High school students who are enrolled at NC RESA’s Career-Tech Center met with Rep. VanSingel last week and demonstrated their high-tech skills learned in their career-tech programs. Gretchen Spedowske, NC RESA Director of Career and Employability Services, shared with Rep. VanSingel how Career-Tech Center (CTC) students have opportunities to participate in work-based learning, internships, pre- and current apprenticeship programs with local employers. Furthermore, students attending any of the 16 programs at Newaygo County Career-Tech Center receive business and industry-related skills, as well as, credentials that give Newaygo County students an advantage to employment. “At the Career-Tech Center, we offer college credit and pre-apprenticeship opportunities for students, upon successful completion in their CTC program,” explained Gretchen Spedowske. “It’s exciting to watch students grow and follow their career pathway.”
Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark, NC RESA Superintendent, stated, “A career and technology-based education gives approximately 650 of our high school students technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, our Career-Tech Center programs prepare them for the future. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study, and give them a jump-start by the college credits they earn in these programs.”
High school students from Newaygo County can attend the Career-Tech Center for one, two or three years to gain skills in multiple trades; or choose to attend a single program for multiple years to deepen expertise.