At a recent open house in Clare, MI, CTE unveiled one of its two state-of-the-art auto laboratories, and attendees came away impressed.
Clare-Gladwin CTE provides what was previously recognized in local high schools as vocational education or skilled trades training.
CTE offers that training to juniors and seniors at high schools in Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison, MI, in many diverse career fields, including Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Construction Trades, Health Occupations, Digital Media, Welding Technology, Education Occupations, Criminal Justice and Business Management.
Students learn valuable professional and personal skills that help prepare them for life after high school, whether it’s in college, the workforce or both.
Equipping the new labs was made possible by a $1.25 million grant through the state’s Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation. A consortium of more than 30 local organizations, led by the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which oversees CTE, applied for the grant.
"This event and the corresponding open house we'll hold in the revamped Gladwin auto lab on Nov. 7 are celebrations of community collaboration," said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. "It took an amazing effort by many people to get these labs built, and these beautiful facilities reflect a commitment to CTE by stakeholders across two counties. CTE students are the short-term winners, because they get to experience hands-on learning in cutting-edge work environments. But in the longer term, more and more, those skills they gain are being put right back into our community's workplaces."
For more information, visit the CTE website at www.CTEitsworking.com.