Newaygo County Career-Tech Center: The Value of Career and College Readiness
It is no secret that there is a skills gap in our workforce. Employers are concerned about the ability of graduates to think critically, communicate well, and perform basic tasks. High school graduates with no further education will be unprepared for the expectations that they face in today’s highly technical entry-level jobs. At the same time, employers find themselves unable to fill open positions. That is where the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center (NCCTC) training programs fill the gap and train our high school graduates for high-skill, high-wage careers.
The simple fact is that education matters, and a high school diploma is rarely enough to ensure access to 21st century jobs. Our high school graduates need to be prepared for the additional training and education it will take to succeed. NCCTC provides academic and career technical skills to prepare students for life after high school with the readiness for employment, higher education, or a combination of both. NCCTC’s ultimate goal is to empower students to become productive employees, citizens, and leaders within our community.
To meet these needs, NCCTC has a clear employability expectation framework to teach and reinforce the skills that employers want in a new employee. To help our learners, we have supports in place to assist students in the many challenges they may face. Through these supports, our hope is students will learn how to meet deadlines, have reliable attendance, and earn industry-recognized credentials. NCCTC students are held to the high standards our workforce needs to be a viable part of our county. The NCCTC training center goes beyond a “voc” school, as they prepare students for skills that keep them viable in their chosen career field.