Career Technical Education

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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.



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



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.


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
Metaphoric Toilet & the Widening Skills Gap 

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): 
CTE Milleage Tri-fold
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