Copper Country Intermediate School District investing in Career and Technical Education


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HANCOCK – Students at Hancock High School got a potential look at their futures today as they were introduced to a new education program starting next fall. It’s a CTE, or Career Technical Education, program introducing students to fields such as auto tech and health services through the intermediate school district.

Shawn Kolbus, the CTE Director for Copper Country ISD says, “A lot of our programs kids will enter just to see what it’s like. It’s not like they have to choose that as a career. Sometimes a student may go into health careers and decide they don’t like it. That enables them to choose a different career path after that.”

Classes will be offered offsite, taking place at other schools such as Michigan Tech and Finlandia. The new program is an expansion of sorts from preexisting CTE courses offered at the high school says Hancock Middle & High School Guidance Counselor Kirsten Menigoz.

“Our world is different, not everybody needs to go and get a four-year college degree. They have MRI programs now at Gogebic;, they have a great PTA program at Finlandia, a two-year physical therapy assistant program. So there’s options for students.”

One of those options is nursing, a career path in need of workers says Registered Nurse and Instructor Lorie Maki. “In our area,” she says, “I know for sure that almost every nursing home in our area is in need of nursing assistance. They are short on nurses aides as well as nurses so it’s across the whole U.P. and across the country.”

For those students that sign up in a CTE course, classes run all year long. You can find out more by visiting the CCISD website.

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