Technical School’s Cosmetology Program is a dual-licensing program for students meeting the State Board of Cosmetology’s age requirements. In the 1,000 hour-course curriculum, students learn how to cut, style, perm, color and highlight hair. Cosmetology students also learn basic facial procedures and manicure procedures to prepare them to take the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology Exam. In addition, students participate in a 100-hour Nail Technician Course, which leads to a state manicuring license.

    A major emphasis is placed on sanitation and sterilization. Students need a release signed by their parent/guardian in order to avail themselves of cosmetology services, such as haircut, hair color, highlight, and permanent wave.

    The Cosmetology Department operates a salon for the public during and work on clients from the community as part of their training. Students graduating from the Cosmetology Program are well prepared for entry-level positions in the field and to continue their training at the postsecondary level depending on their desired career path.
    ● Express personal creativity using the latest techniques, trends and name-brand products
    ● Provide hair, nail and skincare services to clients in a full service interactive salon and spa environment
    ● Work alongside professional cosmetologists to explore quality salon services and management

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    Prepared for state licensure, immediate employment and further education
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    Culinary Arts

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    The Culinary Arts program provides students with the training and experience needed to be in a rewarding career in the ever growing food service industry. Students learn knife skills, equipment use, cooking and baking methods, techniques and terminology, customer service in the dining room and retail bakery operations.
    Related theory classes stress the importance of safe food handling and sanitation and provide the opportunity to attain nationally recognized Serv-Safe and Pro-Start Certifications.

    The comprehensive curriculum is supported and enhanced by hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art kitchen and student-run East Side Room restaurant and bakery open to the public. Students graduating from the Culinary Arts Program are prepared for entry-level positions in the field and to continue their training at the postsecondary level.
    ● Cook alongside professional chefs preparing delicious appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts
    ● Create culinary masterpieces with fresh ingredients in a professionally equipped kitchen
    ● Operate a fast-paced, full service restaurant and bakery providing a unique dining experience

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    Prepared for professional culinary programs, immediate employment and further education
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    Dental Assisting

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    The Dental Assisting program is an exciting career path for the student who enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with people and has the desire to join the growing health and dental industries. Students are exposed to oral health care and services through practice in our state-of-the-art dental assisting lab, as well as clinical experiences in MetroWest dental offices and clinics.

    Students also earn a deeper understanding of patient care by studying anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis on head, neck, oral, and dental anatomy. In-depth preparation for Dental Assisting licensure is a natural launch pad for a well-paid career in the dental field.
    ● Care for patients and interact with healthcare professionals in the dental industry
    ● Use professional medical equipment, technology and techniques in dental assisting lab and clinical settings in MetroWest
    ● Practice skills to manage medical and dental emergencies, including all aspects of infection control and sterilization

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    Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications and further education
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    Design & Visual Communications

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    Students interested in the world of Design and Visual Communication will find opportunities to explore several areas of this exciting field at Keefe Regional Technical School. Freshmen and sophomore students learn the foundations of design, including color theory, drawing, perspective, and layout.

    During the junior and senior years, students work with Photoshop, In-Design, Digital Photography and Video to produce a variety of multimedia projects for their portfolio. Package Design, Product Photography, Multimedia Presentations, Web design, and Audio Production will be introduced through the use of the latest technology.

    Graduates of this program will be prepared to continue their education at the college level or obtain an entry-level position.
    ● Express your unique artistic vision through illustration, design, computer graphics, video and digital photography
    ● Cultivate and enhance personal creativity and artistic abilities
    ● Create a professional portfolio for college and employment showcasing digital photography, print media and website design

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    Prepared with a professional portfolio for immediate employment and further education
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    Early Childhood Education & Teaching

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    The Early Childhood Education program at Keefe Regional Technical School is an in- house training site designed to introduce the high school student to the development of children. Students choosing Early Childhood will be exposed to the emotional, social, physical, and cognitive changes that take place during a child’s life.
    Students will learn and demonstrate the duties of a classroom teacher. Students will also learn theme development, behavior management, observation, and assessment skills for children. Other curriculum learned includes: classroom limitations, child guidance, brain development, lesson plan creations, and classroom learning areas (math, science, language, art and writing).

    The Early Childhood Education program at Keefe Regional Technical School provides practice in different off-site child care centers. Students who successfully complete this course will meet the licensing requirements for the Massachusetts Department of Early Childhood and Care in infant-toddler and preschool areas. Students will also receive First-Aid and CPR certifications.

