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Letters to Families

Jan. 11, 2023: Ninth-Grade Students to Make CTE Major Choices By Jan. 20

January 11, 2023

Dear Minuteman Ninth-Grade Parents and Guardians,

Over the course of our Freshmen Exploratory Program, every ninth-grade student has been introduced to all our career technical education (CTE) majors offered at Minuteman High School. The students are now in the process of revisiting their top-choice career areas to spend additional time.

As the Freshmen Exploratory Program is winding down, all ninth-grade students will be asked to make their final CTE major selection on Friday, January 20th. Students will receive a Microsoft Form that afternoon to record their choices online. 

A student’s decision on a CTE major is a crucial component of Freshman Exploratory. During the orientation process at the beginning of the school year, all students were given a career information guide that outlined various careers and pathways. The booklet focused on educational requirements, career opportunities, projected job growth and expected salaries. In addition, each freshman completed the Harrington O’Shea Career Decision Making System which assesses abilities, interests, and work values to assist in making this important decision, which is done with the guidance of our school’s freshmen Guidance Counselor.

Because choosing their majors is such an important decision, we ask that you discuss your student’s choice to ensure that they are choosing a career path that enables success. Finally, we ask that you consider second and third program options should your student not be accepted in their first choice; some of our programs may have waitlists. We are happy to meet with students throughout the course of the year if they need any additional guidance.

If you have any questions please contact Melissa Gorbatov, Career and Technical Education Administrative Assistant at


Kathleen Bouchard, M.Ed., CAGS
Director of Career and Technical Education
Minuteman High School