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Career & Technical Education Overview

What is Career and Technical Education?

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What comes to mind when you think of Career and Technical Education?  Most people think of the traditional assembly lines, but today's business and industry occupations are fast-paced and high tech.  Companies, including those in this region are part of a rapidly expanding global economy and they need employees with high-level technical and academic skills to remain competitive.  The high demand for people with these skills creates a great opportunity for you!  Whether your goal is work or college following high school, Career and Technical Education can prepare you with the academic background, technical ability, and work experience to open the doors to a variety of career opportunities worldwide.

It is assumed that, through your career exploration experiences in the 8th grade, you have chosen a career pathway to explore and are now selecting courses in which you have an interest.  This site provides descriptions of courses offered through the Copper Country Intermediate School District's Career and Technical Education program.  It should be noted that the courses described on the following pages are tentative offerings.  The ability to offer any of the courses is directly related to the resources of the Copper Country Intermediate School District, sufficient enrollments, and availability of teachers.

Facts about CTE:

  • Any student 15 and 1/2  years or older who attends high school in Baraga, Houghton, or Keweenaw County may attend Career & Technical Education classes offered by the Copper Country Intermediate School District.
  • The student's home school issues credits for successful completion of Career & Technical Education programs.
  • Classes are approximately two hours long and are scheduled at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
  • Programs may provide instruction for one, two, or three years, depending upon the knowledge and skill of individual students and their career goals.
  • Attendance - Students enrolled in classes at the CCISD Career Tech Center are subject to the attendance policies of their own high schools while attending the Tech Center.  The limit on the maximum number of absences permitted in order to receive credit is determined by each high school's policy.  For further information, see the Career & Technical Education handbook.
  • Adults may enroll in daytime programs when space is available.  Call the Copper Country Intermediate School District office for tuition costs.
How to Enroll:

Students interested in enrolling in any of the Career & Technical Education program offerings should contact their high school counselor to request the required enrollment forms.  Each high school within the Copper Country Intermediate School District is allocated a specific number of slots for student enrollment, based upon the school's total high school enrollment.

Criteria for student enrollment in the Career & Technical Education programs are determined by each individual district.  Considerations for eligibility may include the student's attendance record, grades, citizenship, and a career pathway specific to the requested program.  Students interested in the program should contact their high school counselor early in their high school career to obtain information regarding the requirements of their district.


To better serve the school districts within the Copper Country ISD, the Career & Technical Education programs are taught at various sites throughout the three-county area.  The main Center is located at 110 E. Quincy Street in Hancock.  This facility serves students in Automotive Technology and Information Technology.

For ease of training and ready availability to everyday hospital situations, the Nursing Assistant and Health Careers programs are conducted in newly remodeled classrooms at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility located at 1100 Quincy Street in Hancock.

Post-Secondary/College Options:

Michigan Technological University, Ferris State University, and Gogebic Community College offer the opportunity to gain advanced placement credit to those students who are enrolled in, or have taken, Career & Technical Education courses.  This is made possible through articulation agreements the CCISD has arranged with the above-named educational institutions.  Articulation is the process where Career & Technical Education students who have demonstrated specific skills through an assessment process are granted college credit for those skills when they enroll at a participating college or university.

The articulation agreements are generally specific to the Career & Technical Education courses taken by the student.  If you enroll at one of the educational institutions named above, be sure to check with the admissions office to determine if your Career & Technical Education course is eligible for advanced placement credit.  There is no charge for the college credit when the student has successfully demonstrated that the specific skills have been learned.

Who is Eligible:

  • A student who is enrolled in, or has taken, an approved Career & Technical Education course.
  • A student who has earned a "B" average in a Career & Technical Education course.
  • A student who is recommended by the Career & Technical Education instructor and administrator, and who has successfully demonstrated the proper level of skill.

For more information about advanced placement opportunities and articulation agreements, contact your high school counselor.

Business Partners:

Each Career & Technical Education program has an advisory committee.  These committees consist of groups of citizens selected to collectively provide advice to the public schools regarding Career & Technical Education.  Most members are not in the education field; they represent labor, management and the general public.  They are selected because of their specialized expertise and knowledge, and serve only as advisors - without authority, pay or compensation.   

State-Approved Programming:

All Career & Technical Education programs of the Copper Country Intermediate School District are approved by the Michigan State Department of Education and comply with state and federal curriculum guidelines.  To assure that all programs are in compliance and that proper accounting standards are followed, they are audited by the state and federal government. 

Perkins Core Performance Indicators (CPI):

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the Copper Country Intermediate School District that no person, on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, weight, or height, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs, and activities or admissions.  Questions or concerns regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Superintendent, Copper Country Intermediate School District, 809 Hecla Street, Hancock, MI 49930 or 906-482-4250.