Career & Technical Education (CTE)

November 2022 - Newsletter for Ionia County CTE programs.

Ionia County Career Center Updates

It's been a busy month at the Ionia County Career Center! Several programs have visited post-secondary institutions, been on business and industry visits, and had guest speakers in to speak with students.

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

"At the Career Center, I was able to be a member of FFA through Plant & Animal Science, which changed my whole life more than I will ever imagine. I recently received the highest FFA honor, my American Degree. I was able to zip my jacket up for one last time as a youth and attend FFA National Convention with Mr. Griffith and other Ionia FFA members. Being able to travel and meet so many people from different states while attending contests and events helped me build connections and establish my roots. Thanks to the opportunities provided to me by the Ionia County Career Center, I have built the confidence to meet new people around the world and say yes to opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone.


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

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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.

Words of Wisdom from Mr. Paton

Any fool can tear someone down. A wise man or woman builds up those around them so together they can withstand future storms.
Apply to sub for our programs!

Have you ever thought about subbing for the Ionia County Career Center and/or local districts? If so click the link above. Our substitutes are hired through ESS/Willsub.

About Us

The Ionia County Career Center provides students with the opportunity to expand their horizons through enrollment in career and technical education. The center operates nine state-approved programs. Classes are a combination of traditional academics and hands-on, project-based learning. Students are given the knowledge and experience they need to secure their next step towards success e.g. first-time job, college, or apprenticeship.