Tech week focuses on careers

Published 12:47 pm Monday, February 21, 2005

By Staff
LANSING - Emphasizing the importance of career and technical education in preparing Michigan's future workforce, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has proclaimed the week of Feb. 13, as Career and Technical Education Week in Michigan.
The theme of the weeklong celebration is Career Tech: Training Tomorrow's Workforce.
The Governor proposed a new Merit scholarship in her State of the State address that would fund two years of study beyond high school.
Career and technical education is an essential component of the Career Preparation System in Michigan. More than 2,000 career and technical education (CTE) training programs are offered in 367 local school districts throughout the state, including high schools, area career centers, public trade academies and business/industry work sites. Michigan's 28 community colleges offer more than 300 occupational programs.
The Office of Career and Technical Preparation in the Michigan Department of Labor &Economic Growth (DLEG) is responsible for approval, administration and evaluation of secondary-level career and technical education programs throughout the state. DLEG also funds the Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education in cooperation with the Michigan State University College of Education.
DLEG is investing in Michigan's future by helping to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, ensuring that our children and adults have the skills these jobs demand, making Michigan a better place to do business, and training and placing those who need jobs now.