Designing a World-Class Career Center

  • The KRESA Career Center will be a centralized facility that hosts the majority of the county’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Courses at the Career Center will offer specific skill training and certifications for high school students in high-demand areas based on state and local market analysis and input. Of Michigan’s economically similar labor markets, Kalamazoo County is the only market that does not currently have a career center.

    The Career Center will be a place where realistic work environments, difficult to duplicate in a traditional school setting, will be replicated to provide a real-world work experience. Other programs will be located in smaller satellite specialty locations. Having a centralized location will resolve many of the county’s current logistical barriers to enrollment, such as transportation, and allow for better integration of academic curricula applied, upkeep of necessary equipment, and a more inclusive, work-oriented culture.

Construction Update

  • KRESA Career Center | Conceptual Fly-Through

    Posted by KRESA CTE on 3/4/2022

    After gathering the input of students, educators, industry representatives, and leaders from community-facing organizations, we want to share with you the conceptual architectural design of Kalamazoo County’s new centrally located Career Center. Stay tuned for an announcement of when construction will begin! For updates, follow us online and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

     

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What ages/grades will be attending the Career Center?

  • What high school programs will be housed at the Career Center?

  • How did you decide what courses would be in the Career Center?

  • Where will the Career Center be located?

  • Why was this site chosen?

  • Timetable for construction

  • Didn't Kalamazoo County already pass a millage for a Career Center?

  • Is this design connected to Kalamazoo Valley Community College?

  • Will there be a makerspace, AMP space for budding businesses?

  • Is CTE the same as Education for Employment (EFE)?

  • Will the Career Center impact current programming at Wings Stadium?

  • How can I support this project or get involved?

Career Center Timeline

  • February 2022

  • January 2022

  • October 2021

  • September 2021

  • August 2021

  • June 2021

  • May 2021

  • March 2021

  • February 2021

  • January 2021

  • December 2020

  • November 2020

  • September 2020

  • June 2020

  • May 2020

  • November 2019

  • May 2019