Former Student Success Story: Business and Dual Enrollment
Written By Casey Bonville Blackstone Class of 2012
Participating in my first Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes in 2010 at Presque Isle Regional Career and Technical Center (PIRCTC) helped shaped the entrepreneurial outlook I now have in life. CTE classes are not your general education classes which include Math, Science, and English; these classes include real-world learning opportunities for high school students.
All students should be required to take CTE classes in high school because of the high benefits they offer. I graduated Presque Isle High School with 15 college credits (basically a whole semester of college!)
because of the connection PIRCTC has with Northern Maine Community College. I furthered my education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent where I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. PIRCTC is a huge part of how I graduated from my four-year program in just three short years. They helped discover my love for all things business. Giving students the opportunity to explore all the programs from AgriScience to Early Childhood Education is setting them up to succeed.
A month after graduation I landed a full-time position at Falcon Transportation. This job is allowing me to have a steady source of income while I continue to discover which one of my small business ideas will transform into the right business to serve Aroostook County and Maine.