Student Handbook

WELCOME to the 916 Career and Tech Center located on Century College-East Campus for the 2018-2019 school year. We’re glad you made the choice to merge your robust academic education and with us to gain a powerful competitive advantage in today’s new economy.

This handbook contains basic information, policies, procedures and expectations for students attending the 916 Career and Tech Center. The contents are intended to be a guide to our daily operation. Please review this information carefully.

Because each student has unique abilities and needs, some information may apply more to one student than to another. Please use this handbook as a reference, identifying topics that apply to your situation. Information has been included from the NE Metro Intermediate District 916 procedures and MN State Rules and Regulations. The content is summarized and may not cover all situations. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or comments.

916 Career & Technical Center: 651-415-5537

916 Career & Technical Center Assistant Principal: 651-415-5534

916 Career & Technical Center Principal: 651-415-5610

916 Career & Technical Center Registrar: 651-415-5517

916 Career & Technical Center Transcript Request: 651-415-5537

HOURS

Office Staff Hours: 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Student Hours:

Time Block I………………8:05-9:50 a.m.

Time Block II……………..10:00-11:45 a.m.

Time Block III…………….12:35-2:15 p.m.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Northeast Metro Career Technical Center in partnership with member districts, colleges and business/industry delivers next level occupational education and certification in preparation for active contribution to the global community.

VISION STATEMENT

We are recognized as a center of excellence in quality career and technical education. An industry experienced professional promotes student success through applied learning, technical skill attainment based on industry standards, academic integration, and career & college readiness.

High School Handbook and Code of Conduct

The operational guideline, “what is good for students,” provides the direction and motivation for decision making at the 916 Career and Technical Center. As students pursue their occupational interest, they have some of the finest instruction, equipment, and facilities available anywhere.

It is essential that students make good use of time. Instruction is personalized. Students will have more freedom than ever experienced in an educational setting; with this, comes responsibility. This opportunity should be used as an advantage for learning the material.

Students who need support handling the freedoms available at the Career and Technical Center will be assigned certain restrictions that will help them make better use of their time and gain the competitive advantage they deserve.

Programs at the 916 Career and Tech Center are considered extensions of your high school. Enrollment in a 916 Career and Technical Center program means students get to comply with all Northeast Metro 916 school policies in addition to their home school, city, and state policies and expectations.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

Regular attendance is expected and an important part the education and success at the 916 Career and Technical Center. Engaging class activities will start promptly at the beginning of each period. Students are expected to arrive on time to develop the expertise, confidence, and skills for today's top careers

A. Daily Attendance

Attendance is taken daily and is submitted to the home high school before 3:00 p.m. the same day. Students attending the 916 Career and Tech Center get to comply with Northeast Metro 916 attendance policies and their home district attendance policies.

B. Tardiness

Instructors will report tardy students, which is submitted to the home schools, and home schools will enforce their attendance policies. The student’s official attendance record is kept at their high school.

Excessive tardiness may result in removal from the program and rescheduling at the home high school.

C. Excused Absence

All early-release requests must be prearranged through the student’s home school attendance office. The student must bring their excused pass from their home high school to the 916 Career and Tech Office. An early- release pass will be issued to the student.

Parent notes excusing students are not to be given to the instructors. Students will not be allowed to leave class without prior authorization from their home high school and the 916 Career and Tech Office. If a student leaves class without a pass, they will be reported to their home high school as being truant from class. Students are advised to plan ahead when they know that they will need to be released early. If a student leaves class early due to illness, they must stop at the school nurse to get their travel arrangements approved.

D. Extended Absence

Extended absence requires prior arrangements with the student’s instructor and with the Career and Technical Center Office (this request has to have been approved at the home high school before the Career and Technical Center can give approval). An excused absence pre-approval form for this purpose is available from the Career and Technical Center Office.

E. Leaving the Building

There are 41 unlocked outside doors on campus. 
Leaving the building or property without authorization is considered truancy and communicated back to the home school for disciplinary actions.

 


FOOD IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOMS.
Approved beverages are up to the discretion of the instructor. Tardiness and visits during class time will not be tolerated.

(Students should check with their home high school for expectations and responsibilities of what to do on days that 916 Career & Tech is not in session, but the home school is.

Most of the communication between the 916 Career & Tech Center and home occurs through the home high school counseling office. Guardians can view student progress and attendance through the Northeast Metro 916 Parent Portal. It is highly recommended that all guardians sign up!

