NEWTECH Skill Center

Age Range: 9-12th Grade, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, K-12
Learning Type: Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology
Region: Spokane Public Schools

The Skill Center partners with a student's home high school to offer advanced technical and professional training. This tuition free training is available to all area public, private, and home-schooled students age 16-20 who have yet to receive a high school diploma.

The Skill Center's goals include a successful job placement or continuing education for all attending students. The Skill Center is based on the following Concepts:

  • Positive Experiences and Expectations
  • Interrelated Sequential Learning
  • Competency Based Individualized Learning
  • Personal, Continual Growth and Leadership Development
  • Business and Industry Cooperation and Coordination
  • Job Readiness
  • Preparation for continued learning at a Post-Secondary Institution

One only needs to visit the Skill Center to see the commitment to high standard technical and professional training. The instructors are industry professionals having years of experience before entering the teaching field. It is this added benefit of industry experience that makes the difference when a student enters the workforce or continues on at the post-secondary level.

The programs are designed around local, state and national skills standards. Even if the student does not go directly into the industry, the workplace skills, such as communication, problem solving and punctuality are valuable lifetime tools.

One of the major attractions of the Skill Center experience is the connection to the student’s home high school. The Skill Center is an extension of their high school where students remain for three periods, allowing them to make an important connection to friends, teachers and counselors in both settings.

Students also benefit from the extensive relationship instructors have with industry. Some students are placed in job shadows, internships and clinicals during the program. Students get to see firsthand how business and industry operate, and on many occasions our students have a leg up when it comes to applying for and getting a job. The Skill Center has a connection with colleges and technical schools that allows students to earn college credit at no cost while still in high school. Tech Prep programs are saving families money and time when the student moves into advanced training. Many of the programs offered at NEWTECH have a college credit option.


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