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Career, technical education students showcase skills during annual event at Capitol

Legislators, public get an opportunity to see students show off their career, technical education talents and demonstrate why CTE is a valuable educational pathway

TED CONTACT: Camara Lewis, 517-930-4928
SHOWCASE CONTACT: Joyce McCoy, 989-358-5026

Monday, April 15, 2019

Career and technical education students speak to legislators inside Capitol

LANSING, Mich.—State and school officials encourage legislators, students and their parents to attend the Career and Technical Education Showcase at the Capitol on Thursday, April 25, where students from across the state will demonstrate skills – emphasizing the value of CTE programs in growing Michigan’s skilled workforce and providing talent to help fill the 47,000 annual Professional Trades job openings across the state. 

Students are trained using hands-on techniques that can be applied to real-world, high-tech careers in fields such as cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, engineering and healthcare. CTE courses provide students with technical skills to prepare them for the state’s 545,000 Professional Trades jobs coming open through 2026 that employers are in desperate need to fill.

“Career and technical education equips students with options for their post-secondary career path – be it a two or four-year degree, apprenticeship or credential attainment,” said Talent and Economic Development (Ted) Department of Michigan Acting Director Stephanie Beckhorn. “The CTE Showcase is a great opportunity for students and educators to emphasize the important role CTE programs play in preparing students to be college and career ready. This is a viable pathway for all students, developing the state’s talent for the future.”

CTE enrollment is up, Michigan has added nearly 6,000 students since 2015, bringing the total number of high schoolers enrolled in these innovative programs to over 110,000 in 2018. An estimated 95 percent of students who complete a CTE program continue to seek postsecondary education, advanced career and technical education training, sign up for military service, or find employment within a year of high school graduation.

“In Michigan’s drive to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years, our students benefit from the high-level math, science, and art content they receive in our CTE programs,” said Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles. “Applying rigorous academic concepts with hands-on learning helps Michigan students prepare for the high-tech careers of the 21st Century.”

Career Education Planning District administrators – the driving force behind this event – hand-select 14 CTE programs from across the state to represent the various coursework offered to students.

All are welcome to attend the CTE Showcase that will take place at the north and west corridors in the Capitol building on Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This amazing event will give everyone an opportunity to see Career and Technical Education in action,” Alpena Public Schools CTE Director Joyce McCoy said. “We’re excited to have students from all over Michigan who are looking forward to telling lawmakers and the public how CTE has made a difference in their career path.”

Additional information about Professional Trades careers can be found at