A Unique Blend of Technical Skill and Educational Leadership

Ernest F. Houle, commonly known as Ernie, brings a unique blend of technical expertise and educational leadership to the table. His career in the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE) dates back to 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational/Vocational Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management, both from Fitchburg State University. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Transformational Leadership through the University of New England. Before joining Assabet Regional Vocational School District as the Superintendent-Director in December 2014, Ernie worked in various capacities at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District in Lexington, Massachusetts, including as a Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology teacher, Director of Community Education, and Principal.

From the Workshop to the Superintendent’s Office: A Journey of Skill and Leadership

Ernie’s journey began as a high school vocational student, where he followed in his brothers’ footsteps to specialize in Metal Fabrication and Welding. This experience gave him not only technical skills but also a unique perspective that he brings to his role in educational leadership. His hands-on experience in heavy metal fabrication includes manufacturing components for a range of sectors, including nuclear submarine engine casings, hydro-electric flow control gates, and components for satellites and medical x-ray equipment.

Ernie and his family currently reside in Massachusetts, where he continues to advocate for the advancement of career and technical education. His comprehensive background and dedication make him an invaluable asset to the NCLA-CTE community.