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Director's Message

UPDATE 09.11.20


This is where CBTECH stands as we begin the new school year:

Teachers are contacting students and getting them prepared to start school as soon as possible. The original date was Monday, September 14, but it may take another day to get all the students contacted and ready to begin online learning for the first 2 weeks.

Our Auto Technology instructor took another teaching job out of state.  We will begin with a returning teacher starting on Tuesday September 15.  If you are in the program, we will get the class operating by the later part of the week, most likely on or before Friday, September 18. We have had to cancel the Entrepreneurship class. We are offering a second session of Digital Arts and Filmmaking for session two.

It is still our intention to bring students back to CBTECH in classrooms and labs beginning the week of September 28 in small groups.  When we know the numbers of students for each program, and district they are coming from, we will create those cohorts.  We are very excited to have them on campus for in person learning. Students will be expected to follow all safety guidelines including: completing the student/parent health attestation online prior to entering the building,not coming to school if they are sick, wearing a mask covering their nose and mouth completely, keeping 6 feet away from other students, staying in their cohort and washing hands and using hand sanitizer. Following these health safety guidelines will help us keep in-person classes at CBTECH.

We are creating waiting lists for programs that are full. Right now, Advanced Manufacturing is full. Moses Lake High School is not making changes to a students schedule, other than those coming to CBTECH and enrolling in all online APEX courses.  A MLHS student must take APEX to be enrolled in CBTECH. Call the CBTECH office at 793-7000 for the most up-to-date information about which classes are still available.

The teaching staff at CBTECH have been working very diligently to enhance remote learning so that it is meaningful for their students.  CBTECH teachers will be making daily contact with students and  assigning meaningful assignments.

We are very close to being ready.  Thank you for your patience.

Christine Armstrong

CBTECH Director

CBTECH students are part of the Moses Lake School District and will start school remotely on September 14. Between September 9-11, students will be personally contacted by their teachers to ensure that they are set up for remote learning.


Every student will be contacted prior to September 9 for the purpose of obtaining email addresses and cell-phone numbers. If you are not contacted please call the CBTECH office at 793-7000. Our teachers are currently learning new ways in which to engage students in online learning.


By Monday, September 28, our plan is to begin bringing students on campus by cohorts. We hope to get all of you on campus as soon as we can full time. We know that our “hands-on” programs need to be taught in the labs we have at CBTECH. 


Keep looking for more information on the website. As we know more we will be letting you know.


We will also be using the Remind App to keep in touch!


Hold on for the ride, we are all very excited to get the year going, to meet our new and returning students and keep all safe in the process.


Christine Armstrong

CBTECH Director