School counseling services are an integral part of the total educational process at Keefe Regional Technical School. The primary goal and function of the department is to assist ALL students, through a planned program of developmental guidance and counseling services, to understand themselves in relation to their goals, abilities, interest, and needs. This planned program of services assists the student in developing the critical-thinking and decision-making skills necessary in order to formulate future goals and plans that help each student reach maximum growth potential. An appropriate school counseling program in the academic/technical, workplace readiness, and personal/social domains is one that provides each student with a sense of belonging and stability during his/her high school years.
Such a program is a shared endeavor of the student, parent, and the School Counselor. The guidance faculty assumes the roles of facilitator, teacher, consultant, advocate, and counselor in order to assist each student in his/her social, psychological, educational, career/technical goals, and in the development of a relevant Career Plan. Counselors are readily available to students and families by appointment and without appointments in times of significant need.
Every student is assigned a School Counselor who will work the student, parents, teachers, and other professionals. Primarily, the counselor assists the student in addressing concerns and decisions about course selections, school progress, personal and social relationships, and educational and career-technical planning. Some small group counseling and support groups are available. The School Counseling Department has a collection of career material and information on schools and colleges, scholarships, and supplementary material. It has established a network of referrals with community agencies to assist students and their families who are in need of specialized assistance.
School Counseling Department and Caseload Information
- Grade Point Average
- Adjustment Counselor / School Psychologist / Clinical Psychologist
- New to Keefe Tech Family Resources
- Dual Enrollment Information
- Articulation Agreements
- School Profile
A concentration in one of 17 Career & Technical Programs, plus a full schedule of academic courses makes up our students educational program. Keefe Technical School students follow the Massachusetts High School Program of Studies (MassCore) which includes: four years of English, four years of Math, three years of a lab Science, and three years of History. Students in all grade levels must meet these requirement for promotion. Additionally, all students must earn a passing grade in their Career and Technical area each year.
Students have the opportunity to benefit from a variety of articulation agreements with local colleges through their Career and Technical Programs. Qualifying juniors and seniors may participate in a dual enrollment program with area colleges. A Cooperative Education Program is also available for qualifying juniors and seniors to become involved in the world of employment experience during their Career and Technical week and earn money as well as credit toward their high school diploma.
Grade Point Average:
A weighted Grade Point Average will be determined for all Keefe Regional Technical High School students, based on a 4.0 scale. The Grade Point Average (GPA) will be based on grades in Academic subjects and Career/Technical courses. Weight shall be given to honors level (+.5) and AP (+1) classes according to the following scale:
School Counselors work with students individually to make additional referrals to other members of the Student Support Team as needed. Team member information is listed below, but students are encouraged to reach out to their School Counselor as the initial point person for any concerns.
Qualifying sophomores, juniors and seniors have the option to take dual enrollment courses at local colleges and universities while they are enrolled as a student at Keefe Tech. Our most frequent partnerships are with Framingham State University and MassBay Community College. Information about courses available will be sent to students via school email, updated in the school's online newsletter and put in the announcements. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves with additional course work and should connect with their School Counselor about this opportunity. A number of students have graduated from Keefe Tech with a full semester of college courses completed free of cost!
MassBay is offering 4 different Dual Enrollment Courses for the spring 2019 semester!
Spring 2019 Dual Enrollment Course Offerings:
Social Problems (SO 115-152) Mondays 6:00pm – 9:15pm 1/28/19 – 5/10/19
Course Description: Examines selected problems affecting life in contemporary society. Topics may include aging, crime and delinquency, drugs, race/ethnicity, and minority issues. Develops awareness and understanding of why and how problems arise, and the means for dealing with them. Lecture: 3 hours per week. (This course is funded through CDEP)
Contemporary Nutrition (NS101-162) Tuesday 6:00pm – 9:15pm 1/22/19 – 5/10/19
Course Description: Contemporary Nutrition examines nutritional principles. A study of the main nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins and minerals is made. Dietary recommendations for optimal health for different age groups are covered and used to design diet plans. Modern society’s afflictions due to nutritional excesses or deficiencies are covered, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia. Emphasis is given to the use of sound dietary practices as the means for preventing disease. Lecture: 3 hours per week. (This course is funded through CDEP and STEM Starter Academy).
Introduction to Communication (CO 100-115) Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm – 4:45pm 1/22/19 – 5/10/19
Course Description: An introduction to the history and principles of human communication. The course will cover the development of communication from signals, to speech, to writing, and to the mass communication technologies of print, broadcast media, and computers. Contemporary models and theories of human communication will be emphasized. Finally, the course will consider the growing field of communication as both an academic discipline and a career focus. This will enable students to make informed choices about their future study and job options. Lecture: 3 hours per week (This course is funded through CDEP)
Principles of Management (MG 101-015) Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm – 4:45pm 1/22/19 – 5/10/19
Course Description: Integrates traditional and behavioral approaches to management. Managerial functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. Apply decision-making, leadership, communication, coordination, delegation, and authority-responsibility relationships. Appreciation of the technical and conceptual, aspects of organizational thinking. Selected case studies and contemporary examples used to illustrate the application of management principles. Lecture: 3 hours per week. (This course is funded through CDEP)
Recent dual enrollment courses that students have participated in are:
Introduction to Cyber Security - MassBay (taught on Keefe Tech campus)
Scripting - MassBay (taught on Keefe Tech campus)
Intro to Sociology - MassBay
General Psychology - Framingham State
Social Problems - Framingham State
Humanities - MassBay
Intro to Computer Science - Framingham State
Fundamentals of MicroBiology w/lab - MassBay
Cultural Anthropology - Framingham State
An articulation agreement allows a Keefe Tech student to apply credits earned in specific Career and Technical Programs toward advanced standing, equal transfer, or direct entry into specific majors at various colleges.
Articulation Agreements serve students and facilitate transfer opportunities for high school graduates who want to pursue certificates, or associate degrees in order to enter, or advance in education or employment.
Keefe Technical School works closely with various colleges on such agreements to best serve our students.
Articulation Agreements are available with:
Bristol Community College
o Business Technology
o Culinary Arts
o Graphic Communications
o Visual Communications
Johnson & Wales
o Culinary Arts
Mass Bay Community College
o Business Technology
Massasoit Community College
o Visual Art & Design
o Culinary Arts
Quinsigamond Community College
o Business Technology
Wentworth Institute of Technology