    Students in the Early Childhood Education are eligible to receive three college credits from Massachusetts Bay Community College upon graduation and are prepared for entry-level positions in the field or to continue their education at the postsecondary level.
    ● Care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers alongside child care professionals
    ● Deliver fun learning activities in a child care center to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten
    ● Plan lessons that enhance a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development

    CAREER FOCUS
    Prepared for state licensure, immediate employment and further education
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    Electrical

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    The electrical trade is a licensed trade in the construction industry, where individual ability and motivation are recognized and rewarded. The Keefe Regional Technical School Electrical Department covers commercial, industrial, and residential wiring of old and new buildings as well as alarm system installation. The course of study provides students with the knowledge of how a building is constructed and wired as well as Solar Energy and wind energy technology.

    Residential wiring is just one segment of the electrical course of study. Keefe Regional Technical School emphasizes residential wiring by completing all the electrical work for our annual house-building project. This project introduces the student to the telephone, familiarization with blueprints for location of outlets, and the type of wiring method that will satisfy the Massachusetts Electrical Code.
    ● Install residential electrical wiring and components for the house building and community projects
    ● Power up a wide range of structures using blueprints to install residential and commercial wiring following the National Electrical Code
    ● Earn apprenticeship experience leading to a journeyman’s license

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    Prepared for apprenticeship completion, immediate employment, advanced certifications and further education
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    Graphic Communications

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    Careers in the graphic communications industry are growing at a remarkable rate with the introduction of digital media. The world of graphic communications is one of the largest industries in the United States. Different printing processes are covered, such as offset lithography, sheet-fed presses, and digital press using up-to-date digital software.

    Students enrolled in this program gain industry-level skills in the areas of graphic communications, electronic imaging, and press and bindery operations. Successful graduates of the program are excellent candidates for college or entry-level positions in the graphic communications field.
    ● Develop, produce, and deliver a wide range of creative marketing materials for print media
    ● Operate wide-format printers, screen printing, offset printing presses, embroidery and bindery equipment
    ● Provide professional customer service while interpreting job specifications, estimating, ordering and delivering client projects on schedule

    CAREER FOCUS
    Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education
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    Health Careers

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    Students in the Health Careers Program have the opportunity to acquire skills that prepare them for successful career entry, advancement, and/or continuing education in the health field.  This program is designed to focus on the certification of nursing assistants.  The role of the medical administrative office assistant is included in the Program of Studies.  Students will receive certification as a Nursing Assistant and certifications in First Aid, OSHA Career Safe, CPR, Alzheimer’s Care, and Medical Assisting.

    The first phase will emphasize foundation skills and common skills (gloving, hand washing, blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature) that are necessary in all health occupations.  The second phase will focus on job-specific skills and knowledge.  Skills learned will be introduced and practiced in the classroom and then transferred to patients in a hospital and/or a long-term care setting during the career technical training activities.
    ● Care for patients and interact with healthcare professionals in a variety of simulated and actual clinical settings
    ● Use professional medical equipment, technology and techniques to improve patients’ health and care
    ● Apply key healthcare concepts, skills and assessment procedures with patients

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    Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications and further education
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    Horticulture & Landscape Design

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    The Horticulture and Landscape Design Program provides students with training opportunities in all aspects of the Green Industry. The curriculum stresses the study of landscape management, plant and soil science, horticulture, turf management, equipment operation, small engine repair, landscape construction, masonry, greenhouse management, arboriculture care, floral designing, and plant propagation.

    Students use the Keefe Regional Technical School grounds and greenhouse for hands- on training and real-life work experiences. In addition, eligible students can participate in off-site cooperative work experiences. Placements may include private landscaping companies, Framingham Parks and Recreation Department, Framingham Highway Department, Natick Community Organic Farm or Cavicchio’s Greenhouses.
    ● Operate tractors, industrial mowers, trucks, and gas-powered seasonal equipment to maintain a 25-acre property
    ● Construct attractive floral arrangements, natural living displays and outdoor recreational spaces
    ● Work in a full-service greenhouse growing flowers, trees, vegetables, herbs, fruit and shrubberies

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    Prepared for immediate employment and further education
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    Information Technology

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    Students entering into the Information Technology program will have the opportunity to receive industry recognized certifications through CompTIA, Cisco, and NOCTI in the general areas of Computer Servicing and Networking. In the sophomore year, students enter into the A+ IT Technician/Computer Repair Program. This program teaches students the basic skills to gain entry-level positions in the IT industry as well as prepares them to take the NOCTI and CompTIA certification exams.

