Berrien County Career and Technical Education
Berrien County Career & Technical Education (CTE) is a vibrant learning community with rich and diverse programming for our secondary students. Our purpose is to create a more relevant, engaging high school experience by combining the rigorous core academics that students need for college with the career and technical education that makes them employable, and to do it in an applied, hands-on way that includes real life experience. Not only does career relevant education keep students engaged in school but studies have shown that students in such programs have higher graduation rates than students who did not take CTE courses. The rigorous education each student receives through the Berrien County Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs provide the student with the technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.
Our career educational options are some of the most valuable resources and can help high school students gain a competitive advantage while preparing for college or a career. Berrien County Career and Technical Education is delivered through a system of shared time programs available at most of our local high schools. While Berrien County does not have a physical career center, we are still able to provide access to career and technical education classes through the Public Act 56 Consortium (PA56). If a local school district does not offer a specific CTE course, our students are able to travel to a district that does offer the desired course. Every day, hundreds of high school students cross district lines to take advantage of career and technical education programs offered in other districts.
Career and Technical Education is an essential component of the total educational system in Berrien County and is critical to our ability to develop students who are able to compete in a global economy. These are shared time programs and are available to all students in Berrien County, regardless of their home district.
Our goal is to continue the tradition of excellence by enhancing our career and technical education programs with an innovative approach that serves our county's secondary students. Our objective is to help students experience a seamless entry in to institutions of higher learning leading to academic and workplace success.
To obtain additional information on Berrien County Career & Technical Education, contact:
Chris Machiniak, Regional Director
Phone: 269-471-7725 ext. 1328