The CTE Operational Millage, passed by voters in 2019, was intended to help fund operating costs, including transportation, equipment and staff, not the complete construction of a new facility. In October 2021, Southwest Michigan First secured an anonymous donation of $100 million and a parcel of land. These incredibly generous gifts will allow for the construction of a world-class Career Center outfitted with the latest industry equipment.
Millage funds have also allowed us to offer new, specific work-based learning opportunities and program initiatives that equip students with real-world, relevant career training and readiness skills. These work-based learning opportunities begin in middle school, continue through high school, and are being woven together with career readiness activities. In some cases, work-based learning can continue beyond high school for those students who transition into the Early/Middle College (EMC) program to earn a skills certificate or associate degree for little to no cost.