Dennis Technical Education Center

November-December 2023

Leading Idaho 2.0 Grant: CTE Program Expansion & Modernization

Idaho Division of Career Technical Education (IDCTE) is committed to prioritizing program growth aligned with the local industry’s needs.

We are thrilled to share that DTEC has recently been generously awarded Leading Idaho Grant financial support, which has enabled us to elevate our educational offerings and provide our students with state-of-the-art resources. We are dedicated to offering our students the best possible education, and this grant has allowed us to take a significant step forward in achieving this goal.

Health Occupations Classes Soar to New Heights

Our Health Occupations students will now have access to cutting-edge medical equipment, including EKG machines with Spirometry and advanced digital imaging tools. These new resources will prepare our aspiring healthcare professionals for a successful future in the ever-evolving medical field.

Welding Program Expands with Precision

The Welding program will be expanded with the addition of new weld booths and an impressive 24 welding machines. With this increased capacity, our students can hone their skills and work on more intricate projects, ensuring they are ready to excel in the welding industry.

Auto Tech Classes Drive into the Future

Our Auto Tech classes will now be equipped with three brand new hybrid cars. These vehicles will serve as valuable training tools for our students, enabling them to work on the latest automotive technology and prepare them for the future of the automotive industry.

Collision Repair Takes a Technological Leap

Our Collision Repair program is now at the forefront of automotive technology with the acquisition of cutting-edge robot attachments that coincide with collaboration from our mechatronics program. Additionally, a state-of-the-art paint spray simulator has been introduced, which is both sustainable and allows students to refine their painting techniques while significantly reducing paint wastage. This innovative simulator is expected to save over 20,000 gallons of paint, making it an environmentally responsible addition to our program.

We are immensely grateful for the Leading Idaho Grant, as it has allowed us to further our commitment to providing our students with a top-tier CTE education. These resources will undoubtedly empower our students to excel in their chosen fields and make valuable contributions to the workforce.

As we continue to invest in the future of our CTE school, we look forward to watching our students thrive and succeed in their respective industries. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and remain dedicated to offering the highest quality education for our students.

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Budding Artisans

The DTEC Welding program built 25 flowers of different styles and heights for the Idaho Botanical Gardens, "Winter Gardens of Glow". Welding students, SkillsUSA officers, and classroom representatives assisted with the welding and designs of the flowers. In November, as a community service project, students will go to the Botanical Gardens to help set up the flowers and lights. This community service project illuminates the power of partnerships within our community and provides DTEC with amazing opportunities to be involved locally beyond our school.

DTEC Students to Pilot Intern Program

We are delighted to share a remarkable collaboration that has unfolded at DTEC, where three exceptional students are piloting an internship program in partnership with the district's Information Technology department. This initiative not only provides these students with invaluable hands-on experience but also bolsters the district's IT team, contributing to the seamless operation of technology for both staff and students.

The primary function of these IT interns is to provide support to the IT team. They are working in tandem with experienced IT professionals to ensure the smooth operation of technology throughout the district. Their responsibilities include:

Routine Hardware and Software Maintenance: Our interns are actively engaged in maintaining district hardware and software, ensuring that all technology resources are operating optimally.

Technical Troubleshooting: They are tasked with resolving technology-related issues, both onsite and remotely. This role will enhance their troubleshooting skills while providing swift support to staff and students.

The Impact on Our Students

This internship program is not just an opportunity for our students to gain practical experience; it's a glimpse into their future careers. By working with the IT department, they are acquiring real-world skills that will undoubtedly set them on a path to success in the field of technology. It also fosters a sense of responsibility and professionalism, preparing them for the challenges that lie ahead.

A Win-Win Collaboration

This partnership between DTEC and the district's IT department is a shining example of how our community can work together to create opportunities for our students. The IT department benefits from the fresh perspectives and enthusiasm of our interns, while the students gain a unique insight into the world of IT.

Announcing the winners of the National Cyber Scholar with Honors award for 2023

Due to their hard work, dedication and progress this year, Jayden Loo and Daniel Fischer have earned the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) Scholar with Honors status for 2023. This means they have qualified as a National Cyber Scholar based on their performance in the CyberStart gamified learning platform, and gone on to complete the 2023 Cyber Foundations Academy, completing the SANS Foundations course and earning the industry-recognized GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT) certification.

These students have shown true excellence in their cybersecurity learning journey. Cybersecurity is a fascinating and challenging field, but not everyone has the tenacity and analytical capacity to be exceptional. They have demonstrated they have what it takes, and that with continued study they could have a place in this industry. All of our Scholars with Honors should be incredibly proud of their achievement.

Program Spotlight: Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical Trades


Students will be introduced to residential, commercial, and industrial work in plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and the electrical trades. This introductory course is designed to help direct students into the specific pathway trade of their choosing. Students moving on to their 2nd year will choose a pathway and begin their paid Registered Apprenticeship in that chosen trade.

Students will learn:

  • Safety
  • Trade specific tools & techniques
  • Theory
  • Mathematics
  • Codes
  • Blueprint Reading

Career Opportunities:

Plumbers, HVAC Technicians, Sheet Metal Workers, Electricians, Pipefitters, and more!

Program Spotlight: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


Students will have the opportunity to learn important information pertaining to all positions in the emergency medical field. The course is certified through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Students who successfully complete the course can complete the EMT- B (Basic) examination.

Students will learn:

  • Emergency medical care and treatment
  • Exploration of career fields and opportunities
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Patient care
  • Résumés and career exploration

Career Opportunities

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Firefighter, Paramedic, Emergency Room (ER) Physician, Flight Nurse, Wild Land Medic, Wilderness Medical Technician, and more!

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Save the Date

Autumn Break:

  • November 20-24th
End of Semester Testing:

  • Monday, December 18th No Students @ DTEC
  • Tuesday, December 19th Block 1
  • Wednesday, December 20th Block 2
  • Thursday, December 21st Block 3

Winter Break:

  • December 22nd - January 5th

Questions? Please Contact Us!

3324 S. Milwaukee Lane, Suite 110, Boise, ID 83709 | Phone 208-854-5810 | Fax 208-854-5811
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