In the event of an emergency, please contact the main office at (651) 415-5537. During instructional hours, staff members are generally unable to answer the phone. When you are routed to the voice messaging system, please leave a detailed message with specific contact information and your call will be returned in a timely manner. Due to instructional responsibilities, email communications may be read only once daily by staff. Therefore, one email response from staff each day is a reasonable expectation.

Students are expected to use all district-provided technology equipment and in safe and ethical manner in compliance with the Northeast Metro 916 School District Internet Acceptable Use Policy given out by instructors. Use of unauthorized locations on the internet may result in revocation of privileges and/or other disciplinary action.

916 Career and Tech Center staff members are committed to creating a positive and engaging learning environment that promotes respect for the rights of others and supports the development of individual responsibility. Student behavior that jeopardizes the safety of other students or staff will be addressed accordingly. A student’s disability and Individual Educational Plan will be carefully considered before any disciplinary action is taken. All disciplinary actions are governed by Northeast Metro 916 School Board Policy and related procedures while maintaining compliance with applicable Minnesota State and Federal Statutes and Rules. The School Board Policies on Student Discipline, Weapons and Student Search are reprinted in the appendix to this handbook.

Programs at the 916 Career and Tech Center are considered extensions of your high school

All discipline issues will be documented according to the disciplinary code and referred back to the student’s high school administration. Consequences will be determined by the Northeast Metro 916 student discipline policy in collaboration with the home high school district discipline procedures. If deemed necessary, dismissal from a program at the 916 Career and Tech Center will result in reassignment to the home high school.

EXPECTATIONS

School expectations reflect the reality of the workplace where poor behavior and lack of work ethic could result in job loss and/or injury.

  • Respect that everyone has the right to an appropriate, safe and healthy learning environment
  • Be responsible for own behavior and its effect on others by respecting staff, peers and self
  • Attend class ready to learn and prepared to work
  • Accept and appropriately respond to constructive feedback
  • Communicate own needs in a respectful and professional manner
  • Demonstrate professionalism by working with integrity, dedication, and commitment
  • We are a Tobacco Free Campus, including E-cigs.

Programs at the 916 Career and Tech Center are considered extensions of your high school. Any clothing displaying words or symbols with sexual, hate speech, violence, or drug/alcohol themes are prohibited. Students arriving at school wearing prohibited clothing will be asked to change.

A. Student Dress

Appropriate for the program you are in.

  • Shoes worn at all times
  • Wearing of special safety apparel for the program
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety shoes

B. Backpacks and Hats

All hats and back packs will be placed in assigned lockers. In lieu of lockers, instructors will designate an area of the classroom for the backpacks to be placed during class time.

Programs at the 916 Career and Tech Center are considered extensions of your high school. Students are permitted to use their personal electronic equipment in school only under the direction of the instructor.

Equipment in our shops is dangerous if improperly used. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. At the beginning of the school year, each instructor will outline the safety requirements of the course. Unsafe practices will not be tolerated.

SAFETY


A. Accident

If an injury should occur at Northeast Metro 916, it must be reported to the program instructor and an accident form must be completed. If emergency medical services are needed, students will be referred to the nearest emergency treatment facility or to their family physician. Copies of each student’s emergency card will be kept in the nurse’s office for emergency use.

B. Safety Glasses

Many programs require the use of safety glasses. In labs and shops, it is essential that they be worn at all times. These safety regulations are for your benefit. Students who refuse to wear their safety glasses will be referred to the home school for schedule reassignment.

The State Fire Marshall requires five fire drills to occur during each school year. When the alarm sounds, all students are expected to leave the building as quickly as possible via the posted exit and remain outdoors grouped together as a class.

The 916 Career & Tech Center, in collaboration with Century College and multiple local law enforcement response teams, have adopted the Run-Hide-Fight approach to an active shooter event. Students and staff will participate in 6 Run-Hide-Fight drills during the school year to practice and explore the different options.

Severe weather and protective procedures are posted in each classroom. When a drill or an actual warning is announced over the intercom, staff members are responsible to direct students to the designated shelter area.

Assistance is provided to students requiring support in responding to these situations.

Health Services: Health Services is located in room E2232, on the second level, at the south end of the building. Health Services is open, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the telephone number is (651) 779-3954. A registered nurse is available during these hours. Before going to Health Services students must have a pass issued by an instructor. Campus security is available for emergencies at (651) 747-4000.

