After completing the career counseling activities on our website, if you have decided that you would like to participate in a program at Worcester Tech, then WELCOME TO THE WORCESTER TECH FAMILY! Students in 9th through 11th grade may request a program at Worcester Technical High School by selecting the appropriate courses during the course request process at their comprehensive high school. This process begins in February and requests are usually due in March. This process is overseen by your comprehensive high school counselor.
Most students enter programs at the beginning of their 10 , 11 , or even 12 grade school year. Some programs are 1 year, while others can take 2 years. Your entry point depends on what is best for you as a learner. It’s important to ask yourself – am I prepared for this experience? Am I interested in this program? Our website is an invaluable resource, and many programs have Social Media pages. Digesting that content will help you to decide the right pathway for you and the right timing. If you are unsure, then wait. Some students come to a program that they are not sure about, end up not liking it, and then don’t have enough space in their schedule to pursue what they really wanted. So, take some time – consider what you have learned about yourself and continue to pursue experiences in those areas. If it’s cars – go on YouTube and learn about cars, visit a mechanics shop – did you like that? If the answer is no, then try something else. No need to worry! Worcester Tech counselors and the counselors from your comprehensive high school will continue to assist you each year through this process.
If you think that you are interested in a Worcester Tech STEM program (Agricultural Science, Bio-Medical Science, Computer Science, Interactive Media, and Pre-Engineering) these are available to students beginning in 9th grade. These academies offer students access to specialized instruction. They are designed for students who enjoy a challenge and want extra preparation in an area that they have determined fits their future career pathway. The academies rely heavily on working cooperatively in a group, hands-on activities, and emphasize problem solving. The STEM academies prepare students to competitively pursue rigorous college studies after graduation. Because of this, pre-requisites for a STEM program include being self- motivated, having interest in the content, a willingness to commit to a rigorous curriculum experience, good attendance, and a successful past academic record. If you feel as though you or your child have not yet met these pre-requisites, then it is recommended that you make your request for a STEM program later in your high school experience. All programs are also available to all students with a 10th or 11th grade entry date. It is recommended that students who have not experienced and demonstrated success with rigorous curriculum spend grades 9 and/or 10 doing so and make their request for a STEM program at a later date.
CURRENT GRADE 8 STUDENTS ONLY
All grade 8 students will receive a virtual orientation to Worcester Tech in January via our website and will be guided through the course request process, which is due no later than March 1, 2022. We wish you the best in your continued pathway journey and WT is always glad to support you.
Grade 8 students only may use the link or QR code below to make a STEM course request for one of our STEM programs (Agriculture Science, Biomedical Science, Computer Science, Interactive Media or Pre-Engineering). Requests must be received by March 1, 2022 to secure a spot in one of the STEM programs as a 9th grade student. Non-STEM programs have an entry point of 10th, 11th or 12th grade. To join those programs, you will not fill out the below form. Instead, you will work with your high school counselor in February to make a Worcester Tech program request.