News & Updates

  • Steering Committee Finalizes CTE Course Selection

    Last week, the CTE Steering Committee convened to finalize its recommendation to the KRESA Board of Education of which CTE courses to include in the County's redesigned system. Course recommendations take effect in fall of 2024, which aligns with the planned opening of the CTE Center.

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  • Introducing KRESA's Career Center Principal

    We are excited to announce that Isaac Carter has been tapped to helm the new Career & Technical Education (CTE) Career Center as its principal. Carter, a Chicago Public Schools veteran, will be at the heart of the county's CTE system redesign.

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  • Newly Formed CTE Steering Committee Convenes for First Meeting

    The steering committee will integrate perspectives from education, community and business to help ensure that our county's redesigned CTE program and future CTE Center will provide meaningful, equitable opportunities for young people to see what they can be and develop their skills, all while supporting a thriving, more equitable region.

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  • Student Entrepreneurs Set Up Shop for 'Lemonade Day' Project

    This summer, KRESA is coordinating the “Lemonade Day” program for Kalamazoo Public Schools' Summer Readiness and Galesburg Augusta and Parchment Active Academy. Students will be setting up their own lemonade stands and selling their products to the community. Lemonade Day prepares kids become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow!

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  • Public-Private Partnership Advances CTE System Redesign

    KRESA and Southwest Michigan First’s public-private partnership, formed ahead of the 2019 CTE millage campaign, remains strong as the two agencies are united in the goal of redesigning Kalamazoo County’s CTE system.

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  • Kalamazoo RESA Honors Outstanding Seniors

    The 2021 Kalamazoo RESA Outstanding Senior Awards celebrated 64 Kalamazoo County students from Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts (EFA) and Education for Employment/Career and Technical Education (EFE/CTE) programs, awarding a total of $58,500 in scholarships.

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  • Meet Liz Jones - CTE Career Coach

    Helping people learn about themselves and explore their next steps is a true passion of Liz Jones, KRESA Career & Technical Education (CTE) career coach. In her role, Jones works directly with Portage Public Schools, alongside fellow CTE Career Coach Ngozi Jackson, to implement the Career Awareness & Exploration curriculum, which is aimed at helping K-8 students see what they can be at earlier ages.

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  • MiCareerQuest Southwest Career Discovery Event is Going Virtual!

    Eighth-grade students across southwest Michigan will virtually explore dozens of careers during the sixth annual MiCareerQuest Southwest event on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

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  • Making Good on the Promise of "CTE for ALL"

    KRESA CTE understands it is critical we acknowledge – and learn from – the history of CTE, previously known as vocational education, specifically its impact on the Black community.

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  • World-Class CTE: A Report to the Community

    In 2020, KRESA partnered with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab to conduct several highly credible and interrelated studies to project tomorrow’s high-demand, well-paying jobs and the skills they will require.

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  • Future Ready Open House is Going VIRTUAL!

    Kalamazoo County middle and high school students and their families are invited to discover free educational opportunities available to them at the interactive KRESA Future Ready Virtual Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5-8 p.m.

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  • Meet Lorri Batsie - CTE Career Coach

    When it comes to preparing students for meaningful careers and a successful future, CTE Career Coach Lorri Batsie often refers back to her favorite quote by Eric Sheninger, “Don’t prepare kids for something, prepare them for anything!”

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  • Leveraging Relationships: The Key to Strengthening the Workforce of Tomorrow

    Throughout the cradle to career pipeline, the business and educational communities must work hand-in-hand to prepare the next generation for success in the workforce. To promote this synergy, KRESA has hired Sarah Mansberger.

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  • Meet Ngozi Jackson - CTE Career Coach

    Ngozi Jackson, one of the six new Career Coaches hired by Kalamazoo RESA Career & Technical Education, has a resume full of experiences to draw upon as she helps students chart their futures.

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  • Meet Joan Hawxhurst - CTE Career Coach

    When it comes to changing career trajectories, Joan Hawxhurst, Kalamazoo RESA CTE's new career coach, has some experience. When she began her post-secondary path, she envisioned herself as an architect with dreams of exploring the world.

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  • From Freshman to Flourishing

    19-year-old Lily Hall is already a professional graphic designer, after completing Early/Middle College.

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  • Meet the New Assistant Superintendent of Career and Talent Development

    Eric Stewart has a passion for service and helping individuals reach their full potential.

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  • Congratulations, Early/Middle College Class of 2020!

    After successfully completing the Kalamazoo County Early/Middle College program this May, 81 remarkable students are preparing to either head back to college, or joining the workforce directly.

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  • Kalamazoo RESA Honors Outstanding Seniors

    The 2020 Kalamazoo RESA Outstanding Senior Awards celebrated 76 Kalamazoo County students from Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts and Education for Employment/Career and Technical Education programs, awarding a total of $67,000 in scholarships.

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  • Thank you, Karen Robyn!

    After a robust and meaningful career, Kalamazoo RESA Education for Employment/Career & Technical Education Program Administrator Karen Robyn will retire in June.

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