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Congressman John Moolenaar Visits the Wexford-Missaukee CTC

posted Jun 15, 2016, 5:24 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (4th Congressional District) recently toured the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center to see the vast range of opportunities available for students in Career and Technical Education.  During his visit, he learned more about the Early College program at CTC and the collaboration with school districts outside of the Wexford-Missaukee ISD service area.  Dave Cox, CTC Director, commented, “It was great to have U.S.Rep. Moolenaar visit CTC to meet our staff and see the great things that we are doing to prepare our students for college, the military, or the workforce.”



CTC Student Earns Pharmacy Technician Certificate

posted Jun 15, 2016, 5:22 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

A student enrolled in the Health Science Careers program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center (WM-CTC) recently earned a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.  After completing the five-week class through Agape Health Care, Kyle Morrison (Grayling HS) passed the exam on June 10, 2016 in Grand Rapids.  This was the first time that Pharmacy Technician coursework was offered to WM-CTC students.

A Pharmacy Technician is responsible for preparing dosage medications into bottles and unit dose packaging under the direct supervision of a Pharmacist.  Other duties include collecting patient information for prescription and billing, and preparing and stocking medications and supplies.  Pharmacy Technicians work primarily for local independent pharmacies, hospitals, or clinics which dispense medication directly to patients.  


Star Wars Lego Competition

posted Jun 3, 2016, 11:52 AM by Trent Miller   [ updated Jun 3, 2016, 11:53 AM ]

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For the past 11 years the Manistee, Wexford-Missaukee Regional Mathematics and Science Center along with the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District host a LEGO competition and exposition for the local districts in our region.  This year the theme of the competition was Star Wars! The LEGO mat had numerous obstacles that the teams had to program their robots to complete.  Some of the obstacles required the use of a bump sensor, a light sensor, and to download a sound file for the robot to say something at a certain point.  

This year we had three schools participate for a total 56 students and teachers.  The schools represented were: Cadillac Area Public Schools, McBain Rural Agricultural Schools, and Pine River Area Schools.  There were 12 teams that competed in the challenge, 3 teams that participated in the exposition, and 3 display teams.  Prizes were given to the top four competition teams.  The top four teams were determined by completion of each portion of the challenge in the fastest amount of time.  First place went to a Pine River team, with a time of 1:19.  Second place went to a team from Cadillac with a time of 2:33.  Third and fourth place went to two teams from Pine River.  

A huge thank you to all our teachers, students, Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Toy Town of Cadillac, the YMCA, and Cadillac 5 Cinema for supporting and donating to the 2016 LEGO Challenge and Exposition.  


CTC Students Receive Certificates from the American Hotel and Lodging Institute

posted Jun 1, 2016, 5:41 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

Two students enrolled in the Hospitality, Retailing, and Entrepreneurship program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center have achieved national certification and recognition from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) for their guest services expertise.  Nicholas Renfer and Peter Suski earned this award by competing at the state DECA conference and earning top scores on the Hospitality and Tourism cluster examination.  They will soon be receiving a national certificate from the AHLEI as Certified Guest Services Professionals and will be able to use this certification to further their careers in marketing, management, and the hospitality industry.  Both Nicholas and Peter are 2016 graduates of Manton High School. 

DECA in an international student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 



Wexford-Missaukee CTC Students Receive Awards in State MITES Competition

posted May 18, 2016, 7:11 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

Several students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program and the Engineering Technology program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center recently received awards and scholarships at the Regional MITES competition in Lansing on May 13, 2016. 

The award winners include:

Zachary Deacons (Automotive Technology, Cadillac HS) earned First Place in the Fastener Competition and was awarded $4,000 in scholarships from MIAT.

Jason Monahan (Automotive Technology, McBain HS) earned Second Place in the Fastener Competition and was awarded $3,000 in scholarships from MIAT.

Jordan Cook (Automotive Technology, Brethren HS) was one of three students who had a perfect score in Automotive Math, earned Fifth Place overall in the Advanced Automotive Competition, and was awarded $5,000 in scholarships from University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), Lincoln Technology and Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT).

Isaiah Keeler (Engineering Technology, Marion HS) earned Second Place and was awarded $8,000 in scholarships. 

Cote Eychner (Engineering Technology, Marion HS) earned Fifth Place and was awarded $2,000 in scholarships.

Other award winners from the Engineering Technology program include:  Grace Fuzi (Cadillac Adult Education), Cole Weatherell (Cadillac HS), Lauren Millen (Pine River HS), Levi Black (Lake City HS), Trevor Pargeon (Bear Lake HS), Dan Moore (Marion HS), Tucker, Fansler (Pine River HS), Gabby Price (Cadillac HS), Larry Crawley (McBain HS) and Justin Cole (Pine River HS)

MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) is state-wide student organization that promotes career, technical and industrial education programs.

    


Wexford-Missaukee CTC Students Receive Michigan “Breaking Traditions” Awards

posted May 13, 2016, 12:08 PM by Jennifer Gaffke   [ updated May 13, 2016, 12:16 PM ]

The Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education has selected four students from the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center to receive a “Breaking Traditions” Award.  The awards were established to recognize outstanding students who have been successful in Career and Technical Education programs that are nontraditional for their gender.

Catilynn Fogarty (Digital Media Production, Mesick HS) was awarded with the 2016 Excellence Award.  Catilynn attended the Breaking Traditions awards ceremony at the Library of Michigan in Lansing on May 12, 2016. 

