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CAREER TECH
NEWS
November 2019
Volume 4, Issue 2
Career Pathway Day
Second Annual Berrien County 9th Grade Career Pathway Day
By: CTE Staff
On November 15th, Berrien RESA, Lake Michigan College and Michigan Works! hosted a hands-on career exploratory event for all 9th grade students in Berrien County. The event was held in the Grand Upton Hall at the Mendel Center on the campus of Lake Michigan College.

This year, our 2nd Career Pathway Day, over 2,000 freshmen students attended and were able to interact with over 82 Career & Technical Education students representing 27 CTE programs; 27 post-secondary students, instructors and staff representing their colleges and universities; and 81 business and industry leaders, representing over 30 different companies.
Career Pathway Day Flyer
Students moving around the Mendel Center during Career Pathway Day.
The Grand Upton Hall during one of the student sessions.
Edgewater Automation speaking to students.
Edgewater Automation speaking to students.
Midwest-Family Broadcasting answering questions.
Midwest-Family Broadcasting answering questions
Demonstrations by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).
Demonstrations by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality
Flight simulator
Flight simulator
Virtual Welding
Virtual Welding
Andrews University - School of Architecture & Interior Design
Andrews University - School of Architecture & Interior Design
Countryside Academy demonstrating their Agriscience Program.
Countryside Academy demonstrating their Agriscience Program
Otis, Andrews University Vet Tech Program mascot, loved all the attention he received during Career Pathway Day!
Otis, Andrews University Vet Tech Program mascot, loved all the attention he received during Career Pathway Day!
Market piglets keeping warm on a heating pad.
Market piglets keeping warm on a heating pad.
D.C. Cook Plant employees showing students radiation dress out.
D.C. Cook Plant employees showing students radiation dress out
Career Pathway branding
Teacher of the Month
Brandywine High School
Jeremy Tilly, Automotive Instructor
Jeremy Tilly as Instructor of the Month
This month we would like to honor Jeremy Tilly as Instructor of the Month. Jeremy came to Brandywine from industry and has been a great asset to our CTE department and school.

Jeremy is in his 9 th year of teaching and has made an impact on all his students. He has a way of connecting with everyone and helping them understand their potential. When talking with a few of his students they had the following to say:

“Mr. Tilly never says no to helping his students. He always tries to explain things at a level that everyone can understand. He treats his students equally, even those that are not real knowledgeable of automotive concepts.”

Thank you Mr. Tilly for all your hard work and dedication to our school and students.  Text Link
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
EDPs, lnternships and Career Awareness
Associate Executive Director Colin Ripmaster and Director of Government Relations Bob Kefgen from the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
By: CTE Staff

On November 7, 2019, Associate Executive Director Colin Ripmaster and Director of Government Relations Bob Kefgen from the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals presented at Berrien RESA on Educational Development Plans (EDP's) based on the Michigan Career Development Model that was released last December.

Teams of district staff members from the region participated in the morning presentation session and then utilized the afternoon to further their individual district K-12 EDP plans.
Staff attending the professional development
Staff attending the professional development
Program Highlights
River Valley High School
River Valley's chili cook-off voting

Chili Cook-off
By: Patrick Breen, CTE Director

Mrs. Crimmins, River Valley's new culinary instructor, is bringing many different aspects of our culinary program to life!  Culinary Arts is just one of the Career Technical Education (CTE) courses held at River Valley High School and it allows students to learn different skill-sets within the culinary career pathway, thus making them more employable within the local community. 

On October 17th, the culinary students held a “Chili Cook-Off” inside our cafeteria, where the student body had the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorite chili recipe. The winning chili will be featured as a school lunch option later this year.
River Valley's culinary students
River Valley's Culinary Program presenting their Chili
St. Joseph High School
Roman at SJHS
3D Effects Specialist and Interior Designer Visits Graphic and Commercial Arts at SJHS

By: Jim Berry, CTE Director

Roman Simmons has designed with Nike in Oregon, and has spent 5 years as an animator for Disney, freelance for countless name brands and currently does photo-realistic 3D imaging. He has worked on Disney films like Mulan and Lilo and Stitch. Roman specializes in Virtual Reality and renderings for one of the largest furniture companies in the world. Roman currently works for Knoll furniture a textile and interior design company out of Chicago. Roman will be joining the Graphic and Commercial Arts advisory team at SJPS. Thanks Roman!!
Berrien Springs High School
Construction Trades Program
By: Jennifer Natzel, CTE Director
Berrien Springs Constructions Trades students
Berrien Springs Construction Trades program had the opportunity to engage in a service learning project this fall. Students constructed and installed a wheelchair ramp for a disabled Vietnam veteran, Norman Crawford.

This project was a partnership between the construction program, Lest We Forget, the Southwestern Michigan Homebuilders Association, Big C Lumber, and the Southwestern Association of Realtors. The partnership allowed Crawford to receive the ramp and installation at no cost. He is the 3rd generation in his family to serve in the United States Army. 

Berrien Springs Construction Trades students welcomed the opportunity to partner with so many outstanding organizations to make this project possible and, in turn, help a veteran in need.
Berrien Springs Constructions Trades students
Berrien Springs Constructions Trades students
Counselor Connection
By: Kelly Dargus, CTE/Perkins Consultant
The transition from Career Cruising to Xello is complete. Now it's time to become familiar with the product and all it's features. Xello training was offered last month and provided an overview of core functions. Implementation will be ongoing this year as districts and staff explore lessons and activities that will help them meet the requirements of Michigan's Career Development Law.

Upcoming events:
  • December 10 - South County CTE Bus Tour (Career SCECH's offered)
  • January 27-28 - Michigan Career Education Conference
5th Year Early/Middle College

By: Melissa Springsteen
5th Year Early/Middle College Consultant
Information Meetings for 10th grade students and their parents.
  • Monday December 2, 2019: Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor Campus-Main Building Lecture Hall
  • Wednesday December 4, 2019: Southwestern Michigan College Niles Campus
  • Tuesday December 10, 2019: Berrien RESA Berrien Springs, Conference Rooms B, C, D
*All sessions will begin at 6:00 pm and cover the same content

Student application will be available on the website (www.berriencte.org/5th-year-emc) beginning on December 11, 2019. and be due January 31, 2020.

Family Interviews will take place at Berrien RESA on:
  • February 18, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • February 20, 2020 (only as needed)
If you have questions, please contact
Melissa Springsteen
(269) 471-7725 Ext. 1304
Do you have a suggestion for the CTE Newsletter? Please contact Chris Machiniak or Mona Hunter .
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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For additional information on Berrien County Career and Technical Education, visit our website at: www.berriencte.org