190 to graduate from Michigan Career and Technical Institute during organization's 75th Anniversary; Adults with disabilities honored for hard work, achievement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 15, 2019

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

Feb. 15, 2019                                                                                        

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) will host a graduation ceremony for 190 students from across the state on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2 p.m.

The event is at the MCTI campus, 11611 W. Pine Lake Road in Plainwell. This year’s ceremony will feature distinguished guest speakers who have benefitted from MCTI’s training program as an employer partner and student graduate. 

Marc Schupan, owner of Schupan & Sons, will address students during the ceremony. Schupan & Sons has been a committed employer partner of MCTI and was nominated for a Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) Champion Award last year. Keegan Linton, a graduate of MCTI, an MRS Champion Award recipient, and a current Schupan & Sons employee, is attending the ceremony.

MCTI is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Operated by MRS within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MCTI provides vocational training in 13 career areas for adults with disabilities. It is the second largest rehabilitation training center in the country.

MCTI strives to promote the integration of Michiganders with disabilities into both the competitive workplace and society. Students can be enrolled in technical training programs in automotive technology, cabinet making/millwork, certified nurse assistant (CNA), culinary arts, custodial, electronics, graphic communications, grounds maintenance/landscaping, machine technology, office automation, pharmacy services, retail marketing and construction.

MCTI also offers health, psychological and social work services, sports and activities, housing, student government and much more. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/MCTI

The graduates listed by county are:

Allegan: Julietta Ruiz -CNA, Salvador Mariano Chavez -Culinary Arts,Hunter Mead -Graphic Communications

Barry: Ocean Skaggs -Cabinetmaking/Millwork, Hannah ZurHorst -Culinary Arts, Joshua Kidder -Electronics, Dylan Haywood -Office Automation

Bay: Jenna Vansumeren -Pharmacy Services

Berrien: Eliana Gottlieb, Ian Philyaw -CNA, Michael Ross Jr. -GroundsMaintenance and Landscaping

Calhoun: William Eraca, Nicholas Marenko, Joseph Markusic -Electronics,Hannah Young -Retail Marketing

Charlevoix : Jared Chojnacki -Culinary Arts

Cheboygan: Michael Cady -Electronics

Chippewa: Zackary Clark -Cabinetmaking/Millwork, William Shaltz -Culinary Arts

Clare: Michael Cross -Grounds Maintenance

Clinton: Justin Robinson -Grounds Maintenance

Eaton: Nathaniel Crane -Cabinetmaking/Millwork, Athena Crane -Culinary, Caleb Bunce -Graphic Communications, Ryan McCullen -Weatherization/Construction

Emmet: Jordon Herig -Custodial

Genesee: Jakob Dones, Logan Perro -Culinary Arts, Zachary Zeh -Graphic Communications

Gladwin: Aspen McKeever -CNA

Grand Traverse: Zachary Colby -Culinary Arts

Gratiot: Kevin Wiklanski -Custodial

Hillsdale: Kevin Ferry -Graphic Communications

Houghton: Gina Myers -CNA

Huron: Alexander Clark -Office Automation

Ingham: Yuliya Savchuk -CNA, Ariana Davis -Culinary Arts, Nathaniel Miller -Machine Technology, Jimmie Martin, Brandon Rautenberg -Retail Marketing, Joshua Cottenham -Weatherization/Construction

Ionia: Christopher Hall -Electronics, Brenton Hirschman -Machine Technology, Kaylee Hunter -Weatherization/Construction

Isabella: Amanda Brookens -Culinary Arts, Sean Fountain -Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping

Jackson: Zoehannah Brown -Graphic Communications, Geoffrey Weir –Pharmacy Services

Kalamazoo: Katie Opolski -CNA, Nathan Hawley -Custodial, Matthew Williams –Pharmacy Services

Kent: Steven Mattes: on -Automotive Technology, Mitchell Barney –Cabinetmaking/Millwork, Kaylee Dewey, De'ja Weekley -CNA, Malek Roddy, Serion Terrell -Culinary Arts, Cody Richter -Custodial, Elijah Marshall, Kyle Osborn -Electronics, Ashtyn Williams -Graphic Communications, Robert Stebe -Retail Marketing

Lapeer: Steven Stry:znski -Cabinetmaking/Millwork

Lenawee: Nathan McDaniel -Weatherization/Construction

Livingston: Drew Lobbestael, Steven Naumoff -Cabinetmaking/Millwork, Chantell Anderson, Austin Youmans -CNA, Zachary Wasik -Custodial

Macomb: Thomas Gonzalez -Automotive Technology, Laura Bernal, Joshua Cole, Ricardo Oliva, Jennifer Robles, Jenna Wisniewski -CNA, Jeremy Heller -Custodial, Hunter Glomski, Nikolas Muchitsch -Electronics, Ashley Pitingaro -Pharmacy Services

Mason: Gregorio Cloutier -Culinary Arts

Missaukee: Katelynn Dazell -CNA

Monroe: William Edwards -Culinary Arts, Zachary Errer -Electronics, Austin Amolsch -Grounds Maintenance and Landscaping,  Mary Johnson -Retail Marketing

Montcalm: Tyler Vaughn -CNA

Montmorency: Justice Cohoon -CNA, Gage Ogles -Pharmacy Services, Luke Shelly -Retail Marketing

Muskegon: Jordan Frye -Retail Marketing

Newaygo: Robert Rowe -Pharmacy Services

Oakland: Aaron Benjamin, Warren Jenkins, Elaine Wagner -CNA, David Mature, Kevin Statfield, Marcus Stuckey -Custodial, Austin Baldwin -Grounds Maintenance and Landscaping, Shyanne Ashba -Machine Technology, Brandon White -Retail Marketing

Ogemaw: Harley Rappuhn -Retail Marketing

Osceola: Gloria-Gene Dalton -Pharmacy Services

Ottawa: Gabriella Hansen -CNA, Dante Blackburn, Jacob Eisen -Graphic Communications

Saginaw: Chance Hill -Cabinetmaking/Millwork

St. Clair: Adrian Dickens -Machine Technology

Sanilac: Austin Irland -Retail Marketing

Shiawassee: Hannah Lott -CNA, Elissa Chavora -Retail Marketing, Mark Hildebrandt, Orion Lindsay -Weatherization/Construction

Tuscola: Christopher Huff -Culinary Arts

Washtenaw: Maria Oginsky, Faith Wilkie -CNA, Andrew Ebbert -Graphic Communications, Logan Holcomb -Grounds Maintenance and Landscaping, Carlos Miller -Weatherization/Construction

Wayne: Charles Witt Jr -Cabinetmaking/Millwork, Miracle Kelly, Brooke Seals -CNA, Irin Pugh -Culinary Arts, Brian Sheehan -Custodial, Pharen Wells -Graphic Communications, DeAnté Collins, Ryan Pyszko -Retail Marketing

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