Tech centers, technology centers, technical centers, career centers and career/technical centers all have a common purpose: to provide high-quality career/technical studies to high school students. Students may attend these centers for only a portion of the school day, week or year, or they may attend full time, receiving both academic and technical instruction at the center.
The Technology Centers That Work school improvement initiative was formed in 2007 to help these shared-time centers review and implement the actions needed to produce high-demand, high-wage graduates who will be leaders in their selected careers. The network now includes more than 130 sites in 12 states.
SREB provides member sites with staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. TCTW sites participate in the biennial HSTW Assessment and the TCTW Teacher Survey, designed specifically for teachers in shared-time centers.