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The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE- OCTE), supports Michigan’s Sixty by 30 goal and Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan to:  

  • Improve the health, safety, and wellness of all learners 
  • Expand secondary learning opportunities for all students  
  • Increase the percentage of all students who graduate from high school  
  • Increase the percentage of adults with a postsecondary credential  
  • Provide adequate and equitable school funding 

Dr. Brian L. Pyles is the State Director for the Office of Career and Technical Education. To contact the MDE-OCTE, reference the MDE - OCTE Staff DirectoryIf you have a question regarding a specific topic matter, refer to the OCTE Quick Reference Guide to connect with the appropriate staff member. 

Explore the OCTE website by clicking on the "Quick Links" at the top of every page.

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MDE-OCTE Organizational Structure

The Michigan Department of Education - Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) works closely with regional career and technical education (CTE) administrators to provide support and technical assistance to implement and improve current operating CTE programs, as well as to support the development of new CTE programs.

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CTE Delivery Systems

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) offers multiple delivery options for state-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students throughout the state of Michigan. Programs for secondary students are available through area career centers, intermediate school districts (ISDs), public school academies, and local school districts.

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Four Components of CTE

Students enrolled in state-approved secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs have an opportunity to acquire skills that prepare them for successful career entry, advancement, and/or continuing education. Each secondary state-approved program is required to integrate four key components. 

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CTE Legislation

OCTE advocates for policies and legislation that increase access to high-quality Career Technical Education. Learn about the legislation and funding that currently support CTE.
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At-A-Glance Resources

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Teacher Certification

Portrait of Various Young Professionals

Career Clusters

Various publications by MDE OCTE

CTE Facts Brochure and At-A-Glance Resources

CTE Facts Brochure and At-A-Glance