CTE REMAINS FOCUSED ON STUDENT EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT
Message from the Director of Career & Technical Education: Robyne Thompson
Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes offer students an opportunity to develop skills that will lead to employment upon graduation, or provide a foundation that will assist them in pursuing a post secondary education after graduating from high school. Listed below are several things that support our CTE students, teachers, and programs:
CTE COURSES MEET MICHIGAN GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Many of the CTE courses that Ann Arbor offers meet graduation requirements in Math, Science, English and Economics. A full list of courses and the requirement they meet are located here
CTE ADVISORY COMMITTEES: All Career and Technical Education Programs have advisory boards that are chaired by a person from that business or industry. The advisory boards meet throughout the year with the teachers and administrators to provide support and guidance for the CTE Programs.
CTE TEACHERS HAVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN THE CURRICULUM AREA THEY TEACH
All CTE teachers in the Ann Arbor Public Schools have relevant work experience in the fields they teach. All of our instructors have accumulated over 4,000 hours of work experience so they can hold occupational certifications with the State of Michigan!
EARN COLLEGE CREDIT: The articulation agreement with Washtenaw Community College allows high school students to take college-approved curriculum at their own high schools which translate into early college credits, and helps to prepare students for a technological and competitive job market.
High School students that are enrolled in state-approved Career and Technical Education Programs can get a jump-start on their college education for free. Much like dual enrollment, it means earning credits towards a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time.
All state-approved CTE programs have state standards that must be met. There are twelve segments for each program and they are the same for all programs throughout the state.
Under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act the State is now required to report on student attainment of career and technical skill proficiencies, including student achievement on technical assessments that are aligned with industry recognized standards. Ann Arbor now assesses CTE students on their skill attainment for the programs they are enrolled in. These are statewide assessments that all Michigan CTE students must participate in.
All ASPECTS OF INDUSTRY: CTE programs must deliver instruction that provide CTE students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of an industry this may include:
- Technical and occupation-specific skills
- Principles of technology
- Labor and community issues
- Health and safety issues
- Environmental issues
- Opportunities for advanced education/training
These activities may include work-based or worksite learning experiences.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: Students technical skills as well as their academic skills are strengthen by participating in national CTE student organizations. Students participate at the district, state, and national levels; and Ann Arbor students have been successful at all three levels.
BPA - Business Professionals of America
DECA - Distributive Education Club of America
SKILLS USA - This organization encompasses many careers
Please contact the CTE Office at 994-2315 for more information on any of the CTE programs available.
"All students can learn but not necessarily on the same day or in the same way."