CTE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCED

The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for December.

CTE administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Ben Miller and James Witte, both of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); Kole Thurlow of Gladwin (Agricultural Science); Tyler Warner of Farwell and Walter Doak of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Austin Mangus of Farwell and Caleb Good of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Lauren Cotton of Clare and Chloee McMann of Farwell (Criminal Justice); Kade Tripp of Beaverton and Kaylea Anderson of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Cody Smith of Beaverton and Alexis Card of Farwell (Digital Media); Elizabeth Smith of Beaverton and Mariah Walters of Gladwin (Education Occupations); Amanda Zuriel of Beaverton and Killeen Kladder of Gladwin (Health Occupations); and Richard Johnson of Farwell and Tucker Roehrs of Gladwin (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Clare and Farwell and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

'Hands-On' at a Whole New Level

Last month, students in CTE’s Criminal Justice and Health Occupations programs were participants in a special demonstration. Sandi Erickson and Jessica Heska from Compassus Hospice provided hands-on training through several simulations.

“The purpose of this activity was to provide students with the opportunity to experience in a small way what it is like to have to deal with a disability,” said Criminal Justice Instuctor Jeff Erickson. “We hope that by experiencing first-hand the struggles that some face on a daily basis, students will have a better understanding of others and become more empathetic when dealing with people. This is especially important in human service fields like public safety and health services.”

Erickson asked several of his students to share their perspectives of the day’s events, and they responded with a series of thoughtful essays. Read those below.

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

CGRESD-LED COALITION SECURES $1.25 MILLION CTE GRANT

The Wilhelm Joseph Magnus Building for Skilled Trades Learning will house the new Automotive lab in Clare.

MARSHALL PLAN PARTNERS

Convener
Middle Michigan Development Corp.

Schools
Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service District
Beaverton Rural Schools
Clare Public Schools
Farwell Area Schools
Harrison Community Schools
Gladwin Community Schools

Business and Industry
McGuire Chevrolet
Dean Transportation
Sugar Springs Marina
Macon Marine Center
Double D’s Automotive
Foster Automotive Inc.
Graff Motor Sales
Secord Lake Marina
Bob’s Tire Store
Triple M Collision of Gladwin
Gladwin County Road Commission
Michigan Automotive Dealers Association
Central Michigan Manufacturer’s Association
Snap-On Tools

Postsecondary
Mid Michigan College
Central Michigan University
Ferris State University

Workforce Development
Michigan Works! Region 7B
Gladwin County Economic Development Corporation

Government, Non-Profit and Other Partners
Representative Jason Wentworth
Senator Judy Emmons
Senator-Elect Rick Outman
Senator Jim Stamas
Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce
Eastern Michigan Council of Governments
United Way of Clare & Gladwin Counties
East Central MISTEM
Clare County Community Foundation

Nearly 6,000 students in the region, including those in the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program, will be among the first beneficiaries of the state’s Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants. The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which administers the CTE program serving high school students in Gladwin, Farwell, Harrison, Beaverton and Clare, led a local consortium that applied for the $1.254 million grant. On Monday, the state announced it as one of nine awarded consortia in the state.

Jim McBryde, President and CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation, convened the group known technically as the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium. MMPTTC will use the grant to accomplish several objectives in CTE Automotive & Diesel Technology labs in Clare and Gladwin, assisting with the purchase of modern equipment and technology, as well as hiring Career Navigators to assist students and establishing an educator externship program. Through a partnership with Mid Michigan College, students in the Automotive program will have the opportunity to earn more industry-recognized certifications while still in high school.

“The work put into earning this grant was unlike anything any of us had seen,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “For four months, we’ve collaborated with nearly 30 local organizations – schools, businesses, colleges and universities, our state legislators, non-profits and many other entities. And it was worth every ounce of effort to be able to better prepare our local kids for careers they will love.”

The MMPTTC was one of just nine consortia awarded grants in the final phase after nearly 90 applied back in August. That number was pared down to 22 for the third and final round of applications in November before the final awardees were announced Monday at a ceremony in Lansing.

“This is a great win for our community, and especially for our kids,” McBryde said. “Every step we take is in the pursuit of developing our local talent to contribute to our local workforce, and this grant represents a significant leap in that direction.”

CTE Director Sandy Russell said the grant will benefit all local CTE students in some form or fashion.

“While it’s true that the grant money will help us equip our new Automotive and Diesel lab at the Magnus Center in Clare County, as well as provide for some much-needed upgrades in the lab at Gladwin High School, this is going to help us better serve every CTE student,” Russell said. “With the ability to hire Career Navigators to work with students at each school, we’ll be able to close the gap between kids, their potential careers and the local employers who need their talents.”