Doctor’s Orders: Individual students may require specific medical procedures or prescription medications during the school day. Parents are reminded that a written doctor’s order and parent permission must be received by the program nurse prior to any procedure or medication being administered. Physicians may fax orders directly to Kelli Gray at (651) 415-5515.

Medication: No prescriptive medications will be administered to any student without written authorization by the parent/guardian and the student’s licensed practitioner. An Authorization for Administration of Medication form must be completed with dosage and time identified. This form must be on file in the health office before medication will be administered. The prescription medication must be in an original pharmacy package. No over-the-counter products will be used or supplied by the school health office. Parents/guardians may send their own supply of over-the-counter products (i.e., lotion, Vaseline, sunscreen, etc.) for their student’s use. These products must be in the original container labeled with your student’s name. Also, please provide written permission for use. Contact the nurse if you have further questions.

Emergency Information: To ensure the safety and well-being of students, parents/guardians emergency information will be provided by the home school each year. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform school personnel (program instructor or office staff) of any changes that occur during the school year (i.e. address or phone number, emergency contact information, medication/medical procedure, health status).

Illness/Injuries: Students who become ill during the day will be referred to the nurse. If it is determined that a student needs to go home, the nurse will inform the home high school and work with the parent/guardian to coordinate the arrangements for transportation home. If someone other than the parent or guardian is picking up the student, parent/guardian permission is required to release the student. The responsible person must show identifying information including name, address and telephone number. When parents, home staff or others designated to provide care arrive at school, they must check in at the office to sign the student out. Proper identification may be requested of individuals not recognized by office staff.

Students are not permitted to leave the building or campus without permission from classroom staff or administration. Leaving the building or property without authorization is considered truancy and communicated back to the home school for possible disciplinary actions.

Students may use the Century College Library under the direction of your instructor.

Use of locks and lockers vary by program, see your program instructor for more information. Because the lockers are not secure, students should not use them to store money or other valuables. The school is not responsible for any items stored in lockers.

School lockers are the property of Century College provided for the convenience of students. Periodic general inspections of lockers or searches based on reasonable suspicion may be conducted by Northeast Metro 916 staff or Century College security staff, without notice, without student consent and without a search warrant.

The School Board Policy on Student Searches is reprinted in the appendix to this handbook.

A Lost & Found box is maintained in the 916 Career and Technical Center Office. If an item is missing, first contact your program instructor for assistance. Students are strongly encouraged not to bring personal objects, collections, cash or other valuables to school. While every attempt will be made to locate lost items, school staff and programs are not responsible for replacement cost.

Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 staff are mandatory reporters and have an obligation to report suspected maltreatment of minors or vulnerable adults as required by state law. The School Board Policies on mandatory reporting of maltreatment are available on the School District website.

It is the policy of Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 to provide equal educational opportunity for all students. The School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, and parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation or age. The School District also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.

In the event of an emergency or severe weather, please listen to WCCO Radio AM 830 or watch WCCO Channel 4 News for specific information. The 916 Career and Technical Center will be listed as NE Metro 916 or Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916.

It is the policy of Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 to maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment and violence. District administrators or designees investigate complaints of sexual, racial or religious harassment and/or acts of violence, whether verbal, written or physical and respond with corrective or disciplinary action, if appropriate. A student’s disability and IEP are carefully considered before any disciplinary action is taken.

The School Board Policy on Harassment/Violence is reprinted in the appendix to this handbook

Northeast Metro 916 keeps permanent records on each student, past and present. 

These records are used for referrals to employers, high schools, and post-secondary schools. Records will only be sent if a Transcript Release Form has been completed. The forms are located in the 916 Career and Tech Center’s Office, room E2351 or online at: www.916careertech.org

The records are always open to eligible students or their parents. This information will not be released to any person, agency, or institution except as permitted under state and federal law, including but not limited to:

  1. Upon receipt or proper written consent from the eligible student or parent/guardian.
  2. When compelled by law, such as a lawfully issued subpoena, or as authorized by state or federal law.
  3. Release of directory information.

An annual notification of data practices is reprinted in the appendix to this handbook. A copy of the School Board Policy on Data Practices is reprinted in the appendix to this handbook. Rights as a parent and student under School Board Policy are also reprinted in this handbook.

CELL PHONES

For as long as cell phones have been on the market, schools have struggled to find ways to compete for students’ attention. All student cell phones must be turned off and put away during class time.  Staff members may give permission for personal technology use in the classroom for academic purposes depending upon the learning activity and situation

While we recognize that this can represent a large inconvenience for parents/guardians, we feel this is an important step in ensuring appropriate use during the school day, and we hope that parents/guardians engage in proactive conversations with their students about appropriate use and how the potential consequences for inappropriate use might impact them.

