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January 2022
News for students, families and friends
Celebrating current students
and welcoming future students

Career Tech is energized because our current high school juniors and seniors are deep into their hands-on learning and their tremendous progress shows! Below you can read about student accomplishments and know that we celebrate these and plenty of additional great work in our 21 Career Tech education programs.

Another bright spot is in February when hundreds of local 10th graders visit to learn about our programs and consider whether to enroll for their junior years. The staff and I enjoy connecting prospective students with opportunities that can enrich their educations and open their eyes to pathways that inspire them. Please read on to learn more and feel free to contact Career Tech with any questions at 231.922.6273.

Pat Lamb
Assistant Superintendent of Career & Technical Education

Career Tech highlight video
Check out this video by Career Tech Film and New Media students! It's a peek at a day in the life of Career Tech students.

Welcome 10th grade visitors
On February 2 and 3, Career Tech will host hundreds of 10th grade student visitors for an up-close look at the 21 education programs offered here. Students may learn more by asking their high school counselors for Career Tech information or by visiting our website.

There's a program for everyone
This Career Tech Program Overview showcases our education programs that prepare high school students for work, certifications, college and life.

Where the rubber meets the road
One of the keys to education is taking what you learn and putting it into practice. And Career Tech is just the place for students to take their lessons to the next level. The Writers Studio program offers opportunities for students to publish their written work here in this newsletter. Here's one sample by Sara Bagley and you can see many other student works here.
Pitching Articles, Not Balls
By Sara Bagley
In early November, first- and second-year students in the Writers Studio program (formerly known as Front Street Writers) at Career Tech had the opportunity to present their journalism articles to an editor during a mock pitch meeting.
According to Writers Studio instructor Teresa Scollon, students move through several different genres of writing through the year-long class; one of these genres is journalism. “It’s helpful for students to work as reporters for Career Tech News as a warmup. Students are given teams and beats, and go out to get the news in the school,” Scollon explains. Read full article here.
Get a step ahead with Early College
If you'd like to work towards a college degree or certificate, North Ed Early College offers hard-working students college opportunities to earn up to an associate's degree while completing high school requirements and learning in-demand industry skills at North Ed Career Tech.

Whether your goal is to transfer to a four-year university, or earn a degree or certificate to jumpstart a career, Early College can help you get there while saving time and money. Coursework is paid in whole or part by the student's local school district, saving students thousands of tuition dollars each year. Plus, courses can often be used to satisfy high school and college requirements, which saves time too! To learn more, contact Ashley Darga at Ashley can share information with you about Early College and upcoming virtual information meetings on March 15 or 17 at 5:30 p.m.
All Engineering Academy virtual information sessions are 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Career Tech, 880 Parsons Road in Traverse City. Links to sessions are available here. RSVP to Instructor Tim Wheatley at
Student celebrations

Lane Cool (Kalkaska High School) was awarded a $750 scholarship as the top entry in the Military Officer Association of America scholarship program, which honors students committed to service.

Career Tech and TC West Senior High students Evan DeLoy and Brendon Grant (pictured left) were honored as Rotary Outstanding Students during December. Evan plans to pursue a medical career and Brendon plans to become a pilot.

Upcoming events
January 17 - No Career Tech Classes - Teacher Work Day
January 21 - End of 1st Semester
February 2-3 - 10th Grade Visits
March 12 - Saturday School
March 28-April 1 - No Career Tech Classes - Spring Break
March 25 - End of 3rd Marking Period
April 12 - Career Fair
April 15 - No Career Tech Classes
April 20 - Career Tech Advisory Committee Meeting
April 23 - Saturday School
May 7 & 14 - Saturday School
May 30 - No Career Tech Classes - Memorial Day
May 31 - Career Tech Awards (tentatively scheduled)
June 10 - Last Day for Students (depending on snow days)
June 21 - 23 - Cool Tech Camp (registration opens in April)

Career Tech work-based experiences drive growth

Career Tech's placement center offers work-based learning opportunities at local employers. Students benefit from on-the-job training, including job shadowing, mentoring, co-op jobs, and even apprenticeships. To learn more, contact Career Preparation Specialist Dana Venhuizen at
Lily Kolbusz, a 12th grader in Career Tech's Engineering Academy and Writers Studio programs worked at Britten Inc. in Traverse City during the summer between her junior and senior years. She began with small tasks to learn the ropes and then took on more responsibilities. Lily fine-tuned her skills to create large-scale tiger scupltures for the Cincinnati Bengals football stadium. She learned that she likes a job with both office work and hands-on creation. She was excited and proud to see the final product that she worked on.
Chloe Dimon, a 12th grader in Career Tech's Power Equipment program and Forest Area High School works for M&M Sports Center. She maintains racing snowmobiles and boats at the South Boardman business. She recently took apart several Polaris engines to build one highly efficient and speed-driven sled. Chloe has learned a lot about building her own tools for the job and identifying her future career goals. Her favorite part of the experience is side-by-side collaboration with experienced professionals who are knowledgeable and hard-working.

Career Tech parents and students: Sign up for text alerts
If you would like to receive timely school closure or urgent news messages from North Ed Career Tech via SMS text messaging, please sign up with the directions below. All texts from North Ed will come from the number 67587. This service is provided through Intrado SchoolMessenger Solutions. We may also use this platform to make phone calls featuring a recorded message.

To participate in the text messaging service:
  • Text any one of the following words to the number 67587: subscribeoptin, or yes.
  • Repeat the opt-in process for any wireless phone numbers that you wish to include.
  • You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message: "You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies."

NOTE: If your cell phone number is not on file with the school, you will not be able to receive text messages. Text messaging service is limited to contact numbers tied to North Ed staff and student databases and is not available to the general public. If you are unsure whether your phone number is on file, contact the Career Tech main office at 231.922.6273.

Easy scheduling with Career Tech counselors
It's easy to schedule appointments with Career Tech Counselors Mrs. Karmin Olds and Mr. Barry Bialik. Just sign up in the Student Services office, or use the online Counselor Appointment Request Form. Get help with questions about college financial aid (FAFSA), scholarships, college/trade school options, and career questions. Plus, they can guide students to referrals for personal needs, mental health services, local resources, and more.
Do you know what you eat?
Career Tech Agriscience students and FFA members Alivia Farr (right) and Marlen Jackson-Rangel (below) wrote a Forum opinion article for The Record-Eagle on the importance of knowing where your food comes from. Agriscience students completed a project to learn about raising broiler chickens for quality, care, and industry standards.
Winner winner chicken dinner
Students Spencer Baz and Lily Kolbusz from the Career Tech Writers Studio program also got involved with their Agriscience schoolmates by documenting the project in the article entitled Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

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