About Us

About the Center

The Center for Technical Education (formerly the Center for Occupational Education) was established in 1983 to meet the needs of prospective vocational educators in metropolitan Boston by offering courses leading to vocational education and vocational special needs approval, as well as courses in technology education. The Center has served over 10,000 vocational-technical educators and other school personnel and now also offers additional programs and services dedicated to enhancing proficiency and professionalism within the field.

The Center is administered by the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston but operates under the academic aegis of the University’s Graduate College of Education, which provides expertise in research, curriculum design, and the development of pedagaogical competencies.

About the Staff

Interim Coordinator Richard McLaughlin is an educator with over thirty years experience in Technical Education, Student Services and Cooperative Education. He recently served as Principal at North Shore Technical High School in Middleton, MA. He has been an adjunct instructor for the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1987.

Instructional staff is selected from among expert practitioners in the field of technical education. All instructors hold advanced degrees and have worked in the field of vocational-technical education for at least 10 years.