Area middle school and high school students will soon receive a 36-page magazine featuring Career and Technical Education (CTE) academic and apprenticeship programs available locally that can lead to rewarding careers. The magazine is published by the CTE Committee comprised of Northern Michigan University, Marquette-Alger RESA, UP Construction Council and UP MIWorks.
The magazine will include information about High school CTE programs; NMU programs in the professional trades, business, cybersecurity and healthcare; and 11 apprenticeship programs highlighted by the UP Construction Council.
"The purpose of the magazine is to provide students with the information they need to make the best possible career decisions," said Stu Bradley of the CTE Committee. "We believe that it is extremely important for students to have a realistic career direction that matches their abilities and interests with the jobs available locally.
"Over the last six years, thanks in large part to the magazine and similar efforts by the CTE Committee, the percentage of high school students in Marquette and Alger Counties that are enrolled in CTE programs has increased from 37% to more than 50%."
The magazine will be delivered to all middle schools and high schools in Marquette and Alger Counties. Teachers and counselors will be provided copies to use in classroom or advising situations. Every 8th grader will receive a copy prior to enrolling in high school, and all seniors will receive one before deciding on their postsecondary paths.
In all, the magazine will be distributed to more than 100 area locations and to local and state decision makers. The CTE Committee reached its fundraising goal of $13,000 to fund publishing, thanks to donations from 24 entities or individuals. The magazine will also be available in digital formats.