From the Desk of Timothy Rigling, Director of CTE:
Career and Technical Education (CTE) as we know it today has its roots in the founding of the United States. From the start, a strong knowledge base and skill set for citizens were considered important. That commitment to providing technical skills through hands-on learning still exists today. In this global economy more than ever, our students need the technical skills for our nation to be competitive.
Currently, there is a sizable professional trades shortage in Michigan and it’s expected to continue. With many “baby boomers” retiring, there is a demand for people who possess the skills that are needed to fill many high wage, high skilled jobs.
CTE can fill that talent pipeline. At the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, we have 14 programs where students can get the skills they need to start a career in high wage/high demand fields such as Manufacturing, Health Science, Welding, Construction, Computers and Electronics, and Heavy Equipment Mechanics to name a few.
CTE can also be a stepping stone for students to pursue further education. Whether through the military, community college, trade school, university, or through one of our Early College Programs, CTC can provide the launching pad towards a post-secondary degree or certification.
Our mission is simple, “Preparing Students for Career Success.” It is our goal to give students the tools they need to be successful in their chosen career. These tools not only include the technical skills they learn in their program but also the “soft skills” needed to reach that success. Dependability, attitude, and initiative, as well as the ability to work as a team, are just a few of those skills that we strive to teach students.
I invite you to stop by the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center anytime to see firsthand why “CTC is the Place to Be!”
Timothy Rigling, Director of CTE