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February is Career and Technical Education Month

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared February as Career and Technical Education month in Michigan. Career and Technical Education Month, or CTE Month, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

“Every child deserves and has a right to exceptional public education, and career and technical education is another viable path for our high school students to build strong academic foundations and specific technical skills to succeed in their chosen career path,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “As parents, educators and influencers, we need to encourage students to explore all career pathways and make sure they know these programs exist.”

Hear first-hand experiences from your fellow students at districts around the state on the benefits of career and technical education programs. These are great programs for all students and are a great way to propel your career opportunities by providing hands-on application of math, science and other subject areas. No matter what your plans are after high school, career and technical education programs better prepare you for what’s next.

With more than 811,000 open jobs in Michigan through the year 2024, the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan and Michigan Department of Education have called for increasing the state’s investment in its most valuable resource – talent. “Highlighting Career and Technical Education month is a time to focus on the state’s efforts to encourage students and educators to get involved and take advantage of these successful programs,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, acting director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. “Research is clear, career-tech classes are highly effective in better preparing students for their educational pathway and leading to a rewarding career.”

Schools across Michigan offer career and technical education programs in a variety of fields, including finance, health sciences, business marketing and administration, information technology and advanced manufacturing which can lead to filling the state’s high-demand jobs, such as registered nurses, accountants and auditors, commercial truck drivers and operations managers. Michigan’s Career and Technical Education community have access to an abundance of resources relevant to CTE programs in their schools through the Office of Career and Technical Education website. To learn more about CTE and how it can help you click here. 

If you are an employer interested in learning more about CTE or Skilled Trades training/funding opportunities contact your local Michigan Works Office and ask about Business Services.

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