Career & Technical Education
It is our goal to enhance the career opportunities of our students by providing a safe and secure environment in which instruction and experience will challenge the heart and intrigue the mind of every individual that attends our Tech Center.
Professional Student of the Month
January: Gavin Misiak Gavin is the son of Dawn Jaqua and Scott Misiak. He is a senior at Oscoda Area Schools. He is a second year student in the Power Mechanics program. He continues to excel in the program and has had perfect attendance the entire year. He is a natural leader that other students look up to and enjoy working with. Gavin has attended the Tech Center for two years and has overcome the pauses that the pandemic has caused. He has grown to love welding and has committed himself to going to Alpena Community College next year to earn his credentials as a welder. Gavin deserves this award for many reasons. Academically, he has never earned lower than an “A”. Gavin is never a behavior problem and perseveres even through the tough times. Gavin’s work ethic is proven every day as he does more than his share in the shop to help and volunteers to do other projects. Overall, Gavin in a great role model for present and future students to follow.
November-December: Madison Hollenbeck Madison is the daughter of Charles Hollis and Ashley Howell. She is a senior at Hale Area Schools. She is a second year student in the Teacher Prep Academy program. “Ms. Madison”, as she is known around Hale Elementary/Middle School, has evolved into the ultimate cadet—taking advantage of every learning opportunity. She has not let the pandemic slow her down, every day Madison participated with her 6th grade host classroom by reading them a chapter of Wonder virtually. In November, she spearheaded the Veterans’ Day ceremony with the help of 3rd grade teacher, Julie Look. This Teacher Prep cadet exceeded expectations when she took ownership in a project, which she knew her community holds dear. She created an online link for Hale’s veterans to attend an outdoor celebration while communicating virtually with students inside, collected information on kids’ loved ones to display, and enlisted all of the students in making a thank you banner. She took direction from staff, and then blew the project up ten times bigger than ever before!
October: Alysa Gould Alysa is the daughter of Alan and Jill Gould. She is a senior at Tawas Area Schools. She is a second year student in the Building Trades program. As a non-traditional student in the construction trades program, Alysa has made tremendous strides this year becoming a clear leader among her classmates. She is an excellent team player, operates building related tools with precision, and takes great pride in her work. She has been a member of the leadership committee at IRESA and will be attending Delta College next fall majoring in Residential and Commercial Construction Programs.
September: Ethan Nelkie Ethan is the son of Joe and Sandy Nelkie. He is a junior at Alternative Educational Academy. He is a first year student in the Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management program. Ethan loves this class and it shows. He is very prompt, kind, and courteous to everyone and always eager to help whoever needs it. Ethan is a level 1 student but has the work ethics of a level 2 student. He keeps people on task and volunteers regularly for extra work. His leadership makes him a great role model for others.