Dennis Technical Education Center

DTEC October Newsletter

Career and Technical Education for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Serving the Boise School District and partnering with Kuna High School, Bishop Kelly High School, home-school, and online school students.

Patron's Tour

We were honored to host a portion of the 2017 Patron's Tour at DTEC. Our students were proud to show off all of the amazing projects they were working on and did a fantastic job representing DTEC! Watch the videos below to hear from two current students on how Career and Technical Education has influenced their lives.

Student Accepted into Competitive Coding Camp

Student Samantha Turner was recently accepted in to the AT&T All Girls' Coding Camp which will include 6 sessions focusing on coding basics, coding platforms for virtual reality, 3D animation, digital gaming, and micro-controllers. Congratulations!

In addition, we share our proud support of Ms. Amster, Computer Essentials Instructor, who will be volunteering at the event!

Dental Assisting Students Gain Hands-on Experience

Students in the Dental Assisting Program gained hands-on experience learning to take and record vital signs, the first clinical skills addressed in Dental Assisting. Students visit a partnering retirement center each Friday for three weeks and record vital signs of participants. Dental Assisting Instructor, Ms. Maxfield shared, "Establishing a baseline of a patient's overall health data is an integral part of every dental visit. Vital recordings, including pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure should be established at each visit and prior to dental treatment." The students and participants in the retirement center enjoyed the hands-on opportunity!

Pharmacy Tech Students Preparing for Work

Students in the Pharmacy Tech program are seen here practicing using their Personal Protective Equipment and surgical hand-washing procedures. Students in the program will be working in pharmacies next semester!

Micro 100 Donates $2500 in Carbide Tooling to Precision Machining Program

A very special "Thank You" to Craig Graf and Micro 100 for donating $2500 worth of carbide tooling to the Precision Machining Program. Craig has been instrumental in the success of the program, and was one of the key industry members who helped to start the program when the building opened in 2000. Partnerships like Craig's and Micro 100's are what help make DTEC so amazing.

SkillsUSA Schoolwide Officers Announced!

First Block Officer Team

President Gino Sandoval

Vice President Kiarie Ballard

Secretary Chris Cardella

Treasurer Penny Alexander

Reporter Jake Jones

Parlimentarian Shalom Johnson

Second Block Officer Team

President Easton Anderson

Vice President Titan Cleveland

Secretary Daniel Martin

Treasurer Chance Russman

Reporter Sydney Catlin

Parliamentarian Jaiden Unger

Third Block Officer Team

President Zachary Ravlin

Vice President Matthew Wright

Secretary Samuel Hahn

Treasurer Naomi Valla

Reporter Chris Cooper

Parliamentarian Anthony Schoolcraft

Congratulations to these amazing students! We look forward to their leadership throughout the year.

DTEC on Social Media!

DTEC is now on Social Media!

Twitter: @DTEC_BSD

Instagram: DTEC_BSD

Snapchat: DTEC_BSD

If you engage in these platforms, feel free to get involved and follow us. #BSDpride #DTECrocks

Graduated Student Success!

Luke Borden graduated high school in 2015 after 1 year of Automotive Technology, 2 years of Auto Body Collision Repair, and 2 years of Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology. He took all of these courses in just 3 years of high school! While at DTEC, Luke took every opportunity to learn, compete, and step up into leadership positions. He competed in the Ford AAA Automotive Technology Competition and earned 1st Place as a Junior in 2014. In 2015, he competed in SkillsUSA Idaho's Diesel Competition and earned 4th place. At the conclusion of his Senior year, he had also repaired and repainted his Ford pickup and replaced the engine. He had also earned the Governor's Cup Scholarship which provided $2500 per year to seek a post-secondary technical degree.

After he graduated, he continued his training in Diesel Technology and Onsite Power Generation at Idaho State University (ISU), earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2017. At ISU, Luke continued his involvement in SkillsUSA and earned 2nd place at SkillsUSA Idaho in 2016, and 1st place in 2017.

Luke is currently seeking a career in Onsite Power Generation. We are proud of Luke and all he has accomplished!

Boise School Board Approves 2018-19 School Year Calendar

Boise, ID -- 10/09/2017 -- During its regular monthly Board meeting held on Monday, October 9, 2017, Trustees of the Boise School District voted 7 - 0 to approve the 2018 - 19 school year calendar following an extensive public feedback process.

The approved calendar preserves a later August school start date while still ending the first semester prior to the Winter Holiday Break.

"We feel that this calendar meets the educational needs of our students and supports our many programs that have made our district a school district of excellence," said Board President Nancy Gregory. "We are grateful to the parents, patrons, staff and students who actively engaged in the nearly six-month long conversation regarding the school calendar through face-to-face focus groups, online surveys and direct communication with District representatives."

Highlights of the Board-approved 2018-19 School Year Calendar include:

  • August 20th: First Day of School - Early Release K-12
  • October 19th: End of First Quarter - Elementary K-6 No School
  • November 19th - 23rd: Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School K-12
  • December 21st: End of First Semester - Early Release K-6
  • December 24th - January 4th: Winter Holiday Break - No School K-12
  • March 15th: End of Third Quarter - Early Release K-6
  • March 18th - 22nd: Spring Break - No School K-12
  • May 24th: Last Day of School - Early Release K-12

Upcoming Events

Upcoming SkillsUSA Events at DTEC

11/8: Schoolwide Officer Meeting

11/14: Representative Meeting

11/15: Representative Report Out in Classrooms

Community Service Opportunities:

11/6 - 11/30: Idaho Food Bank Food Drive

12/4: Start Toy Collection for Stuff the Bus

Woodcraft Boise Hosts Precision Machining Fundraiser

Woodcraft Boise will donate 15% of all sales to Mr. Goold's Precision Machining and SkillsUSA Program!

Woodcraft Boise

7005 W. Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709

Thursday, November 16th

5pm - 9pm

At 6pm, Mr. Goold will discuss the program and his students' successes.

At 7pm, Mr. Goold will host a discussion on 'work holding' for wood projects.

Please join us for a fantastic evening; our thanks to Woodcraft Boise!

Industry Partners: Need Skilled Workers?

Students at the Dennis Center are encouraged to secure job shadow and internship opportunities! If you are seeking employees that can grow with your company or would like to share your passion with students, please contact Sean Kelly, Career Development Advisor / Industry Liaison, at

Wanted: Donated Vehicles for Student Projects!

If you have a running vehicle that is no longer in use and would like to donate it for our students to learn on, please contact John Connor at