February 2019
Volum e 3, Issue 4
CTE Student of the Month
Berrien Springs High School
Submitted by: Jennifer Natzel, CTE Director
Berrien Springs High School Construction Trades program would like to recognize Cassidy Odiorne as CTE Student of the Month. This is her second year in the program.

Cassidy displays initiative, works hard, and places high value on a job well-done in class. Cassidy is not afraid to make mistakes and learns from them. She is also a student member on the Berrien Springs Construction Trades Advisory Board. 

In the future Cassidy plans to pursue degrees in both business and construction. She hopes to one day take over her family's carpentry business.  

Spotlight on CTE Programs
Bringing to light CTE's unique opportunities and activities
Coloma High School
HOSA Students Qualify for State Leadership Conference
Submitted by: Cathy Haley, CTE Director
On December 7, Future Health Professionals (HOSA) members from Coloma High School attended the Region 2 Leadership Conference at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Six students competed in events with three of them placing in the Top-Ten of their event field.

Top-Ten in each event qualify for entry into the State Leadership Conference in March. Congratulations!!!
Bridgman High School
Bridgman DECA District Winners
Submitted by: Laura McGee, CTE Director
The Bridgman DECA students brought home the gold from DECA District Competition held December 20 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The students competed in various events related to Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management. Below are the overall finalists who are headed to Detroit to compete at the DECA State Competition March 8 – 10.

  • Kai Babcock - Principles of Business Management
  • Mikaela Owen - Principles of Finance
  • Sophia Bomar - Principles of Finance
  • Ezra Clapsaddle - Principles of Marketing
  • Caleb Barker - Food Marketing
  • Ashley Willer - Marketing Communications
  • Jared Russell - Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Kaylee Shuler and Hannah Johnson - Buying and Merchandising Team Event
  • Jacob and Jane Kaspar – Entrepreneurship Team Event
  • Evan Moyer and Angela Harazin – Entrepreneurship Team Event
  • Jeacy Corzine and Bella Oldenburg - Hospitality Services Team Event
  • Grace Fenech and Emma Fanslau - Hospitality Services Team Event
  • Kristian Dalton and Hunter Adams - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Event
  • Austin Crowder and Chipper Steffey - Travel and Tourism Team Event

We are so proud of our Bridgman Bees!
Lakeshore/St. Joseph High Schools
2019 Mi ACTE New Teacher of the Year
Submitted by: Jim Berry, CTE Instructor at St. Joseph and
Lori VonKoenig, CTE Director at Lakeshore
The Michigan Association for Career & Technical Education (MI-ACTE) announced Savannah Devries, CTE Allied Healthcare Instructor at both Lakeshore High School and St. Joseph High School as the 2019 MI ACTE New Teacher of the Year .

This award recognizes new CTE teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 
CTE Events - It's CTE Month!
By: Kelly Dargus, CTE Consultant

February is National CTE Month ! Local districts have been busy promoting CTE to students, parents and staff.

Together, we are changing the perception of CTE! Career and Technical Education is for ALL students. If a student is interested in a certain occupation, chances are there's a local CTE program offering that skill.

Check out the New Buffalo's Construction Trades display!
Counselor Connection - CTE MONTH
By: Kelly Dargus, CTE Consultant
February has a been a busy month! Many counselors were able to attend the Michigan Career Education Conference on January 28-29.

Career development was a hot topic with many sessions centered on the Michigan Career Development Model and how schools can implement career awareness, exploration and preparation within each grade level. This legislation continues to be on our monthly counselor meeting agendas.
5th Year Early/Middle College
December Update
By: Melissa Springsteen
5th Year Early/Middle College Consultant
Applications for Cohort 4 (Class of 2021) have been submitted and we are scheduled to have our Family Interviews on February 25 and 26, from 4:30-8:30 pm at Berrien RESA.

As we work though our last semester with our very first cohort group, we are excited to welcome our Cohort 4 students for the fall 2019 semester.
Contact Melissa Springsteen at
(269) 471-7725 Ext. 1304, if you have questions.
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PA56 Nondiscrimination Statemen t
It is the policy of the PA56 Consortium members that no person on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, weight, height, marital status, gender expression, judicial record, disability, and/or any other legally protected characteristic shall be bullied and/or discriminated against. This includes exclusion from participation in, benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any state or federally funded program or activity for which the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency or any member of the PA56 Consortium is responsible, or for which it receives state or federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.  In addition to the above statement, arrangements may be made to ensure that language skills are not a barrier to admission or participation in Career & Technical Education programs within the Berrien County PA56 Consortium.
Berrien Regional Education Service Agency
PO Box 364
711 St. Joseph Avenue
Berrien Springs, MI 49103-1583
(269) 471-7725

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