What is CTE?

Career & Technical Education (CTE) trains high school students in a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. It provides entry-level skills and industry certifications that allow students to join the workforce immediately after graduation. It also enables students to earn college credit(s) to continue on a path towards a degree.


What is our goal?

We wish to continue to provide and expand opportunities to high school students in the Copper Country for relevant training and career exploration, provide technical and employment skills for students to be successful in their chosen career field, and provide our community with future trades people, health care workers and college graduates to meet the needs of local businesses in the Copper Country.

Why do We Need CTE?

CTE is necessary for many reasons. To start with, basic job training is a necessity. For every job that requires a graduate degree, two require a university degree and seven require an associate or technical degree. CTE provides a path to all these degrees in addition to providing a path straight to the job market. This is helpful, as there are over 96,000 unfilled jobs in Michigan (according to information at www.mitalent.org). As a result, CTE opportunities will help improve our local economy.

Why is the CCISD seeking a Career & Technical Education Millage?

With the current funding model, CTE programs have been running a deficit each year. Tough choices have to be made, and the future of CTE is in jeopardy. If approved, a millage would provide additional revenue specifically for CTE classes.

Over 80 businesses were surveyed about their employment needs:

  • 62% indicated future talent needs
  • 54% indicated the current CTE classes are vital to their organization
  • 46% indicated more CTE classes are needed

Over 20 meetings and presentations were held during the past year. A steering committee was formed, made up of 30 community members from various industries, including logging, banking, education, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, as well as city managers, township supervisors, and agencies such as Michigan Works. The steering committee believes it is in the best interest of this community to seek a millage.

What Would the Millage Provide?

The millage would maintain existing programs as well as introduce new programs.


Maintained programs in Baraga County:

  • Accounting
  • Construction
  • Health Careers
  • Machine Tool

Maintained programs in Houghton County:

  • Auto Tech
  • Health Careers
  • Certified Nurse Aide

Proposed Programs to be added:

  • Welding
  • Culinary Arts
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Networking
  • Early Childhood
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Expand Construction Trades

How much will it cost?

1 mill for ten years will produce $1,233,000 per year to maintain the current CTE programs and establish new CTE programs.
It will cost $1.00 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

If your home is worth… …then it will cost you
$50,000 $25 a year/$2.09 a month
$100,000 $50 a year/$4.17 a month*
$150,000 $75 a year/$6.25 a month
$200,000 $100 a year/$8.34 a month

*Most Copper Country residents will pay this amount or less

How does the CCISD compare to other ISDs?

  • 35 ISDs in Michigan have CTE programs available to students funded by a regional millage
  • Currently, Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD, Dickinson-Iron ISD, Eastern UP ISD, and Delta-Schoolcraft ISD all have a dedicated CTE millage and provide many CTE opportunities.
  • The Copper Country ISD ranks 43rd out of 56 ISDs for current total regional millage support.

Quotes from Our Students

“I learned real-life skills in a low-pressure high school setting by real professionals.”

“I feel more optimistic about my future and career path.”

“I have learned to work better with groups, and I feel I have bettered my leadership skills.”

“I learned valuable life skills that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.”

Success Stories


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Helping Animals
Dr. Rebecca Vollrath

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Forging a Future
Paul Roose

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CTE, It Works
Carl Olson

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On the Road: Copper Country Ford
Tom Hicks & David Narhi

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On the Road: Keweenaw Automotive
Roger Hill & Michael Scott

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Health Care
Leanna Miller

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