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

February: Reed Loeffler Reed is the son of Kevin & Janelle Loeffler. He is a junior at Tawas Area High School. Reed is a first year student in the Automotive Technology program. He has shown that he is very knowledgeable regarding automotive tools, proper usage and their location in the shop. Reed is the first one to work on a vehicle no matter what repair or service is needed. He helps other students locate the proper tools and gives instructions on how to use them to complete the job. Reed always looks to see what he can do to assist another student, whether it be with gathering the right tools or helping with cleanup. Reed exemplifies the “it’s on me” approach every day to ensure the class succeeds. Reed has a passion for engines and wants to be an engine builder. He has taken the lead on training two new Auto program students on shop safety, hoist usage, tire machine operation along with other tools and equipment this semester. Recently, Reed volunteered to go to the Kirtland Community College Automotive Olympics on February 28, where he competed and took 3rd place in Precision Measurement!
January: Jamie Kline Jamie is the daughter of James Kline. She is a senior at Whittemore-Prescott Area High School and is a second year student in the Health Science program. She has excelled in all areas. Last year she completed the first year curriculum, Certified Nursing Assistant training, and Nursing Math offered as a dual enrollment course through Alpena Community College. Additionally, she received her CNA certification. This year she is learning Anatomy (advanced) and Medical Law & Ethics. She attends work based learning at the OB department of Ascension Hospital three days a week. She has been on the Student Leadership Team for two years and is heading up a project for the entire building called “Say Hello”. She has helped with each of the blood drives hosted by the Health Science class for the past year and a half. Jamie is an all-around awesome young lady and is a true role model for the Tech Center with excellent work ethics and compassion.
December: Chance Kruse Chance is the son of John and Heidi Kruse. He is a senior at Oscoda High School and is a first year student in the Automotive Technology program. He takes on every task with an “I can” attitude and strives to be the best role model for other students. Chance is also part of the IRESA Tech Center student leadership team. During our recent 8th and 10th grade tours, where students from the local districts visit our programs, he was the representative for the Auto program and spoke to them about his experiences in the class. Chance recently completed the SP2 Safety Certification with a score of 100% which is the top of the class. He is self-motivated and has studied additional curriculum to increase his knowledge in body shop repair and passed SP2 assessments in this area at 100% as well.
November: Rebecca Reminder Rebecca is the daughter of Scott and Heather Reminder. She is a junior at Whittemore-Prescott High School. Rebecca is a first year student in the Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management program. She has great work ethics and job readiness skills. She comes to class in full uniform, pressed and presentable, with a professional attitude every day. Rebecca completes her work on time and always has a positive attitude. She is a great leader and true example of professionalism to others and even to the level two students!
October: Kylia Nelkie Kylia is the daughter of Alan and Valerie Nelkie. She is a junior at Tawas Area High School and a first year student in the Power Mechanics program. Her presence in the class is nothing short of outstanding. She is very determined to be the best mechanic, welder, and fabricator. Her work is first rate. Not only does she complete all of her projects ahead of schedule, but they are done with pride and quality. She is humble and works hard whether she is sweeping or welding. At the end of September, the students were challenged to create a new entryway display. Kylia was the only student to volunteer to do this. She has welded and fabricated the Minion pictured above. This will not only be a great addition to showcase the spirit of the Tech Center, but it’s also a great credit to Kylia’s work ethic.
September: Hailey Knack Hailey is the daughter of Sasha Knack. She is a senior at Tawas Area High School and a second year student in the Teacher Prep Academy program. Currently, she is working in a lower elementary Special Education class with Host Teacher, Ms. Spencer. She is learning various aspects of the Special Education students’ needs and has put into practice what she is learning and even makes recommendations on strategies to use with individuals. This Cadet works one on one with her students and they respond very well to her. One of Hailey’s best features is her ability to share with the other Cadets what she is learning. She is truly an inspiration to them. Hailey is very mature. She holds jobs at both The Lodge and Subway, but manages to keep her homework as a priority.