Learning experiences to guide Midland Co. students in discovery and decision-making before college and the world of work

CTE Pays Off


Enroll in post-secondary education immediately after high school. Blends academic and technical skills to enhance the learning experience.


Affirm career pathway through CTE experiences. Technical coursework reinforces academics with real-world learning.


Express satisfaction with opportunities to explore. Empowers learners to explore multiple career options.

Why Does it Matter?

Enrollment in CTE serves as an indicator of how well-prepared students are for college and future careers – particularly in high-skilled occupations in STEM fields – which are the types of jobs Michigan expects to increase in the future.


CTE can prepare students for future training and jobs with high earning potential and little to no student debt.


Michigan enrolls less than half the number of CTE students compared to high performing states.


Michigan ranks among the bottom of states in terms of college-ready graduates.


Just 16-31% of Midland County high schoolers are enrolled in CTE, depending on district, despite the advantages of these learning experiences.


Surprisingly, only 52.71% of Midland County students earn some kind of postsecondary credential (certificate, 2- or 4-year degree). 23.69% start but do not finish college. Another 15.86% never enroll in postsecondary education. 7.13% who enroll in college are still there 5 years later.

2020/2021 Dashboard

Midland County students can attend a program they choose in any school district. We’ll even provide the transportation! That’s how committed we are to making CTE accessible for all. Our goal is to have at least 50% at each district taking CTE classes – with 100% of students exploring careers in some way! Data demonstrates when CTE participation is high, communities don’t experience workforce shortages like we do here in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Here’s a look at student participation in state-approved CTE programs.

Bullock Creek


  • Percent of student body 16% 16%




  • Percent of student body 28% 28%



  • Percent of student body 31% 31%

Midland High


  • Percent of student body 24% 24%

Dow High


  • Percent of student body 30% 30%

“I started with Bullock Creek’s building trades program, got college credits at Delta, went to Ferris…which lead to some incredible internship opportunities, which lead to several job opportunities. You don’t have to limit yourself just because you’re a girl! My biggest piece of advice is…try everything.”

Julie Swanson

project coordinator, Wolf Line Construction

“I started out going into healthcare technology at Midland High just to figure out IF I wanted to do healthcare and where exactly in healthcare I wanted to end up. Starting out this way has literally set the course for my entire career. You need to get your kids involved in CTE. It will help guide them in what they want to do in life.”

Amy Raetz-Benner, RN, BSN, CNP

cardiology nurse practitioner, MyMichigan Medical Center