Biddeford Center of Technology
January 26, 2022
Dear Parents, Students, and Families,
Can you believe that our first semester ends Friday? I always consider this the halfway mark for the year and June will be here before we know it. The year is not over and there is still plenty of time for students to be successful.
We are beginning our application process for students interested in joining us for the 22-23 school year. Our programming prepares students for high-skill and high-demand careers. We offer classes in several career clusters: Business Management and Administration, Health Sciences, Marketing and Sales, Technology, Education and Training, Auto sector Engineering and Architecture, STEM, Public Safety and Manufacturing. All of these clusters offer a range of career options and career pathways. Our classes provide core academic skills, technical and job-specific skills, and employability skills. Once called "vocational education", we also now encompass high-tech in-demand skills such as robotics, informational technology, and mobile app development. Even in traditional programs such as automotive repair or electrical technology, students are learning new technical, interpersonal, and entrepreneurial skills. Our electrical students are learning how to wire "smart houses." Our industries change rapidly and we remain agile to teach students with the most up-to-date information and equipment.
Did you know that 75% of our students go onto college while the remainder join the military or pursue paid apprenticeships or employment in the field of their choice? While students are with us, they can earn industry credentials which include industry certificates, hours towards a Maine Journeyman licensure, and other Maine State licensures where applicable. Additionally, students can earn college credits at COT which saves money for future college expenses. These are only a few of the immediate benefits for students that participate in our classes. If you have a child or know of someone who may be interested in learning by doing, they can apply at:
- February 1 - Applications to attend BRCOT opens - Apply Here
- February 2 - Early Release Day
- February 21-25 - Vacation; No School
Every home in the US is now eligible to receive four free at-home COVID-19 test kits. Simply go to www.covidtests.gov and fill in your household information. Tests will ship to your home in approximately 7-12 days. In addition, at the end of this week, every American is eligible to receive three free N95 masks per person (see PPH article here). The masks will be delivered to pharmacies and community health centers that partnered with the federal government to provide vaccinations and are available for distribution. At this time, there is no information on N-95 masks for children, and we ask parents to please send their child(ren) with additional masks each day.
Going forward, an email will be sent informing parents of positive cases and we will continue to make personal phone calls if your child tests positive due to pooled testing. We ask all families to pay close attention to their emails for the possibility of notifications related to their child(ren) and follow the instructions within the email for modified quarantine, symptom monitoring, and testing. If you are not receiving emails from COT, please update your information in Infinite Campus or contact us directly.
COT will follow the guidelines below established by the Biddeford School Department.
If your child has been fully vaccinated, please complete this form and upload a photo.
Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition Calling All Youth
Project Alliance, a division of the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, is looking for motivated youth who want to make a difference in their community and support their peers to join our new youth leadership council. Project Alliance's work is guided by youth input and youth involvement. Those who want to participate will get free training opportunities, volunteer and leadership experience, chances to join in and bring activities to your school, and support topics cared about by their peers. If you are interested, please contact Morgan at email@example.com for more information and follow our youth Instagram @chccyouth.
How will parents be notified of school cancellation, delays, or early release during a storm? Click here for everything you need to know.