Q: How do I get into Region 10?
1) Go to the course pages on our website, read the descriptions you are most interested in and choose and first and second choice.
2) Apply by filling out the application form. The sooner you do this, the better your chances are as our classes fill quickly.
3) Let your school counselor know you’re thinking of applying to Region 10. That gets the ball rolling.
4) After that, there is an admissions process which involves a campus visit (explained in detail in next question)
If you need detailed information before deciding which program might serve you best feel free to contact John Stivers, assistant director, for more information at 729-6622, x112 or by email. We will notify your high school or middle school counselor that you have applied but we suggest you do so as well. .
Q: Does everyone who applies to Region 10 get in?
Unfortunately, No. But most do.
We often have more applicants for some programs than we have available slots, so we are forced to make hard decisions on who is accepted and who is not (see “What is your admissions process?).
Also, Region 10 must take safety very seriously given the equipment in our programs, so we have to do our best to make certain that students interested in attending can be safe for themselves and others. We also work directly with the public (for instance, our Early Childhood Education program runs an actual preschool for toddlers), so students must have an appropriate level of maturity. Finally, our programs can be quite academically rigorous, so we need to make sure students aren’t set up for failure if they are not academically ready for a particular program. For details, see “What is your admissions process?” below.
Q: Do I get high school credit for going to Region 10?
A: Yes. A student’s sending school confers high school credit. At this time, all sending schools confer at least 3 credits/year for a Region 10 program students pass. There is always elective credit conferred, and some sending schools also give academic credit such as health, math, or science depending on the program. See your school counselor for more information. Foundations of Technology students all get 1 elective credit, 1 English credit, and 1 social studies credit.
Q: Can I get college credit for going to Region 10?
A: Yes—for about half of our programs.
Programs with concurrent enrollment and college credit are Creative Digital Media, EMT, C.N.A., Early Childhood Education, Auto Collision Repair, and Building Trades.
“Concurrent Enrollment credit” at Region 10 refers to college credit granted by Southern Maine Community College (and, less often at Region 10, Central Maine and Northern Maine Community Colleges) upon successful completion of Region 10 technical programs that have concurrent enrollment agreements with these colleges. Some programs also have “articulation agreements” that do not result in college credit, but do allow students who attend community college in Maine to skip introductory courses in the related technical majors.
Q: Can students earn professional certifications and licenses?
A: Yes! Most programs give students an opportunity to earn industry-recognized “certs” and licenses. These include OSHA 10, CPR, First Aid, Fire Extinguisher, Mandated Reporter, C.N.A. License (State Board of Nursing), EMT National Registry Board License, Adobe, ServeSafe, NOCTI, I-Car, AWS, and ASE.
Q: What kind of students are best suited for Region 10? Who or what are you looking for in an applicant?
A: By far the most important things we look for in an applicant who is ready for Region 10 are interest, desire, and commitment. We want enthusiastic students who want to learn what their chosen program has to offer. This will take any student a long way in our programs, and in life. Call this “heart.”
We also look at a candidate’s academic ability, behavior, and attendance.
Our programs require students with reasonably good basic academic skills, and we certainly have students here with a wide range of academic abilities. Many of our programs have dual enrollment agreements with Southern Maine Community College or with other community colleges or technical schools, so students must be academically prepared to work at that level. This doesn’t mean you have to be an honors student! Solid skills will work. Some of our programs are more academically demanding than others (in the traditional sense of that term). See our individual program page for prerequisites.
Region 10 programs are firmly set in the real world: To learn our skills, you have to be here, and we are preparing students to succeed in post-secondary education and the workplace. Attendance is important!
We also consider a candidate’s behavior record to ensure proper placement and safety. But we don’t just rely on the record—we talk with your sending school counselors and administrators about any safety concerns we might have. Why? Safety is first and foremost at Region 10—for the student candidate’s sake, and for the sake of others in the building or program. Our programs have car lifts, nail guns, welding torches, and gurneys. We do “live work” during which we fix real customer’s cars, take care of real patients in care facilities, and work with actual preschoolers on site. Safe conduct and positive behavior are necessary for our students.
