Career Technical Education Millage Information

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The vote on the Regional CTE Millage will be on the Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Ballot.
Absentee ballots will be available by March 18, 2017
The last day to register to vote in the May 2 elections is April 3, 2017
What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?

Career and Technical Education provides job skills to high school juniors and seniors, allowing them to join work force after graduation.  This may encourage students to pursue additional training and/or university/community college coursework, trade schools, or apprenticeships.  CTE Prepares the Qualified Workforce for the future.

When is the election?
· May 2, 2017
· Every precinct in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties, plus Seney Township in Schoolcraft County
· Absentee ballots available in late March -,4670,7-127-1633_8716_8728-21037--,00.html

 How much is the millage and what will it cost?

· 1 mil for ten years
· This will produce $2,300,000 per year to establish and operate CTE programs for all EUP juniors and seniors
· $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value
· This is a regional millage for regional CTE programs for all of the EUP

 What can the CTE millage funds be used for?

· The funds can ONLY be spent to establish and operate classes and activities that are designed to prepare students for useful employment in recognized occupations.  All funded programs will be open to all EUP stdents.

What makes CTE different?

· CTE Programs are required to have a local advisory board of employers to guide them
· CTE Programs articulate free credits upon program completion with community colleges and universities
· Many CTE programs offer Industry, State or National certifications to students

 How does the EUPISD compare?

A little over 45 years ago the EUP looked at regionally bringing in CTE programs through a regional millage, this did not happen and in the late 1960s when the Sault Schools passed a bond to build the current high school, it included CTE classrooms.  That is how we came to have CTE programs in Sault Ste Marie with no regional support.  
So what is regional support for our schools?  That is where the ISD comes in and we have 3 options for regional millage to support education and school in the EUP.  Operational Millage - to run the ISD, we have .2 mills.  Special Education Milleage, we have 1 mill and CTE Milleage, we have 0 mills in the EUP.  In total we have 1.2 mills for regional efforts.  Here is how that compares to the rest of the UP and Michigan as a whole:

 · EUPISD ranks 53rd out of 56 ISDs for regional support for programs
 · All EUPISD taxes produce $404 per student
 · Statewide average is $886 per student
 · CTE millage ranges from 0 to 4.2 mils
 · Passage would provide $336 per pupil for CTE programs
 · Total would be $740 per pupil, still $146 below state average
 · In the U. P. we are the lowest of all seven ISDs in mills and $/student

 Total Regional Educational Mills for UP ISDs:  

      GOISD        3.62  
      DSISD         2.38
      CCISD         2.34
      MCISD         2.24
      MARESA       2.20
      DIISD          2.13
      EUPISD       1.20  

Passage would move the EUPISD up to 6th out of 7 in the Upper Peninsula in terms of Mills levied for regional education.
What is the History of CTE in our region?
CTE History in the EUP started with discussions back in the 1960s and became a reality in 1970 as the Sault Area Skill Center.  Click here for more details on the history of CTE in the EUP.

cte   Why do we need it?

· Not everyone wants to or can afford to go to college
· Over 96,000 jobs unfilled in Michigan ( and severe lack of opportunities for young people in the EUP
· Competing for jobs and university placement with students who have had CTE opportunities
· 32 ISDs have CTE programs available for students funded by regional millage
· Provide training to provide skilled EUP workers
· Improve our local & regional economy
· Build relationships between employers and schools

UP Employment & Unemployment Numbers by County.
Click here for a one-page summary of the November 2016 labor force, employment, and unemployment data for counties in the Upper Peninsula.  It is widely accepted that improving skills in a workforce can improve employment numbers.
Going PRO with Skilled Trades- A public awareness campaign in Michigan designed to elevate the perception of skilled trades and to showcase opportunities in a variety of rewarding career paths.
View a  message on Job Skills by Mike Rowe - Star of Dirty Jobs
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Guest post by Mike Rowe, host of TV’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It and the founder of mikeroweWORKS, a campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. 

Mike Rowe talkes about the skills gap and unemployment and how we need vocational training. (7 min)


The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is astonishing. Currently, 5.6 million jobs are vacant. At a time when millions of capable people are unemployed, millions of good jobs exist for anyone willing to learn a skill that’s actually in demand. But no one is lining up to take these jobs. Why? Because We the People have convinced an entire generation that a whole category of critical vocations are simply not worth pursuing.  Read the complete article HERE.

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Watch the Success in the New Economy Video (10 min): 
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The creator of TV's Dirty Jobs and Somebody's Gotta Do It, trade advocate Mike Rowe talks to young adults about skilled trades.

Click here to view the Michigan Department of Education 2017 Press release