    In their junior year, students enroll into our authorized Cisco Networking Academy. Keefe Regional Technical School, through its affiliation with Bunker Hill Community College, utilizes the Cisco Networking Academy Discovery curriculum which is a four- semester program. CCENT Part 1 certification exam is covered during their junior year where students will enter into semester 1, “Networking for Home and Small Businesses” and semester 2 “Working at a Small to Medium Business or ISP” from the Cisco curriculum. After completing both semesters, a student can choose to complete the CCENT certification (CISCO Certified Entry Network Technician) certification exam.

    In their senior year, students continue on with CCNA Part 2 of the certification exam which covers semester 3, “Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise” and semester 4 “Designing and Supporting Computer Networks” from the Cisco curriculum. After completing each semester, a student can choose to complete the CCNA certification exam. Graduates from the Information Technology Program are prepared for entry-level positions in the field and to continue their education at the postsecondary level.
    ● Build, upgrade, maintain, and troubleshoot smart phones, laptops, desktop PCs and network systems
    ● Diagnose and repair complex computers, network systems and hardware
    ● Configure software security programs that protect sensitive information in the ever-changing cyber world

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    Prepared for immediate employment, additional certifications and further education
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    Legal & Protective Services

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    The Legal and Protective Services Program is a new and exciting program for students interested in law enforcement, criminal law and procedures, crime scene processing, disaster preparedness, ethics, private investigations, surveillance practices in the areas of legal and protective services. Through the Legal and Protective Services Program, students learn legal theory and its application in real world scenarios.

    Students gain insight into the philosophies and disciplines of a variety of criminal justice and protective service areas working with law enforcement, fire departments, law firms, federal agencies, courthouses and correctional facilities.

    Students have potential careers in: Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Forensics, Crime Scene Analysis, DNA Analysis and Fingerprinting, Advanced Communication, Computer and Online Security, Basic First Responder, Fire and Rescue, and Physical Training/Defensive to name a few examples. Students who qualify can earn certifications in CPR, First Aid and 911 Dispatching.
    • Investigate simulated crime scenes, tag and process evidence, and use CSI forensic techniques
    • Observe and work alongside local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies
    • Identify and report relevant facts from simulated crime scenes and articulate the Constitutional rights involved in the scenario
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    Metal Fabrication

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    Keefe Regional Technical School’s Metal Fabrication Program trains students in the technologies of metal fabrication and welding. These are directly related to the processes of the metal products industries. The curriculum allows each student to develop a well-rounded background in several phases of welding and cutting.

    Students in the Metals Technology Program may attain certification for the American Welding Society. The Certified Welder (CW) program tests to procedures used in the structural steel welding, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries.
    ● Manipulate the power of fire and electricity to create unique metal projects
    ● Use torches and advanced fabrication equipment to bend, drill, cut, join, build, assemble and repair metal components
    ● Experience modern welding techniques working with aluminum, copper, iron, steel and stainless steel

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    Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications and further education
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    Plumbing

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    Students in the Plumbing Program receive training in rough and finish plumbing installations in residential, commercial, and industrial locations, as well as prevention maintenance. The curriculum focuses on an overview of the plumbing trade license regulations and plumbing code regulations of the industry.

    The 1,500 hours of training plus 300 hours of classroom instruction that students receive in this program are applied toward the apprentice hours needed to become a licensed plumber. Juniors and Seniors in the Plumbing Program practice their skills by completing all aspects of residential plumbing for Keefe Regional Technical School’s annual house-building project.
    ● Install, repair and maintain piping systems and fixtures according to state codes
    ● Design and install gas, water, drainage and heating systems for the house building project
    ● Earn apprenticeship experience leading to a journeyman’s license

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    Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship completion and further education
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    Programming & Web Development

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    As society becomes more information oriented, computers, technology, and the Internet are an integral part of most jobs. Our students are trained using a state-of-the-art 20-workstation lab running a Windows XP environment. Students will learn how to manage data electronically with Microsoft Office Suite of applications.

    Programming concepts are taught using Visual Studio, Net Microsoft Access, HTML, Java and JavaScript. Web pages are designed and developed with FrontPage, Dreamweaver and XHTML. Upon graduation, students are prepared for an entry-level position in Computer Programming and Web page development or to further their education by enrolling in a post-secondary school.
    ● Create, test, and implement games and apps using tools and software for web, iOS® and Android® platforms
    ● Work individually and in teams to program robots, develop custom software solutions and build dynamic websites
    ● Program in languages such as HTML, Python, C#, RobotC, Visual Basic and JavaScript

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    Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications and further education
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