Member Kudos: Meet Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

DashBoard, Feb. 11, 2015

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Career Center
Photo Courtesy of the MAISD website.

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District is one of four districts to receive the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Practice Award from the Michigan Department of Education, recognizing exemplary practices in preparing Michigan's students for careers and higher education.

The awards recognize successful, exemplary state-approved Career and Technical Education programs and career initiatives. These are programs that demonstrate outstanding outcomes, produce measurable results for students and meet the challenge of high academic rigor. MAISD was recognized in the Career and College Readiness Initiatives category.

The partnership between Muskegon Community College and the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center is an innovative example of secondary, postsecondary and industry/entrepreneurship education collaboration.

Seventy-seven CTE students in the Business Careers, Health Science Academy, Environmental and Veterinary Science, and Internet, Network, and Security Technologies programs were given 21st century career options by providing entrepreneurship opportunities in their industry of choice. Thirty-nine CTE students also received Direct College Credit for BUS 131 Entrepreneurship with Muskegon Community College.

CTE students met once a week with an MCC instructor, assisted by the Business Careers and Health Science Academy instructors, at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center to learn valuable problem-solving, financing, marketing, production and, most importantly, soft skills.

At the completion of the year-long college course, CTE students showcased over 20 businesses at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center Trade Show, which was attended by staff, students, advisory board and community members, as well as local entrepreneurs from Muskegon County. Additionally, nine student-owned businesses competed at the Generation E Showcase in Battle Creek, where several student businesses received recognition from local entrepreneurial judges, as well as cash scholarships. In October 2014, the MCC/MACTC partnership was highlighted at the National Association for Community Colleges Entrepreneurship in Phoenix, Ariz.

Congratulations to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Career Center for receiving this award.

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