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Cranston Area Career & Technical Center
CACTCThe Cranston Area Career & Technical Center provides high quality career exploration while giving students the opportunity to earn post-secondary credits through our concurrent enrollment program. Expectations at the CACTC are high and students consistently meet and exceed benchmarks as evidenced by the over 170 college credits and 200 industry recognized certifications earned last year.

Out with the Old……In with the New! A scientific approach to hands-on education, making science relevant, meaningful, and important.

Have you ever handled a live fish? Grown plants without soil? Grown algae to feed shellfish? Hatched brine shrimp? Have you ever sampled a local pond or stream to observe the wildlife within it? Have you ever designed and set up an aquarium? Have you ever witnessed salmon hatching and developing? Have you ever observed paramecium under a microscope? Have you ever anesthetized a fish? Do you know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Have you ever worked on an oyster farm or conducted research in Narragansett Bay?

We have! And we do it on a daily basis. Come join us and take part in our unique way of learning and experiencing science in the world around us. Our three-year program provides students with all the skills necessary to succeed during and after high school. Whether you matriculate to college or apply to work in the industry, our students are well prepared upon graduation.

Child Development

“Treating each student as an individual because we believe everyone is unique in their diversity, their educational ability and learning styles”

child development

The Child Development Program is designed to provide the most current and comprehensive content to students about the growth and development of the young child, including the emotional, social, and intellectual needs common to the development of children from conception through adolescence. This program focuses on basic competencies such as the following:

  • Real – Life Connections to parenting
  • Career Opportunities
  • Diverse Learning work place
  • Professional behavior Application of Child Development Principles
  • Curriculum planning and preparation
  • Child guidance and teaching
  • Cultural Connections
  • Communication skills

The program comprises three levels. Students develop an understanding of entry level and professional careers related to child development, operate a full year nursery school, and intern at local elementary schools to gain an understanding of entry level and professional careers related to Child Development. The Child Development Program is offered at the Honors Level.

Cisco Cyber Security & Digital Forensics

ciscoCISCO Level 1 consists of Discovery Home and Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP. CISCO Level 2 starts with Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise and Designing and Supporting Computer Networks.

The CISCO curriculum is a standards based on-line curriculum, and combines theory with practical hands-on applications. Students get a username and password from CISCO which allows them to view the CISCO curriculum, software and labs anywhere they have an internet connection. Tests are online and graded immediately upon completion. Students that complete the two-year program may take the CISCO Certified Networking Associate “CCNA” exam. This certification carries worldwide acceptance as a skilled networking professional.


The Cisco Program is proud to expand it's SWATS program and to now offer after school Computer Repair. This Program is open to the public for any pc or networking problems. It will be run after school by the Teacher Mr DeRosa and the SWATS repair team. With any repair you will be asked to pay for any parts needed and we will be asking for a donation to the program instead of a labor charge. Please take a look at the attached flyer.

Computer Aided Design/Drafting

CADThe Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting program uses a core curriculum that is designed to support students in gaining knowledge in the area of CAD applications upon program completion. The program introduces students to the concepts, methods, and techniques needed to translate ideas, sketches and illustrations into working drawings, while developing the range of skills necessary in order to specialize in many areas of the drafting industry.

Students have individual work stations equipped with the most up to date instruments, including “AutoCAD” computer–assisted drafting software. Students explore various methods of developing drawing skills while creating a portfolio for use when applying to higher education or an industry related position.

After developing basic drawing techniques, students are allowed to progress according to his/her own abilities and interests. They can explore various industrial topics such as machine detailing, machine illustration, industrial design, product illustration and architectural detailing and illustration.

Since drafting is the universal language in all industries, the drafting program not only prepares students for entry level drafting positions in a wide variety of occupational fields, but also enables students to prepare for continuing education at two and four year colleges and universities and trade and technical schools.

Culinary Arts

culinarySo you think you like to eat? Do you like to cook and travel? Do you have that secret desire to host your own Food Network show? Perhaps own your own restaurant? This might just be the course of study for you! Culinary Arts is a three year food and fun filled program that will prepare you with the knowledge, tools and hard work it takes to let your love of food take you wherever you want to go. From the basics of food preparation, knife skills and cooking methods to the exotic foods of different countries, flambéing table service, wedding cakes and ice carving our curriculum will train you in all aspects of the Food and Beverage / Hospitality Industry.

The Culinary / Pastry Arts program is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the food service industry or for application to college-level food service programs. Our program has several articulation agreements with major colleges and universities such as Johnson & Wales and Connecticut Culinary that save you time and money by giving you college credit before you even start! Students learn through guest chef and peer demonstrations, field trips to culinary arts sites, as well as through actual hands-on preparations. At the end of the program of studies, students have the opportunity to become certified through the National Restaurant Association’s Serv-safe Sanitation and Pro-Start programs.

Topics of study include:
-Basic and advanced cooking techniques
-Baking and pastry arts
-Food art and design
-Food service and sanitation
-Menu and event planning
-Applied culinary math and science
-Food and beverage service
-Inventory control purchasing


entrepreneurshipAre you interested in running your own business? Can’t get enough of the catchy jingles and slogans of those TV and Radio commercials? Want to manage a sports or entertainment celebrity or just let everyone know who they are? Or do you just want to be involved with one of the fastest growing college majors.

Compete with students from all around the world at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in places like Orlando, FL., Atlanta, GA., Anaheim, CA. and Louisville, KY., in the project area of your choice. When you join the Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management Program you can look forward to the following educational opportunities:

-Creating and implementing marketing campaigns for products and events to help fundraise for program costs such as field trips to conferences and marketing site visits. Some of the successful past fundraisers have been the show, “Are you Smarter than a Falcon?” Sweatshirt and Sweatpant sales, and East vs. West Thanksgiving Game t-shirts.