Amanda Aldrich (Automotive Technology, Lake City HS), Jacqueline Castro (Applied Construction Technology, McBain HS) and Julianna Mannor (Digital Media Production, Brethren HS) were awarded with Certificates of Recognition. 

State Superintendent Brian Whiston noted that all the award recipients “are preparing themselves to enter a career that will benefit them individually while benefitting Michigan through a more diverse workforce.  By pursuing careers that are nontraditional for their gender, they are role models for peers who may be considering such a career path.” 

To qualify for consideration, a student had to meet these criteria:

• Be completing a Career and Technical Education program that is nontraditional for his/her gender

• Be enrolled in a Michigan High School or Career Center program during the 2015-16 school year

• Be nominated by a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other personnel employed by the student’s school or career center

• Have satisfactory academic standing and acceptable citizenship and disciplinary history

• Have made a contribution to awareness of nontraditional careers through successful participation in one or more of the following activities:

-Exemplary completion of a program considered nontraditional for the student’s gender

-Successful competition in a program-related event or contest

-Participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization

-Active recruitment of other students into programs nontraditional for their gender

-Mentoring other students in Career and Technical Education programs nontraditional for their gender

-Significant contributions to the student’s specific Career and Technical Education program


  

Wexford-Missaukee CTC Students Receive Awards in Regional MITES Competition

posted May 11, 2016, 5:38 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

Twelve students enrolled in the Engineering Technology program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center recently received awards at the Regional MITES competition in Harbor Springs on May 6, 2016.  These students have earned the privilege of competing at the 88th Annual MITES Conference and Student Project Competition on May 11-14, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan. 

The award winners include:

First Place:  Isaiah Keeler (Marion HS) – Air Motor, Gabrielle Price (Cadillac HS) – Air Motor Drawings, Daniel Moore (Marion HS) – Chevy Trailer Hitch Cover, Cole Wetherell (Cadillac HS) – Dirt Bike Stand, and Roark Pargeon (Bear Lake HS) – Machine Shop Chess

Second Place:  Cote Eychner (Marion HS) – Air Motor, Grace Fuzi (Adult Education) – Princess Hitch Cover, and Lauren Millen (Pine River HS) – Rain Chain

Third Place:  Justin Cole (Pine River HS) – Trailer Hitch Cover and Tucker Fansler (Pine River HS) – Hammer

Fourth Place:  Levi Black (Lake City HS) – Ice Hammer and Larry Crawley (McBain HS) – Trailer Hitch Cover

MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) is state-wide student organization that promotes career, technical and industrial education programs.

   

Wexford-Missaukee CTC Students Earn CNA Certificates

posted May 5, 2016, 6:08 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) help patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse and often work in a wide variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, etc.  A CNA assists with basic patient care, such as giving baths, checking vital signs, bed-making, and positioning.  

Recently, 30 students enrolled in the Health Science Career program, which is housed at Munson Healthcare Cadillac, have become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  The Health Science Career program is one of fifteen programs offered by the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center.  These students participated in clinical training at Autumnwood of McBain and The Lakeview by performing personal care and assisting in social activities with residents. 

In previous years, students had to travel to Mt. Pleasant or Traverse City to take the CNA exam.  However, this year the students were tested in the classroom at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital.  


  

Wexford-Missaukee CTC Students Pass Michigan’s Automotive Brakes Test

posted May 5, 2016, 6:06 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

Ten students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center recently passed the State of Michigan’s Automotive Brakes Test and will soon be receiving their license in this area.  This automotive brakes licensure will give these students an advantage when applying for a job within this area over other candidates who have not passed the exam. 

The mission of the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center is to prepare students for career success, whether it is for post-secondary education/training, employment, or the military. 

  

Illuminate Teacher Spotlight- Mallory Bekken

posted Apr 27, 2016, 9:36 AM by Trent Miller   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 9:36 AM ]

How have you been using Illuminate in your classroom/school?
I have been using Illuminate in my classroom to give my pre and post tests.  I also use it when giving my vocabulary tests.  The students log in to their portal, and take the test.  This way I can look at the reports and find out where my students are going to be struggling, and really touch on those points.  As a school we know that data is important, but this year we are pushing the teachers to really dig into it and have conversations about our students.  We have the data, now what can we do to better support our students.  We have created a data calendar to keep us on track with giving the assessments, getting all of the information into Illuminate, and then the most important part, discussing the data with each other to find out what we need to improve on.

How is it going?
Overall I think Illuminate is being accepted by most teachers.  I know to many it just seems like another thing we are being asked to do, but I am trying my hardest to implement it in the easiest way I know how.  I want the teachers to like it, and to not feel overwhelmed by it.  Illuminate is quite easy to use once you play with it for a while, and that is what I want for my teachers.  They are given a little bit at a time and asked to play with it, try to create an assessment, try looking through the reports.  Overall it is going really well.  The students don't seem to mind it either, and they always enjoy the On the Fly assessments because they get to take their test, scan it on the computer, and then get instant feedback to how they did.  It is a really neat and fun tool that the kids enjoy, and it gives me instant feedback that I don't have to grade.  It's like a quick and easy exit ticket!

Thoughts and/or reflections about how using Illuminate affects and impacts your classroom and teaching?
I feel that Illuminate impacts my teaching in a positive way.  If gives me multiple reports that I am able to look at and then better understand where my students are struggling and where I am struggling as a teacher.  I can tell where I need to work harder, and where I need to go over things more deeply.  I think using this will also improve my students M-STEP scores because the passages and questions are formatted very similarly to the M-STEP test.  Overall I am really enjoying Illuminate.  I have a lot more to learn, but I am very excited for what is to come!


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