RECORDS

A. Grade Reports

Progress reports regarding a student’s level of performance may be issued, at the instructor’s discretion, approximately midway in each trimester or semester. The students’ records can be accessed by parents on Parent Portal; registration is available at www.916careertech.org; . Grades are reported to home high schools according to the high school district terms. The home high school maintains the student’s permanent grade record.

B. Transcripts

All students who plan to attend a post-secondary school at any time should request a copy of their 916 Career & Technical Center transcript. Students may request an official transcript be sent to a post-secondary college by submitting a transcript request form. It is also recommended that you show this transcript to the college advisor when you complete your first college visit to assist in the course selection.

The Transcript Request Form is available in the 916 Career and Technical Center’s Office, room E2351 or online at www.916careertech.org;, under the Alumni Tab.

C. College Credit - Articulated

The Northeast Metro Career and Technical Center has entered into articulation agreements with many technical & community colleges and universities to assist students. Articulation is the award of related college/university credit to students who successfully complete their 916 Career and Technical Education curriculum. The benefits of articulation are:

  • Saving money on tuition, fees and books
  • Accelerating progress
  • Reducing duplication of instruction
  • Improving job readiness skills
  • Earning college credits while still in high school

These agreements offer the students college credit or tuition credit if enrolled at that college while meeting certain requirements as listed below:

  1. Complete semester/year in the Career and Technical Center program as a junior or senior in high school.
  2. Earn a grade of A or B.
  3. Complete requirements for admission to the college (application, assessment, high school transcript), within three years* of graduation from high school.
  4. Complete the transcript request form, available in the Northeast Metro Career and Technical Center Office. It is also available online at: www.916careertech.org; under the Alumni tab. This form provides permission to send your official Career and Technical Center transcript to the college of your choice.

*May vary by program

D. College Credit - Concurrent Enrollment = Century College in the High Schools

Students enrolled in select programs at the 916 Career and Technical Center have an additional college credit opportunity called Century College in the High Schools. Once qualified and registered, Century College in the High School students earn a high school grade and a Century College transcript (college credits and grade) through active participation in their 916 Career and Technical Center program. See the Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center Course Guide for details.

E. Scholarships and Awards

The Northeast Metro 916 Education Foundation provides scholarships to students in the Career and Technical Center programs. Applications explaining the qualification requirements are given to students by their program instructor in the spring.

The Career and Technical Center has an “Outstanding Student” award program. The criteria for nomination of students for this award by teachers are:

Quality Academic Performance/Technical Skills

  • Work skill
  • Willing to participate
  • Manages time effectively
  • Accepts responsibility
  • Relates appropriately with peers
  • Relates appropriately with staff
  • Consistent attendance
  • Most improved

Textbooks are provided. There will be a charge to replace a book if it is lost, stolen, damaged, or not returned.

Bus transportation is provided by the home district to and from the 916 Career and Tech Center each day that the Center is open and the student’s high school is in session. Students are expected to follow their district’s policies concerning transportation. Each home district must approve any change in transportation arrangements. School buses will arrive five minutes before classes begin and depart five minutes after classes are over.

Upon arrival at 916 Career and Technical Center, students are expected to be in their classroom when class begins.

Any student who misses the bus returning to their high school is responsible for contacting their high school to arrange for return transportation. If this happens, students should report to the 916 Career and Tech Center Office, Room E2351.

A. Vehicle Use and Parking

Driving your own vehicle to 916 Metro Career and Tech Center requires an approval from your high school. No parking is allowed in the visitor parking area (directly in front of the building), handicapped parking areas, “reserved” parking areas, yellow curb areas, and any area that would result in blocking traffic, deliveries, etc. Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense. Driving is a privilege and not a right! Campus Security and area law enforcement officers patrol both the East and West Campus, and will issue citations for traffic violations or reckless driving and driving privileges may be taken away.

A. Badges

All visitors to 916 Career and Technical Center are directed into the main office, E2351, to sign in, receive a visitor’s badge, and to sign out when leaving the building. This procedure ensures the safety of our students and staff.

B. Student Visitors

Visitors to Career and Technical Center must be prearranged three days in advance. All visitors must have the approval of the instructor, the home high school, their parent/guardian and the 916 Career and Technical Center Office.

Forms are available from the instructors or the Center’s office. Some programs do not allow visitors.