State Rep. Jason Wentworth praised the RESD for pulling together the right team to earn the grant. “This is where the Clare-Gladwin RESD excels in a way that nobody else can – convening the right players for the job, carrying out the execution and leading the charge on impactful projects,” he said. “This was a massive undertaking, and the payoff for our students and communities is huge.”

Presler was quick to credit the hard work of her CTE team and all the collaborative partners involved.

“One of the prime directives from the state for this grant was to pool resources, time and talent with as many partners as we could, for all the obvious reasons,” she said. “The good news is that we’re already well-versed in doing that, and so are our collaborators. Our gratitude extends to all who pitched in; their impact will be felt through our CTE programs for years to come.”

Culinary Arts Students Make Their Mark at ProStart

Each year, the ProStart Student Symposium held at Sysco HQ in Grand Rapids gives CTE’s Culinary Arts students the chance to apply their skills in a restaurant setting with students from around the state. The event is put on by the Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Instructor Heidi Rocha shares her students’ experience: “Students were put in groups (management or culinary) with Industry professionals as mentors and with students from other CTE culinary programs around the state. Management students worked with a management mentor to develop a restaurant concept and present to the group how they would market their restaurant. The Culinary students worked with a chef mentor and had to create a full menu (appetizer, entree, and dessert) using the following ingredients: pork loin, hot honey, crystalized cilantro, mushrooms, barley and caulilini.”

CTE Announces Students of the Month

The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for November.

CTE administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Walter Worthing of Harrison and Chandler Worden of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); Bryan Winstead of Beaverton  (Agricultural Science); Eddie Schmucker of Harrison and Aaron Morgan of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Tristan Barnes of Harrison and Chris Athey of Beaverton (Construction Trades); Austin Walling and Tanner Mielke, both of Gladwin (Criminal Justice); Brianna Knorr of Farwell and Mariah Adams of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Jason Ahrens of Beaverton and Matthew Libby of Gladwin (Digital Media); Haylee Hannah of Beaverton and Rebecca Umphrey of Harrison (Education Occupations); Sophia Paez of Clare and Taylor Budd of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Jacob Cassiday of Beaverton and Jeffery Charlton of Gladwin (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Clare and Farwell and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

CTE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCED

The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for October.

CTE administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Caleb Randal of Clare and Joshua Riley of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); Heidi Inscho of Gladwin (Agricultural Science); Zachary Campbell of Farwell and Aaron Morgan of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Grant Ritenburgh-Evans of Farwell and Kadin Lester of Beaverton (Construction Trades); Brock Byard of Farwell and Hailee Eichhorn of Harrison (Criminal Justice); Damien Thompson of Clare and Corbin Burrous of Farwell (Culinary Arts); Savariah Thomas of Harrison and Jerricho Eigner of Farwell (Digital Media); Myrissa Sherman of Beaverton and Shalynn Saxton of Harrison (Education Occupations); Cecilia Gray of Clare and Alyssa Shinevar of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Remi Lipovsky of Harrison and Austin Stamper of Harrison (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Clare and Farwell and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

Agri-Science Instructor Tony Wood: Timing is Everything

(Note: When voters in Clare and Gladwin Counties approved the CTE millage in 2016, one of the promises accompanying passage was the implementation of new programs in areas like Manufacturing and Agricultural Science. The former was introduced last year, and when school started in late August, the latter was officially launched as the latest addition to CTE’s hands-on educational offerings, with Tony Wood leading the class as its instructor. We caught up with Tony to talk about what students can expect in Ag-Science, his motivations behind taking the reins of this class and how the timing was too perfect to ignore.)

What appeals to you about teaching Ag-Sci in the CTE program?
TW: I enjoy teaching and I enjoy working in agriculture. This is a wonderful opportunity to combine these two huge aspects of my life. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with the RESD and local businesses to develop a new Ag-Science program in our community.

Can you summarize your work experience in a few sentences?
TW:
I have been a teacher of industrial technology for 20 years. The first three years of my career were at Bay City Public Schools and the past 17 years have been at Harrison Community Schools. During this same time, my wife and I began farming her family’s farm in Clare.

What in your career experience has prepared you for this job? What can you share with students that will really resonate?
TW:
I have been in education for many years and I enjoy working with students! I feel students learn best when they can relate to and find meaning in the content of the class. I’m going to work hard to find those connections with students to help engage them in their education on a daily basis. A message for my students would be that they have the unique opportunity to forge their future, to start building the future they want to live today and not let that opportunity pass by.

