To start building your story in the WACTC programs, you must be a student in the Warwick Public Schools or in one of the partnering school districts, have parental permission, and permission from the school academic counseling team. If you are coming from one of our partner schools, your superintendent also needs to sign off on your enrollment before you begin.
W Workforce Development
A Applied Knowledge
C Career and College Ready
T Technology and Teamwork
WACTC believes every student will be challenged to learn, grow, and accomplish social and career goals.
WACTC believes in creating a community of empowered learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
WACTC believes in preparing students for the transition from school to career and/or post-secondary education.
WACTC believes that students must share in the responsibility for their own learning.
WACTC believes that each student’s culture and heritage enriches the entire school community school and should be respected.
WACTC believes our learning environment accommodates the diverse needs of our student population in an atmosphere of self-disciplined behavior.
WACTC believes by providing a quality technical education, we empower students to reach their full potential and meet the challenges of the modern day workplace in their chosen trades.
WACTC believes students are instilled with a strong work ethic to prepare them to be productive and respected members of the community.
Every student who decides to build their story – and potentially, their career – at the WACTC is able to take advantage of the unique benefits the program offers. Hands-on, project-based learning is the norm here, as are opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom.
WACTC students clock 1400 hours or more working in their chosen field, focusing on the skills and ideas that interest them. For half a day, every day, they work along side teachers who are also accomplished experts in their fields – master electricians, award-winning chefs, advanced certified technicians, and accomplished artists are all part of our staff of mentors.
For the other half of the day, students are enrolled in traditional core academic classes, ensuring they have a well-rounded education. In addition, many students report back that they use those academics skills to help them excel in their chosen career-oriented coursework and projects.
Each year, WACTC welcomes 9th graders from Warwick and the surrounding communities as they visit the career and technical center. The goal – to give students an opportunity to understand all of their educational options available in public schools in the Warwick area.
Ninth graders visit the career center, where they are introduced to careers based on their working styles and general interests. In addition to becoming familiar with the programs offered, Warwick students use this experience to complete the career awareness component of their Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and to introduce them to possibilities for college credits, professional education and personal skill building at WACTC.
SkillsUSA is a national student organizations for career preparation students. All WACTC students are enrolled in SkillsUSA, providing students with opportunities to learn workplace related skills that will serve them well, regardless of what kind of career they pursue. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives that helps each student to excel while preparing them for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, and for further education.
In both organizations, students campaign for offices to work locally within the WACTC and with other student leaders at the state and national level.
Community service is a key component of both SkillsUSA. Students help the community through fundraising for charities and student-organized food drives.