Student Handbook

WELCOME to the 916 Career and Tech Center located on Century College-East Campus for the 2019-2020 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.

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.

About This Handbook

This handbook highlights some of the frequently visited topics of the full 916 handbook.  The operational guideline, “What is good for ALL 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.  Students will also have more freedom than ever experienced in an educational setting; with this, comes more choices.  

Students who need support handling the choices available at the 916 Career & Tech Center will have escalating levels of support to help them make good choices.

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 expectations.

EQUITY STATEMENT

At Northeast Metro 916, equity means that everyone has access to what they individually need in order to learn, grow and thrive.
At Northeast Metro 916, equity is a core component of all our work and is necessary to maximize the potential of each individual students, staff and family. We believe equity is a continuous and challenging process in which we must work to recognize and reduce assumptions and biases to truly understand the needs and potential of those whom we support. We are dedicated to fully engaging with others about our differences and deepening conversations around dignity, inclusion and culture. We will hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions through our everyday interactions with each other. We are committed to using equity to guide all interactions, decisions, and instruction.

DISTRICT MISSION

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District responds to the unique needs of students, educators, and school districts with innovation, quality, and trusted experience.

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.

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.

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 home 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. 
     
D. Extended Absence
Extended absence requires prior arrangements with the student’s instructor and with the 916 Career & Tech Center Office  An excused absence pre-approval form for this purpose is available from the Career and Technical Center Office.

CAFETERIA

Approved food and beverages are up to the discretion of the instructor.  Visits during class time are by special exception by the instructor.

2019-2020 CALENDAR 

Students should check with their home high school for expectations when the home school is in session and the 916 Career & Tech is not.

AUGUST 2019

  • 28: OPEN HOUSE 3:00 to 6:00 pm

SEPTEMBER

  • 3: FIRST STUDENT DAY
  • 16: NO SCHOOL, STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

OCTOBER

  • 16: NO SCHOOL, STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY
  • 17-18: NO SCHOOL, EDUCATION MN CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 

  • 8: NO SCHOOL, STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY
  • 28-29: NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK

DECEMBER

  • 20-31: NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK

JANUARY

  •   1: NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK
  • 17: NO SCHOOL, STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY 
  • 20: NO SCHOOL, MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY

FEBRUARY

  • 17: NO SCHOOL, PRESIDENT'S DAY
  • 24: NO SCHOOL, STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

MARCH

  • 9-13: NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK

APRIL

  • 10: NO SCHOOL
  • 27: NO SCHOOL, STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

MAY

  • 25: NO SCHOOL, MEMORIAL DAY

JUNE

  • 5: LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
  • 8-9: EMERGENCY MAKE UP DAYS

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.

COMMUNICATION

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. 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.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

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. 

DRESS CODE

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 offensive clothing will be asked to change. 

EMERGENCY AND SAFETY

Safety is everyone’s responsibility.  At the beginning of the school year, each instructor will outline the safety requirements of the course. In labs and shops, it is essential that they be worn at all times.  Students who refuse to wear their safety glasses will be referred to the home school for schedule reassignment.  

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.  Copies of each student’s emergency card will be kept in the nurse’s office for emergency use.

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 emergency 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:  Health Services is located in room E2232.  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 Century College Health Services 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 Century College Health Services.  If it is determined that a student needs to go home, Century College Health Services will inform the home high school and work with the parent/guardian to coordinate the arrangements for transportation home 

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.

LIBRARY 

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

LOCKERS

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

LOST AND FOUND

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.

MALTREATMENT REPORTING

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.

NONDISCRIMINATION

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.

SCHOOL CLOSING/LATE START/EARLY DISMISSAL

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.   

SEXUAL, RACIAL OR RELIGIOUS HARASSMENT

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

STUDENT RECORDS

Northeast Metro 916 keeps records on each student, past and present.
     
These records are used for referrals to employers, high schools, and post-secondary institutions.  Records will 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; under the Transcripts tab.

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.

A copy of the School Board Policy on Data Practices as well as the Rights as a Parent and Student can be found in the School Board Policy Handbook. 
     
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 guardians 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 on our web page under Transcript Request.
     
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

A chart of possible courses is available at: www.916careertech.org; under the Alumni tab.

These agreements offer the students college credit or tuition credit if enrolled at that college while meeting the 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), 

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.  On average, the 916 Education Foundation has given away $35,000 in scholarships per year.

The Career and Technical Center has an “Outstanding Student” award program every spring.  

TEXTBOOKS

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

TRANSPORTATION

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, 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.

