Career and Technical Education

  • Students working on vehicles in automotive trades class Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides job skills to high school juniors and seniors, allowing them to join the work force after graduation. Although not everyone wants to or can afford to enroll in college, CTE may encourage students to pursue additional training, university or community college coursework, trade schools, or apprenticeships. Our goal is to provide each high school student in the EUP region with at least two CTE opportunities, as well as entrepreneurial training, while providing job skills to live and work in the EUP.

    There are over 96,000 jobs unfilled in Michigan and a severe lack of opportunity for young people in the EUP. Of Michigan's 56 Intermediate School Districts, 33 have CTE programs available for students. Our young adults are competing for jobs and university placement with students who have had CTE opportunities.  

    Preparing a Qualified Workforce

    CTE programs are required to have a local advisory board of employers to guide them. Many CTE programs offer industry, state or national certifications to students. Community colleges and universities have established articulation agreements which allow students to transfer in credits, upon program completion, at no cost to the student.

    Local Benefits

    • Training to develop marketable, skilled EUP workers
    • Improving our local and regional economy
    • Building relationships between employers and schools