Dennis Technical Education Center

DTEC March 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.

Borah Bridge Students Visit DTEC

Students from Borah's Bridge Program participated in a hands-on career exploration morning at DTEC. The event was organized by Leadership Boise members who serve as mentors to the Bridge students. In addition to the hands-on event, members from the community presented to students about their career fields. It was a fantastic event that allowed Bridge students to explore their interests. We look forward to having these students join us in our classes next year!

Idaho Business for Education Partners with DTEC

Over the past two months, Idaho Business for Education (IBE) members have joined DTEC to connect and establish a conduit to fulfill mutual interests. Members of IBE have reached out to offer support in DTEC classes, help to raise awareness of the importance of Career and Technical Education to fill Idaho's job gaps, and to serve on Technical Advisory Committees in our various programs. We are excited to see this partnership grow for the benefit of our students and Idaho's workforce!

Boise State University Adjunct Instructor Frank Lundburg Presents in Zoology and Ecology Classes

Students in Zoology and Ecology classes had an opportunity to learn from Boise State University Adjunct Instructor Frank Lundburg. Frank and his assistant, Liam Smith, brought in many species for students to experience up close.

Frank (pictured with "Richard" a ball python) is the founder of the Idaho Herpetological Society and dedicates his time educating students about herpetology. Scott Smith, Liam's father, is the co-presenter of the educational program Rattlesnake Awareness and Outdoor Safety in Idaho. Scott was unable to join Frank this year, so Liam graciously stepped in to help educate our students. This was Frank's 20th year presenting to Boise School District students. For more information about Frank's contributions to reptile and amphibian conservation, visit (Photo credit: Liam Smith)

DTEC Dental Assisting Student Elected Borah ASB President!

Dental Assisting student Dalton Lemus was elected ASB President for Borah High School 2018-19. Ms. Maxfield, Dalton's Dental Assisting Instructor, had the following to say about Dalton: "Dalton is a conscientious and hard-working student in class and a leader among his peers. He has ambitious aspirations; anticipating a career in Orthodontics, a competitive specialty in the field of Dentistry. It is a pleasure having Dalton in class and observe his growing enthusiasm for his intended profession!"

We are proud of you, Dalton!

DTEC Hosts HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing Tour for 9th Graders

Mr. Haylett, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing Instructor and Mr. Kelly, Career Development Advisor / Industry Liaison, met with 9th graders across the district to discuss our new HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing classes. Then they organized a field trip to Perfect Plumbing and Hobson Heating and Cooling for students to have an opportunity to further explore career options. Our sincerest appreciation to both of these companies and their employees who took the time to work with our students!

Graduated Student Success!

John Czykoski graduated in 2016 from Borah High School and DTEC where he took 3 years of Automotive Technology (one year with Mr. Martinez and two years with Mr. Cathey). After graduation, John attended UTI for 18 months and earned multiple Ford Technician Certifications including: Basic and Advanced Electrical; Basic and Advanced Brakes; Air Conditioning; Diesel Engines; Noise, Vibration, and Harshness; Drivability; and Steering and Suspension. Now, John works at Lithia Ford in Boise as an apprentice learning to become a Transmission Technician. We are incredibly proud of John and all he has achieved in less than 2 years post-graduation!

How to Access Your Student's DTEC Grades, Attendance, Etc.

We've received a few questions recently on how parents and students can access their DTEC information, so we thought we'd share a quick reminder:

When you're logged into Infinite Campus, your student's primary school shows at the top of the screen. Click the down arrow next to it, and you'll be able to choose "Professional Technical Center" to see your student's activity at DTEC.

Note: Some of our teachers utilize Schoology (Auto Body, EMR/EMT, Auto Tech, Computer Essentials) and grades/progress will be located there. Parent access is available to the Schoology account. Please email your student's teacher for assistance getting access to this information.

Upcoming Events


3/21: Deadline to turn in SkillsUSA Idaho State Competition Paperwork to Mr. Kelly

4/5 - 4/6: SkillsUSA Idaho State Competitions

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

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