VISITORS

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.

Bring Your Own Device(BYOD) at the 916 Career & Tech Center

916 Career & Tech Center students are allowed to use student-owned technology devices in classrooms to aid in student learning.

What devices can be used?

  • iPad, iPad mini, iTouch, Chromebook, Netbook, Smartphone or any other device that can connect to a wireless network can be brought. All devices are expected to follow the district guidelines on the other side of this form.

  • NOTE: Not all devices will function on a BYOD system.  Students are encouraged to try their device however Northeast Metro 916 makes no guarantee that a particular device is compatible and will not provide technical support to attempt to onboard a device beyond basic assistance and support.

How will these devices be used in the classroom?

  • Devices may be used during class times with teacher permission.
  • All students will have access to Google tools through 916 Apps, which will enable learning work to happen on any type of device.  A variety of other web-based tools may be used by individual teachers with their classes.

What other rules should we know about device use?

  • Use of personal devices is at teacher discretion.
  • Tech Support will not be available for troubleshooting.
  • Personal device use must support the instructional activities currently occurring in the classroom/lab.
  • When requested by a teacher, students must turn off and put away personal devices.
  • Student devices should not-distract others-in the classroom/lab and must always be visible when in use.
  • Student devices should only be used for educational purposes while at school.
  • Students are responsible for their devices at all times while at school. It is suggested that students affix a sticker to their  device for ease of identifying devices that have been authorized.
  • Devices may be used for pictures and/or videos when authorized by the teacher for school projects only. Misuse of the
    photos may result in loss of privilege.
  • If the device is not used properly, the student will-lose the privilege of bringing a device for a period of time ranging from  one day to the remainder of the school year, depending on the severity of the incident.
  • Loss of onboarding privileges would be the eventual consequence for violations to these guidelines and agreements.
  • Use of technology in the school environment is mandated by federal law to be filtered for offensive content.
  • Students will not attempt to bypass the district’s Internet filtering program by using their data plan or another network.

What if my student's device is stolen/broken?

  • Neither the school district nor classroom teacher is responsible in the event a device is stolen or broken. Students and parents will assume that risk if their device is brought to school.

What's next?

  • Read and sign the other side of this and return to your Career & Tech Center teacher.
  • District Information Services will set up the student's wireless access login and password.
  • The Career & Tech Center teacher will communicate the login information back to the student.

Who can answer further questions?
Please contact Jill Stewart-Kellar, Principal, at 651-415-5610 with any questions. 

Student Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Agreement

Students of Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District may wish to bring personal technology services, such as tablets, MP3 players, eReaders, laptops, or other devices for use in learning at school.  These devices may or may not require access to a wireless network.  If a student wishes to use a personal technology device at school, s/he as well as a parent/guardian must sign and return this form.  When the agreement is signed and returned to school, the school district's Information Services (IS) Department can set up wireless network access for the student.
 
By signing and returning this form, students and parents/guardians understand and agree that:

  • Use of the personal device at school is a privilege pursued by the student/family; it is not a requirement for school work.
  • Internet access on the personal device will be filtered with the same filtering program used on all district computers.
  • Students will be required to connect to the district's wireless network.
  • Use of technology in the school environment is mandated by-federal law to be filtered for offensive content.  Students will not attempt to bypass the district's Internet filtering program by using their data plan or another network.
  • Personal devices will have a profile installed by the Information Services Department and the profile should always be left on the device.  If removed, wireless access will no longer work.
  • Students will access the wireless network with a personal username and password. The district will have the capability to know what activities the student engages.in online while connected to the district's wireless network.  The district will not have the capability to-monitor the student's online activities on the personal device when not connected to the district's network.
  • If there are any technical problems with the device, it is the student's and family's responsibility to fix, update, troubleshoot, etc.  Neither teachers nor the district Information Services Department will be able to assist with this.
  • Northeast Metro 916 does not accept responsibility for personal property-brought to school by students.  This includes but is not limited to theft, loss or damage.
  • Students will use the device is a way that is respectful to others in the classroom.  If requested by a staff member to  put the device away, the student will do so.
  • Access to the district's wireless network is a privilege and the district can revoke the privilege at any time, especially in cases of inappropriate use.
  • Students using personal devices must adhere to the school board Technology Responsible Use and Safety Policy 524.

Students and families agree to abide by this policy yearly by signing and returning a separate form to school.

*Note* Not all devices will function on a BYOD system. Students are encouraged to try their device however Northeast Metro 916 makes no guarantee that a particular device is compatible and will not provide technical support to attempt to onboard a device beyond basic assistance and support.