-Membership to both DECA and Skills national student organizations.

Graphic Communications

The Graphic Communications Program is a 3 year sequential Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. This program is PrintED Certified, which is a national certified organization. This program prepares students for employment in the many diverse field in the Graphic Communications Industry to continue their post education in Technical Schools, Community Colleges or Universities. This program not only meets this task by education students to be come Graphic Designers, Offset Press Operators, Bindery Technicians, Plate Technicians, Preflight Technicians, Paper Specialist, Sales, future Business owners, but also integrates Math, English and Science in all Graphic Communications applications. All students are members and compete in SkillsUSA, which promotes healthy competition within the academic structure and professional development. Levels 2 and 3 are encouraged to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship Programs available through the Career and Technical Center.

The Graphic Communications classroom environment consists of:
-High End Macintosh computer lab
-Color Scanner
-Black & White and Color Laser Printer
-Bindery Stations
-Booklet Maker, Folder, Stitcher, Perforator, Scorer, Paper Drill, Hydraulic Cutter
-Metal Plate Burner
-AB Dick & Ryobi Presses
-single to full color work
-Pisces RIP System
-Computer to Plate SystemContent 7

Interactive Digital Media

Do you like to play games? Do you like to watch and create animations? Did you ever design something on the computer and wish you could print it out and actually hold it in your hands? Did you ever wonder how special effects were created on the computer? Did you ever wonder how your face would look on the body of a superhero?

If you answered yes to any of these questions Interactive Digital Media is designed to give you hands-on experience to those answers. Topics include web design, digital imaging, programming, game development, game design, animation, digital video and 3D graphics. We use the leading software found in industry. The Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator. Game Engines: GameMaker & Unity 3D. 3D software including SketchUp, Cheetah 3D and Maya. Throughout your three years, you will have an opportunity to work with other software programs including GarageBand, iMovie, FinalCut Pro, Cinema 3D, FL Studios and ZBrush. Equipment in our room includes a Mac lab, MakerBot 3D printer and scanner, several Wacom drawing tablets, green screen and video equipment

Medical Pathways

The Medical Pathways program is a comprehensive three year program designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and prepare for the many career areas in health care.  Students learn about the structure and function of the human body, as well as disease processes and the associated symptoms and treatments, and they also practice patient care skills which are integrated into the curriculum throughout the program. Guest speakers and field trips are other opportunities that enhance the program curriculum

Continued education is also provided in a variety of medical settings as students participate in internships throughout Levels 2 and 3.  The Medical Pathways program was recently licensed as a state-approved Certified Nurse Assistant Training Site.  This will provide students with an opportunity to take the state C.N.A. (Certified Nurse Assistant) exam during their senior year.

-CPR Certification (American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Certification)
-First Aid Certification (American Heart Association)
-Measuring and recording patient vital signs
-Student Internships throughout Junior and Senior years.
-Medical Terminology
-Patient care skills such as lifting, moving, and transferring patients, as well as many other patient care skills.
-Medical Principles and Techniques of Infection Control
-Skills required of health care professionals in maintaining infection control. These include:  Handwashing, Donning and Removing Gloves, Gowns, Masks, and other related equipment
-Importance of cultural considerations, human development, and the impact of illness.


pre-engineeringThe Pre-Engineering Technology program is designed to teach the problem solving skills needed by college-bound students that are planning to become engineers or technologists. The program spans three years, covering areas that include analog and digital electronics, mechanical power systems, avionics, application and Visual Basic programming. Advanced projects may include fiber-optics and LASER systems, instrumentation with remote sensing, and microcontrollers/microprocessors for robot control and guidance. Advanced students, working in teams, will be involved with the design and construction of robots and advanced remote sensing that include land-based, underwater, and airborne/aerial systems. Highly qualified students may apply to receive honors credit in the 2nd and 3rd years of study. Successful students may also receive up to 16 college credits from local colleges and universities.

Level 1 Major Topics:                 
Robotic Systems, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Basic Electricity, Analog Circuits, Digital Circuits, Computer-Aided Electronic Design & Simulation, Power Systems, Application Programming, Fourth Quarter Team Design Project

Level 2 Major Topics:
Power Supply Design, Electro-Optics/LASERS, Fiber-Optic Systems, Instrumentation and Sensors, Micro-controllers, Remote Sensing, Computer-based RC Flight Simulation, IR &  Ultrasonic Systems, RC Systems, Operational Amplifiers, Underwater Vehicle Design, CAD/CAM Software, Basic CNC Machining, Internet Interfacing

Level 3 Major Topics:
Computer Automated Manufacturing, Visual BASIC Interfacing, LASERS for C3, Robot Vision Systems, H.F. Radio Control, Advanced Micro-controllers, Mobile Robot Design & Construction, Advanced Aero Systems, CAD/CAM Systems, Senior Design Project

Residential Repair Remodeling & Construction

constructionThe Building and Construction program is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the various trades in the field of construction. Emphasis is placed on the carpentry field. Exploratory experiences are provided in carpentry, cabinet making, plumbing, electrical and masonry trades.

Students will learn the safe and proper use of hand tools, power tools, and other equipment used in the construction industry. They will also be introduced to the math, terms and technologies related to the construction industry. In the first part of the second year of this program students will take OSHA courses and receive their ten hour cards to be certified to work on job sites in the construction industry.   

Second and third year students are involved in actual construction projects such as sheds, and other onsite and off campus building; additions, finished basements, prefab buildings and roofing. The second and third years of this program are taught on a week-about basis, where students meet for up to four periods a day for a seven day rotation every other week to allow the necessary time to complete projects. The program is NCCER curriculum certified, recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors of R.I. and the AGC. We have articulation agreements with CCRI,  NEIT and MTTI.