Expansion: CCISD continues with plans to increase CTE offerings

Katrice Perkins/ Daily Mining Gazette The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board listens as Superintendent George Stockero and CTE Director Shawn Kolbus present an update on the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes on Jan 16.

The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes are expanding.

Superintendent George Stockero and CTE Director Shawn Kolbus presented a CTE update at the board meeting Tuesday evening.

“We want to make sure everybody knows we’re doing what we said we would do,” said Kolbus.

They currently have 198 students enrolled in the CTE classes, which are free of charge.

They’ve met with Michigan Technological University, Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College for plans to place CTE classes on the campuses.

They expect to have one CTE class at each institution next fall.

They are also partnering with local companies to make renovations for the CTE building in Hancock appropriate for the new construction and welding/manufacturing classes.

Stockero and Kolbus informed the board that they’ve had 18 managers and owners of local companies attend the advisory meetings, where they gave their input on what they would like to see in the future labs and classrooms.

“I want the local employers to decide what skills they want these kids to come out of our classes with,” said Kolbus.

He also mentioned plans to get a Keweenaw Manufacturing Certification for the students who will take these new classes.

“I want the students to know that they have the meaningful skills that’ll help them get employed,” said Kolbus.

Kolbus and Stockero expect the renovation to begin in March and it has to be done by the start of the new school year, Aug. 15.

The bids for construction will be due on Feb. 14, with a pre-bid walkthrough on Feb. 1.

“My hope is that we come to you in February with a recommendation for the contractor,” said Kolbus.