Career & Technical Education (CTE)
November 2022 - Newsletter for Ionia County CTE programs.
Fall Advisory Dinner & Meeting
On November 3rd the Ionia County Career Center hosted our Fall Advisory Dinner & Meeting. Staff worked with their Advisory Committees to provide students with high-quality CTE programs. We had one of the best turnouts yet and a wonderful dinner prepared by our Culinary Arts crew!
FFA National Convention
Plant & Animal Science students attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on October 26th-28th. FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow and are making a difference by sharing their stories of agricultural education and FFA. Together, FFA members will continue the tradition of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture.
Ionia County College Fair
On Thursday, October 20, 2022, the Ionia County Career Center and co-hosts: Ionia High School, Montcalm Community College, and Montcalm Ionia College Access Network (MICAN) presented the Ionia County College Fair. This event provided students the opportunity to learn more about college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, housing, and degree programs at forty colleges, universities, and branches of the military.
The Ionia County Career Center provides services to Ionia County students with the opportunity for career and technical education (CTE) programs. The main thrust of CTE is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. With this goal in mind, the Ionia County College Fair is a way to connect students with possibilities for pathways to success after high school. The College Fair is a wonderful opportunity to assist local districts in preparing their students for the next big step after graduation. The Ionia County Career Center is another educational service provided by our parent district, Ionia County Intermediate School District.
The Ionia County College Fair was well attended by all Ionia County districts: Belding High School, Ionia High School, Lakewood High School, Portland High School, Portland St. Patrick High School, and Saranac Jr./Sr. High School.
Alumni Spotlight - Miriam Cook
Currently, I am in my senior year at Purdue University studying agriculture economics, with minors in animal science, farm management, and public policy. I have been traveling all over the world following cows, through many internships and shows. I studied abroad in the Netherlands for 6 months, doing a global development internship focused on tropical dairy genetics with URUS where I went to Peru. Along with judging and working at all major dairy shows in North America from World Dairy Expo to the Royal." - Miriam Cook
All about Mr. Griffith
Mr. Jason Griffith is our Plant & Animal Science instructor. He has been with the Ionia County Career Center for 28 years. Jason is married to Kara Griffith and they have three children, Kyle, Tess, and Amelia. Jason enjoys watching his kids play sports on the weekends, taking his family on vacation to amusement parks, hunting, and fishing. Jason is extremely involved in Ionia FFA, the Ionia Free Fair, and Ionia High School football & basketball.
- Best Advice: Don't worry about things you can't control.
- Loves: Candy Crush
- Favorite Tradition: Walking the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day
Quick Facts About CTE
Federal guidelines require each Career & Technical Education (CTE) program to use certain quantitative measures to monitor the quality of CTE programs. These measures are called Core Performance Indicators (CPI), and they consider student academic and technical performance, graduation from high school, placement in post-secondary education, and preparation for the workforce. We met or exceeded all of the state requirements this year.