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Career and Technical Education
Is your high school student interested in a specific career? Does he or she already know what they would like to do after graduation? Would your student like to possibly earn college credit while gaining vocational skills? Perhaps the dream job doesn’t require a college education, but needs specific vocational training. Wouldn’t it be great if they could get in depth experience now to be sure that it is the type of work they imagined? CTE may be just the right choice!
Each year, the Berrien County PA56 Career and Technical Education Consortium offers Career and Technical Education programs at various locations. These programs are designed to prepare our youth for a broad range of employment and training services and are offered under the guidance of qualified teachers, counselors, and cooperative education coordinators.
These are shared time programs and are available to all students in Berrien County, regardless of their home district. CTE programs are usually 5 days/wk for 2-4 hours/day at a high school within Berrien County. The costs of the programs are usually covered completely by membership in the Partnership, but those that result in specific certification upon completion (Cosmetology, Aviation, etc.) do involve costs above and beyond what the school is able to cover and the remainder is the responsibility of the parent. There are several programs available at Andrews University as well that are covered only in part by BSPS.
In order to determine whether a CTE (Career and Technical Education)
class is what your student should take, go to the following website:
Click on Programs to see a complete list of classes. Your student may choose between:
Agriscience & Natural Resources Human Services
Arts & Communication Health Sciences (the PHCA program offers 13 college credits!)
Aviation (through Andrews, not CTE) Engineering, Manufacturing & Inds Tech, including Automotive
Business, Management & Marketing Technology
When you click on any of these six fields (on the website listed above), you will go to a page where you can see all the different classes available within that field. Click on the button titled "choose a class".
Once you have determined which class your student would like to take, please contact the counselor at the school offering the program to determine openings and time the class is offered. Contact Sharon if you are unable to contact the counselor you need.
CTE registration is also done through that same counselors’ office. The hosting schools, their counselors and their local CTE Directors are the ones who can determine openings in a class and accept registration.
Once you have made a final decision on taking the class:
1) Register the student through the hosting school's office for the class.
2) You must also register the student for that class through the Partnership via our online registration link under "registration" above.
Complete the student's entire registration form online and paperwork with us and your student will be set for the fall. You will need to re-register with the Partnership in the spring to ensure that the Partnership is paying for the CTE program.
Please Note: Students enrolled in CTE do NOT need to take any other Partnership classes. One other class may be taken through the Partnership, but it is not required.