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Career Technical Education program aims to give high school students head start on high-demand careers

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Washtenaw County Intermediate School District
Washtenaw County Intermediate School District logo

With an aging workforce, Career Technical Education, or CTE programs, are found in school districts throughout Washtenaw County. The program allows high school students to get a head start on 21st century careers.

The goal of these programs is to give high school students exposure to a number of high-wage, high-skilled, and in-demand careers before they graduate. Not only can they potentially find a career, but they can also figure out what careers aren’t a good fit for them before they head off to college and pay for it.

The expectation is that every student will graduate high school with a certificate, credential or license.

Ryan Rowe is the new CTE director for WISD. He says a four-year degree might not be the right choice for all students.

“A lot of these jobs require more than a high school diploma, certificate or credential or license, but they may require less than a bachelor’s degree."

Rowe says just about every sector of the economy is looking for young talent. Among the most in-demand are health care, manufacturing, construction and education.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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