Pine Academies

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Summer Academy is a three-day summer enrichment program for students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2022. The Academy will provide students with an in-depth and hands-on approach to explore future career options through project-based learning.

Dates: June 21-23, 2022

Time: 8:00AM-3:00PM

Location: Pine Technical and Community College

Registration now open --  space is limited!

Automotive Academy

This academy will expose you to the world of transportation and the automotive industry. You will gain a foundational knowledge for basic automotive repair, visit local automotive dealerships, and check out classic cars during PTCC’s annual BBQ and Car Show. On the final day, you will put your new-found technical skills to the test in a team competition to see who can diagnose and solve basic automotive problems.

Instructor: Greg Pardun

Full Price Registration ($125)                          Scholarship Registration ($75)  

Cyber Security Academy

This academy will expose you to the world of Cyber Security. During this three-day session you will setup and program a Raspberry Pi 4, discover how networks work, explore computer communication protocols and learn basic coding with HTML. At the end of the Academy, you will take home your own Raspberry Pi 4!

Instructor: Chris Morgan

Full Price Registration ($125)                            Scholarship Registration ($75) 

Healthcare Academy

This academy will expose you to the world of Nursing and Emergency Medical Services. Could you be the hero if a medical disaster struck your hometown? In this academy, you will participate in hands-on simulations that will provide foundational knowledge for dealing with every day, and occasional, medical emergencies. Learn how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of infections, and obtain the Basic Life Support CPR Certification.  

Instructors: Shannon Widenstrom, Karla Pankow and Carleen Kendall, RN.

Full Price Registration ($125)                                Scholarship Registration ($75) 

Welding, Design, & Fabrication Academy

This academy will expose you to the fundamentals of welding, design, and fabrication. In true “Junkyard Wars” style, you will travel to the local junkyard to find hidden treasures. Back on campus, you will work with a team, using your materials to design, fabricate, and weld together a true masterpiece. On the final day, teams will compete to see which masterpiece will take home gold.

Instructors: Jeffrey Tuckner and Colton Lourey 

Full Price Registration ($125)                              Scholarship Registration ($75) 

Registration includes: an Academy t-shirt, light breakfast, and lunch each day. Scholarships are available for students eligible for free and reduced lunch program.

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PTCC offers high school students the opportunity to participate in several different career and technical education (CTE) academy programs called Pine Academies. Pine Academies are a series of courses focused on specific careers or areas of interest and are designed to give students a jump start on their college education and explore for a future career. Credits earned in academy courses count toward a student’s high school diploma and their future college degree, and are easily transferred to other colleges and universities.

Pine Academies are offered at local high schools and via Interactive Television (ITV). Select academies are offered at each location, so make sure to talk with your high school counselor about availability at your school. 

The following is a list of the Pine Academies offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Click here to view more information about each academy.


Benefits to Students

By participating in a Pine Academy, students will: 

  1. Earn both high school and college credit 
  2. Explore specific career fields  
  3. Jump-start a college certificate, diploma, or degree
  4. Earn transferrable credit 

 If you are interested in participating in a Pine Academy, follow these steps below: 

  1. Talk to your high school counselor to see what is available at your school
  2. Work with your high school counselor to determine if you meet PSEO eligibility requirements 
  3. Complete the online application to PTCC. Refer to the step-by-step application guide for assistance
  4. Register for classes


To learn more about Pine Academies, contact Jodie Klinkhammer or Kierstan Peck.

Jodie Klinkhammer
K-12 Partnership Coordinator


Kierstan Peck
Director of Student Affairs