From the Desk of Timothy Rigling, Assistant Superintendent 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, Assistant Superintendent of CTE
From the Desk of Jason Traviss, CTC Principal:
We live in a consistently evolving educational climate where change seems to be the only constant. The one aspect that remains stable and at the center of our focus is the student. At the Wexford Missaukee Career Tech Center, our students are what drive everything we do as a staff.
Our programs offer students several opportunities. These include hands-on learning in a workplace lab setting as well as field trips out into the community and professional world. We focus on both individual and cooperative skill-building. Many students explore job shadowing and co-op opportunities that further equip them with the tools and experience they need to be successful in either the workforce or college or both. Together, we aspire to help all students become “career and college ready.”
Our talented teachers and support staff work tirelessly to engage every learner in, not only specific content or trade education, but in all areas that make each individual a meaningful contributor to our society. Skills such as collaboration, determination and goal development/ accomplishment are practiced and reinforced daily in the classroom. This focused balance is what makes CTC the place to be!
I have the good fortune of working with these inspiring educators and students every day and invite you to visit us here at the WMISD CTC.
Jason Traviss, CTC Principal