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February is Career and Technical Education Month

With more than 545,000 Michigan job openings through the year 2026, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joins the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and Michigan Department of Education to declare February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. During this month, state officials encourage students and their influencers to explore viable programs across the state that teach skills needed for high-demand, high-skill, high-wage career opportunities. 

“It’s important that Michigan students understand and explore all education and training pathways that lead to a prosperous future,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Career and technical education programs offer academic, technical and employability skills that prepare our high school students for rewarding postsecondary education and 21st century career opportunities.” 

 Schools across Michigan offer CTE programs that are aligned with high-demand, high-wage careers in fields such as finance, health sciences, business marketing and administration, information technology, skilled trades and advanced manufacturing. Most programs also offer early college credit opportunities to provide a seamless transition to postsecondary education. 

“Jobs requiring skilled employees today, as well as jobs on the horizon, demand greater education and training than ever before” Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio said. “By completing CTE programs, students get a head start on their pathway to a certificate in professional trades, apprenticeships or a two- or four-year college degree – ultimately preparing them for these high-skill, high-demand careers.” 

Students, parents, educators and life-long learners interested in exploring career options, training, wages and projected openings may visit the state’s Pathfinder website.  And for more CTE career vidoes go to https://www.going-pro.com/cte/. 

Students and parents in Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties may learn more about CTE opportunities by contacting the following:

· Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District at 231.796.3543

· Newaygo County RESA at 231.924.0381

· West Shore Educational Service District at  231.757.3716