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Payette River Regional Technical Academy is a school of choice that combines career development and 21st century skills to provide advanced academic opportunities. In addition, specific career clusters and pathways are provided in order to prepare students for immediate employment or to give them a head start on their post-secondary training. Each career pathway also has an entrepreneurial piece involved in which students use their new found knowledge and skills to produce a product. For example, the culinary arts program offers catering services, and the graphic arts students design and produce t-shirts and logos for non-profit companies.

Electives offered include:

  • Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Visual Arts and Graphic Communications
  • Business Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Health Sciences (Sports Medicine, Nursing)

Specific career clusters and pathways include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing (Welding, Fabrication)
  • Marketing, Sales, and Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Payette River Regional Technical Academy also provides the following:

ENRICHING AND INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING: In a traditional school, students typically experience a passive learning environment. At PRTA, students are immersed into an amazing educational experience that stimulates the senses. Research shows that true learning takes place when stimulated neurons fire at many locations at the same time. PR2TA students learn through visual, auditory, and tactile multimedia experiences. They enjoy a social environment with their peers that facilitates positive thoughts and emotions. Students have the ability to excel when they are ready to advance or get extra help, if needed. Classes are tailored around the students’ needs and interests.

REAL WORLD APPLICATION: Students often complain that school is boring or that they cannot relate to what they are asked to learn. PR2TA classes are designed to teach students all of the important standards, but using projects and instructional strategies that make learning fun and relevant. Students are able to choose topics and projects that important to them.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY: PRTA prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be informed and productive citizens in the 21st century. Students are accepted into a wide variety of public and private universities and colleges. Some students choose a technical or vocational school to prepare them for their career choice.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES: From their incredible virtual classroom environment to the amazing variety of Advanced Placement, Dual Credit and Distance Learning coursework; PR2TA works hard to find, implement, and create the best technologies available for students. Payette River Technical Academy’s campus boasts a 3D printer, laser cutters and engravers, a steel cutting CVC machine, a T-shirt press capable of producing 2000 shirts per day, and the largest robotic arm of any school in Idaho.

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