Q: I have an IEP or 504 Plan. Am I eligible for Region 10?
A: Yes! Region 10 does not discriminate in its admissions process. The same admissions process applies to all students who apply, and the same considerations of readiness for the program and “appropriate placement” are made in partnership between Region 10 and the sending school team. It is sometimes the case that students—whether they have an IEP or not—are occasionally not ready for certain Region 10 programs.
Q: I am an 8th grader interested in taking a Region 10 program next year as a 9th grader. Am I eligible?
You are eligible for a program specially designed for you: Foundations of Technology, a course which introduces you to each of the courses offered here at Region 10. Click here for more information on that program.
It is unlikely that you could take any other program than Foundations as a 9th grader, but there are exceptions depending on the year, the program, and the number of 10th-12th grade applicants there are for a given program.
Q: What can I do about it if I get a letter saying I was not accepted to Region 10?
A. Every acceptance decision is reached after careful consideration and application of the admissions process. Although no process is perfect, our admissions process is “reasonably objective” as required by state regulation and allows us a mechanism by which to make difficult admissions decisions. That said, inquiries and appeals can be made to Region 10’s Superintendent/Director by phone, email, or letter.
A reversal of a decision not to accept a student is rare, and with limited slots available for a given program, it is unlikely changes could be made that would result in displacing a better or more obviously qualified candidate as determined through this process. Appeals should be made as soon as possible (within a week) after receiving the notification letter that the student as not accepted. Appeals should be addressed to Region 10’s Superintendent/Director Paul Perzanoski at 9207) 729-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I got a letter saying that I was not accepted to Region 10. Why?
A: While we hate turning students away, there are several reasons why you might not have been accepted, and we will mention the reason/s in the letter. Click here for the reasons we usually cite.
The team for the sending school consultation (sending school administration and counselors, case workers as appropriate, and Region 10 administration) may determine that the student candidate
- Needs more time to develop and mature
- May not yet be academically prepared or qualified enough—even with accommodations—to succeed in their program of choice
- May currently pose too much of a safety risk
- Has attendance issues that might make the candidate unlikely to succeed in technical programs requiring at least 350 hours/year to meet under state guidelines
- Has credit recovery needs at the sending school that would preclude the student from attending Region 10
Note: student candidates for whom the team has significant concerns are not automatically taken out of consideration for acceptance. The team will talk through circumstances to get a better handle on why there are concerns and to determine whether or not a conditional acceptance (with a performance contract) might be offered.
The results from the Region 10 visit might also indicate that the student is not yet ready because
- The score on the aptitude test was very low, or, more importantly,
- The score based on the interview was very low, indicating the student demonstrated very little interest, enthusiasm, or commitment—or that the student was inattentive, ill behaved, or disrespectful during the visit.
Q: What is your admissions process?
- We recruit at our sending high schools and middle schools in January and February to inform them about Region 10, its opportunities, and steps students should take. It is very important that students notify their high school counselor of their interest in attending Region 10. The counselor will help coordinate communications and make sure there is room in the schedule.
- We encourage anyone interested in Region 10 to apply ASAP, and certainly by the end of March. Even if a student applies to and is accepted by Region 10, there is never an obligation to attend. We are a 100% choice school. Here is a link to the application.
- Once the student applies (and the parent/guardian must sign an acknowledgement form), we notify the sending high school and we begin to consider the candidate.
- We arrange for candidates to visit Region 10 during March and April. Sending schools make a date with us and send students over on that date—typically for a whole morning or afternoon. During this visit…
- The student meets Region 10 administration, takes a brief aptitude assessment for each of the two programs they’ll visit, and fills out two “visitation” forms—one for each of two visits (one visit is to the student’s first choice program, the other is to the student’s second choice)
- The student then spends about an hour in each of the two visited programs, meets with the program instructor, sees what’s going on in the program, and has an informal interview with the instructor.
- NOTE! The visit/interview is a very important moment for the candidate. Show enthusiasm. Pay attention. Let the instructor know how interested you are. If you are shy, and if you can, admit this to the instructor or write this down on the visitation form. Advocate for yourself!