What are the challenges in teaching a class like this? What parts of your class do you think students will really enjoy and why?
TW:
One of the biggest challenges in this type of class is that the field of agriculture is very broad, as are the interests of students in the program. I believe students will enjoy learning about the many areas of agriculture that they may not have been familiar with. I plan to incorporate both small and large animals in our program, guest speakers who are experts in their agricultural field and field trips to learn about different types of agricultural industries first hand. I think students will truly enjoy these types of experiences.

How are you spending your early days on the job?
TW:
My first goal in the classroom is to get to know my students and design a program that will meet their unique interests and needs. With the Ag-Science program in its first year, I have been attending meetings and workshops, reaching out to other Ag-Science educators and making contact in the local agribusiness community to form our advisory committee. In addition, we are looking at space and facilities to determine what will best meet the needs of students in this new program.

What’s the proudest moment or accomplishment of your career?
TW:
I am most proud when students accomplish what they once believed they could not.

When did you know you’d become an educator, and what was the spark?
TW:
I began planning to be an educator my senior year of high school. I have always enjoyed learning new things, and over the course of my education I have had the privilege of having teachers that made learning fun, engaging and relevant. I have the desire to be that teacher for the students in my class.

You obviously have strong feelings about education, and career tech in particular. Why is that? What brought you to this point?
TW:
I believe career readiness and preparedness is one of the most important things we can help prepare students for. It’s my goal that students leave with the employability skills needed to be successful in the workplace, regardless if their place of employment is in agriculture or a completely different field.

What details about your personal life can you share – family, hobbies, etc.?
TW:
My wife Beth and I have been together 24 years, and we have two boys ages 13 and 15. Together, we farm and own the original farmsteads on her mother’s and father’s sides of the family. Both farmsteads have been in the family for four-plus generations. Our boys are very active in school, including cross country, soccer, skiing and track, in addition to their help on the farm. They both are also members of the Country Neighbors 4-H club in Clare County and raise swine and beef to enter in the county fair.

September CTE Students of the Month Announced

The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for September.

CTE administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Austin Seering-Bensinger of Clare and James Witte of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); Alaina Cuddie of Gladwin (Agricultural Science); Gabriel Shellito of Harrison and Fletcher Harry of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); K-Lee Gushen of Clare and Nick Bullard of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Breanna Whitaker of Harrison and Hannah Ryll of Gladwin (Criminal Justice); Megan Allen of Clare and Trinity Misenar of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Colby Johnson of Beaverton and Scott Rechlin of Gladwin (Digital Media); Kelsey Walkiewicz of Clare and Madison Askew of Harrison (Education Occupations); Sadie Baker of Clare and Mariah Huguelet of Gladwin (Health Occupations); and Olivia Kenny of Clare and Zachary Lask-Mclemore of Gladwin (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Clare and Farwell and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

Things Are Getting a Little Chirpy in Ag-Science

Big happenings in CTE’s Agricultural Science class with the arrival of some special guests. Instructor Tony Wood explains:

“Ag-Science students are incubating fertilized eggs that have been brought in from three flocks of laying hens. This is a 21-day process of incubation at a controlled temperature, humidity and turning of the eggs. Students are recording the temperature and humidity and making adjustments based on the data collected. At Days 7 and 14, all the eggs were candled by using a bright led flashlight to view inside the egg. Observations were made and recorded regarding the embryonic development of each egg.

“At the same time, we have ordered a flock of day- old broiler chicks. These 25 chickens will be used for meat production rather than egg production. The broiler project is part of an FFA Broiler Competition. Students will keep detailed records regarding the chickens’ growth rate, feed conversion ratio, cost of production and environmental observations. The data produced through this project will be continuously compared to the industry standard for the Ross 708 Broiler Chicken. At the end of our five-week project, students will select five birds to take to Munsells Poultry Processing to compete against other FFA chapters across the state.

“When our layer chicks hatch, we’ll collect data on their growth rate and feed conversion ratio as well. It will be interesting to compare data on chickens that have been bred for different purposes.”

SLIDESHOW: Construction Trades Start on the Next Big Thing

That didn't take long. Shortly after noon on Monday, Construction Trades students from Gladwin and Beaverton arrived at the work site where they'll spend much of their time this school year - a (for now) empty lot on Tonkin Street in Beaverton. By the end of the day, they were already measuring, cutting and completely immersed in their work. And by next Spring, the students will have learned to build a completely new home. More details will follow soon, but for now, here's a look at Day One at the build site.

CTE Students Are On Their Way

CTE is hands-on learning. That's at the heart of the program's appeal. The early days of each school year also require a certain amount of classroom time before students can get to the labs - time to discuss, above all else, safety. But also time to talk about expectations of conduct, attendance, participation and so on. Here's what some of the CTE students have been up to during these first days of the year.

CTE SUMMER CAMP FUN

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