Wright Technical Center: Mission & Vision
The Wright Technical Center (WTC), school district 966 was created during the early 1970's to serve the needs of
several independent school districts in Sherburne and Wright Counties. Participating districts are Annandale, Big Lake,
Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose, Delano, Howard Lk/Waverly/Winsted, Maple
Lake, Monticello and St. Michael/Albertville.
The Mission of Wright Technical Center is:
"To cooperate with member school districts to guide students through career exploration and skills development"
The Vision of the Wright Technical Center is:
"To provide an array of state-of-the-art career and technical programs
and other educational opportunities in collaboration with member
For most of its
30+ years of history the Center has provided Career and Technical
Education and Alternative Education opportunities for area
Career and Technical Center
Do you want to get started learning specific job skills or begin developing a career? The Wright Technical Center (WTC) has a long and proud tradition of providing in-depth, state of the art educational programs for high school students. WTC offers specialized career and technical training that is not otherwise offered through area high schools. Students earn high school credit and satisfy district graduation requirements. Each of the WTC's career and technical programs prepares students for today's competitive and dynamic workplace.
The Wright Technical Center prepares its students for the world of work in the 21st century using the following principles:
- Development of job specific skills
- Integration of academic
- Infusion of technology
- Involvement of community and industry partnerships
- Articulation with post-secondary education to award college credits
- Emphasis on students
In order to achieve and maintain this high standard and offer rigorous and relevant content, an active advisory committee comprised of business/industry representatives, community members, educators and students guides the continuous improvement of each program. These committees provide a current perspective on industry standards and expectations, thereby keeping WTC programs focused on preparing today's students for future workplace requirements. Students at WTC enjoy having access to:
- Industry expert teachers
- State-of-the-art hardware and software
- Industry standard equipment, tools and supplies
- Industry and academic educational standards
- Business/industry practitioners
- Computer labs
Upon completion of the WTC programs, students are prepared to enter the workforce and/or continue their education at two or four year colleges and universities. Apprenticeship and internship opportunities are available. Lifelong learning is stressed.
WTC Class Schedule:
- First Block Schools: Big Lake, Delano, and St. Michael/Albertville Times: 7:53 - 9:24
- Second Block Schools: Buffalo Times: 9:25 - 11:50
- Third Block Schools: Annandale, Howard Lake/Wav./Win., Maple Lake and Monticello Times: 12:40-2:20
Other arrangements can be made on an individual basis.
Area Learning Center
Middle School Program:
Wright Learning Center's middle
level program is designed to meet the unique needs of the middle level
learner. This program offers required and elective classes developed in
coordination with staff licensed in each core area. Emphasizing
thinking skills, positive life coping skills, and strong study skills,
this program is designed to help students transition back to their traditional
To earn credit, students must
complete all required work at a satisfactory level and demonstrate
appropriate learning behavior. Progress is based upon the number
of hours or units satisfactorily completed and is evaluated on
a monthly basis.
To enroll in this program one
must be referred by their resident school district and meet state
guidelines. Please contact Jean Pederson at 763 684-2218 for additional
High School Program:
Learning Center is tailored to meet the individual needs of high
school at-risk learners grades nine through twelve who have fallen
behind in course work, who have not been successful in traditional
schools and/or who want to attend a program that better addresses their
individual needs. Students from any Minnesota school district may
participate. In our programs students will develop an Individual Learning
Plan that addresses their unique learning needs.
are developed to prepare you for the Minnesota basic skills tests and
MCA tests in order to be in compliant with the graduation requirements
of the school
district in which students reside. Both day and evening options are
available to accommodate individual needs and a summer school session
is also provided.
We offer the following core curriculum classes:
In addition, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in the
following career and technical education elective courses:
Automotive Technology, Automotive Careers, Construction Technology, Cosmetology Careers, Early Childhood and Elementary Careers, Health Science Careers & Nursing Assistant, Project Lead The Way Engineering, Landscape and Horticulture Careers, Law Enforcement/First Responder, On-The-Job
Training, Welding Technology
In order to enroll you must meet state guidelines.
Please contact Jean Pederson at 763 684-2218 for additional enrollment
Independent Study Program:
The Independent Study Program offers high school learners
who cannot attend classes regularly-because of work, family obligations
or personal reasons-an opportunity to graduate from high school through
independent study. Students have the opportunity to earn credits
toward graduation. Credit is based on both scheduled individual
instruction time and course work completed outside of school. Students
are required to attend class once a week and must complete all work at
a satisfactory level.