What is CTE? Career Technical Education provides students with the academic and technical skills, along with the knowledge and training, necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. (source)
CTE 101 Video
Learn more about how Career Technical Education prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country (video produced and distributed by Advance CTE).
Why is CTE on the ballot?
This millage will be used to strengthen and improve existing programs like Welding, Pipefitting, CNC Machining, Automotive Collision Repair/Refinishing, Health Occupations, Criminal Justice, IT, & others (view programs). Additionally, it will offset enrollment costs for all Saginaw County school districts, provide relief for ever-increasing transportation costs, help purchase new equipment, curriculum materials, and licenses, improve infrastructure, as well as create new career paths. (download FAQ)
Why is CTE important?
There is a talent gap in Michigan. Michigan predicts more than 811,000 high-demand, high-wage career openings through 2024 in fields like information technology and computer science, healthcare, manufacturing, and other business, and Professional Trades careers. Careers are expected to have an average salary of $60,532. The region predicts more than 7,000 career openings annually through 2024. According to Pure Talent Connect, there were more than 8,300 unfilled skilled trades job openings in 2017 across all industries. (source)
How much will this cost
A home valued at $92,800 (median value in Saginaw County) would represent an estimated increase of $46.40 on the tax bill or approximately $3.87/month. (learn more)
How will funds be spent?
Over $3.6 million will be allocated to kids for enrollment, transportation, career coaches, and career planning. Approximately $1 million will be dedicated to short and long-term investments in program development, equipment, materials, and facility needs. Around $290,000 will be dedicated to Career Education Planning District (CEPD) administration, events, and marketing. (learn more)
What are the current CTE per pupil costs?
Under the current CTE setup, for each student taking CTE classes at the Saginaw Career Complex, all local school districts, including Saginaw Public Schools (SPSD), pay SPSD approximately $3,800 to cover the cost of countywide programs. That’s about half of each local school districts’ per pupil student aid for the entire school year. School districts in other Michigan counties pay $0 to send students to center based programs.
What contributes to the costs of CTE programs?
Multitudes of factors contribute to high costs like transportation, specialized equipment, technology, and infrastructure needs (which are required for state approved CTE programs). CTE also provides students with the opportunity to earn industry certifications, which can be quite costly.
Are there plans to build a new CTE facility?
No, there are no current / future plans to build a new facility or change the location of Career and Technical Education programs. The Saginaw Career Complex has been in operation for nearly 50 years and is still owned and operated by Saginaw Public School District. View the funding vision to learn how the dollars will be allocated.
What is Career Education Planning District (CEPD)?
CEPD is a defined area that falls under the leadership of the CEPD administrator. CEPD administrators provide technical assistance, leadership, coordination of planning activities, program reviews, evaluations, and more. CTE programs are expensive to operate which is why CEPD authority is typically held at a regional site. Of Michigan's 53 CEPD districts, 92% hold CEPD authority at the Educational Service Agency (ESA), Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) or Intermediate School District (ISD) level. (download CEPD FAQ)
CTE Millage Live Q&A
Watch Sara Simnitch from WNEM TV5 and Superintendent Dr. Kathy Stewart and CTE Director Jennifer Geno from Saginaw Intermediate School District answer questions about the upcoming Career and Technical Education millage.