Repurposed to Help Others Grow.
Since 1957, the current location of Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) was known as Neilsen Manufacturing. It was a large sheet metal plant that operated for 51 years and had to close in 2008 when the economy crashed.
In 2013, Mountain West became interested in the Career Technical Education (CTE) school concept and with the help of Chuck Lee, President of Mountain West Career Technical Institute, started doing some research on concepts in Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The idea of CTEC was born and the search for a 150,000 square foot building to accommodate 10 different CTE programs began. This site fit the bill and had the added bonus of being relatively centrally located to several of the high schools here in the Salem Keizer Public School District.