Career Technical Education
According to Advance CTE, Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90 percent – 15 percentage points higher than the national average.
Michigan’s CTE programs provide students the necessary academic, technical and work skills to help them succeed in college and careers. State-approved programs are grouped into 17 career clusters that provide content aligned with academic standards, as well as related relevant technical knowledge and skills. The blend of work-based learning experiences through partnerships with business and industry, and the development of soft skills through student leadership opportunities, provides a seamless transition into higher education and the world of work. Each year, more than 100,000 students in Michigan enroll in CTE programs, according to MI School Data.
The Allegan County Area Technical Education Center is part of Allegan Area Educational Service Agency and offers 19 technical training programs as well as vocational training opportunities for students with special needs. Their instructors are vocationally certified in the fields they teach and many serve as adjunct instructors for Lake Michigan College. This provides students with an opportunity to earn direct college credit while studying within their chosen program.
Career Tech Center (CTC) students are equipped to excel through real-world learning, an emphasis on career readiness, and the lifelong network they build with CTC staff and industry professionals. The center’s 16 career-prep programs enable students to accelerate their future careers by offering academic credit, such as English and math, professional certifications, and free college credit.
Dynamic, high energy and totally hands-on programs are what Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) is all about. From patient care and gourmet meals to IT, GIS, auto technology and graphic design – high school students are creating real-world results using real-world technology. KCTC is a program of Kent ISD and offers 27 career technical education programs for juniors and seniors to specialize in during the course of their high school experience.
Careerline Tech Center, a service of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District serves more than 1,400 students in 28 programs. Careerline offers a variety of options. If college is the goal, direct credit options and articulation agreements with area colleges allow students to earn college credits while taking a Tech Center class. State and national certifications can be earned in classes like Engineering, Mechatronics/Robotics, Healthcare, and Web & Game Development. While enrolled, students can participate in work-based learning opportunities and earn college credit.