- The consulting team—Region 10 administrators and sending school personnel (counselors, administrators, and case workers)–will discuss each student’s record and characteristics and come up with a five point scale rating. Total weight: 50%
1 = student is not yet ready or suitable (this rating is an indication that the student is not yet ready for Region 10 and will automatically disqualify the student for the coming year. While this result can be discouraging, many students take this as an opportunity to improve their performance at their sending school so that they can reapply and be ready for Region 10 the following year. Many do!) [to]
5 = student is highly prepared and highly recommended.
- Region 10 instructors score the aptitude test and come up with a five point scale rating.
1 = student did poorly on the test such that I have low confidence the student can succeed in my class [to]
5 = student did superbly on the test and I have a very high level of confidence the student can succeed in my class.
- Region 10 instructors score the informal interview and visit on a five point confidence scale based on their interaction with and impression of the student during the interview and visit.
1 = student shows very little enthusiasm for, interest in, or commitment to the program [to]
5 = students shows exceptional enthusiasm for, interest in, and commitment to the program
- Region 10 averages the aptitude test score and the visit/interview score and weights each of the two based on the instructor’s recommendation. For example, most instructors count the Interview/Visitation at 75% and the Aptitude test at 25%. They feel interest, desire, and commitment are better indicators of success than the aptitude test. Total weight: 50%
- Region 10 adds the adjusted score of the school consultation (up to 5 points) to the adjusted score of the aptitude test/interview (up to 5 points) for a final, total candidate rating score between 1 and 10.
ACCEPTANCE OF NEW STUDENTS/APPLICANTS BASED ON RANK ORDER, GRADUATION YEAR (CLASS), AND SENDING SCHOOL DISTRIBUTION
Note: Region 10’s returning students in good standing will always be able to return to the second year of a program without being displaced. They also get priority if they are interviewing for a new program; so long as they are approved by the program instructor, they will get any available slots without regard to rank order. “Available slots” are determined after returning students are placed.
- We first put all new-to-Region 10 candidates on a rank ordered list for their first choice program and also for their second choice program. Their order on the list is determined by the score they got on the ten-point rating scale.
- For the most part, those at the top of the rank-ordered list are accepted into the program based on the number of free slots available. For example, if there are 15 slots available for our Widget program, those students rank ordered 1-15 will be accepted.
- All eligible candidates who were not initially accepted will be placed on their first choice program waitlist.
- Some students will be accepted conditionally, meaning the student can attend if s/he agrees to a performance contract that addresses concerns we have about attendance, behavior, or academic performance.
- If the student did not get their first choice, and if the student scored decently well, and if slots are available for their second choice program, we will accept students who did not get into their first choice program into their second choice program. A second choice candidate cannot displace a first choice candidate on a program’s waitlist (unless doing so would correct an extremely uneven distribution of students from sending school related to that program).
- Exceptions to rank-order placement of new students/applicants
- In limited cases, a lower-ranked candidate who is still well-qualified could occasionally bump a better-qualified candidate if there is an extremely uneven distribution of slots among all sending schools. Click here for an example.
If, for instance, one of our sending schools (School A) has many qualified students who would normally be accepted in a program based on rank order, while another school (School B) has only one or two who would normally be accepted based on rank order, we reserve the right to displace the lowest ranked students from School A and replace them with the highest ranking one or two more from School B.
Ii. If programs have fewer slots available than applicants, we will also tend to prioritize accepting incoming 11th graders to ensure they can take both years of a two-year program. In this case, rank-order among all 11th graders would occur, followed by rank order of 10th graders and 12th graders.
iii. As mentioned above, qualified students returning to Region 10 who want to enroll in a different program than that which they took the previous year will automatically get a spot without regard to rank order.
- After Region 10 makes its admissions decisions, we notify candidates by letter that they were accepted, accepted conditionally, or not accepted. Letters to candidates who are not accepted will include the reason/s why. These decisions and letters tend to go out in late April of a given school year. We also notify sending school counselors through email about the admissions decisions we’ve made.