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
May: Sierra Wright Siearra is the daughter of Julie Aragon. She is a junior at Oscoda Area Schools. She is a first year student in the Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management program. She is a great student. Her work ethics are very important to her not only in Culinary but at her job as well. She is prompt and well prepared for labs. She stays on task and helps others with their tasks as well. Siearra is very friendly and respectful to others. She worked very hard and tenaciously to achieve all of the certificates and awards available in the Culinary program. Siearra even achieved perfect attendance for the entire school year. She will excel at any job she chooses to do.
April: Jacob Fanslau Jacob is the son of Carrie Fanslau. He is a senior at Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools. Jacob is a second year student in the Automotive Technology program. Jacob has excelled this year with his overall automotive knowledge and leadership skills. At the beginning of the school year he was demonstrating to the first year students the proper safety precautions to follow while in the shop using the hoist, tire machine and the other equipment that is used daily. Jacob is sought out by the other students when working on vehicles in the shop. Jacob is currently involved in work-based learning at Sunrise Disposal repairing the heavy-duty trucks they use to operate their day-to-day business. Jacob is there three days a week gaining valuable work experience. Jacob shares his work experiences with his classmates when he is onsite. Jacob currently holds nine ASE certifications and is working on his Master ASE certification. Jacob has plans to continue in the automotive field when his high school career ends this June.
March: Michael Monroe Michael is the son of JoAnne Monroe. He is a junior at Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools. He is a first year student in the Automotive Technology program. He shows up every day to the Tech Center with a “Can Do” attitude ready to work on whatever vehicle/situational task there is for that day. Michael is an exceptional student; he is the one that the other students want to work with in the shop. Michael has taken the lead on most all of the major projects in the shop including but not limited to the removal and replacement of automatic transmissions in three different 4-wheel drive trucks. He has brought a wealth of knowledge and his own personal experiences to the class and shared them with the other students. While we were in our brief virtual environment, he was actively working on his own projects outside at home and showed the students how he was removing a V-8 engine from a large wood chipper. Michael is also involved in racing at the Whittemore Speedway during the summer months.
February: Kevin Billeter Kevin is the son of Paul and Kirsten Billeter. He is a junior at Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools. He is a first year student in the Health Science program. He is an outstanding young man who excels in academics, work ethics, and leadership skills. Kevin is Junior President of the health science class and a member of the leadership team. In addition to the health science curriculum, he is in the nursing assistant program and is dual enrolled at ACC taking the dosage math class. He strives to gain all the knowledge he can. Kevin is a pleasure in the class, always with a positive attitude and willing to help others.
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.