In this episode, Tom sits down with Rhonda Rhodes, Principal of the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC), as the Salem community eagerly anticipates the arrival of the CTEC Aviation Program at the Salem Municipal Airport. Serving as the head of one of the nation’s leading career technical training schools, Principal Rhodes discusses how she discovered her calling to build up future generations of students and the innovative approach CTEC takes to train our community’s incoming workforce.

A native Oregonian with a profound dedication to education, Rhonda’s commitment to merging classically trained educators with local industry experts is a guiding principle at CTEC as it trains and empowers graduates. Explore the conversation to uncover the ‘secret ingredient’ that has paved the way for a transformative educational experience at the school, fostering an environment where both students and teachers can reach their goals while strengthening our community’s workforce pipeline at the same time.

This episode was recorded before CTEC officially opened its Aviation Program at the Salem Airport on January 29, 2024. Click here to read a recap of that celebration, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public addresses from local leaders, including Salem Mayor Chris Hoy and CTEC Principal Rhodes.

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