Warren Consolidated Schools Show Success of Investing in CTE Education

TCA is publishing a series of editorials highlighting the unique programs & challenges at each of our school districts and how Governor Whitmer’s budget recommendations would better fund their students’ needs.

Warren Consolidated Schools recently sold its student-built home for more than $17,000 over listing price, after being on the market for only two days.

The home, located on Locksley Court in the city of Troy, was built by the students in the Building Trades program at the Career Preparation Center.

The majority of the home was constructed by senior Building Trades II students, except for required areas, which were contracted by local skilled trades representatives.

The home boasts 1,723 square feet of living space and includes a spacious kitchen and nook, great room with vaulted ceiling, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a first-floor laundry. The home also includes a 1,600 square foot finished basement with living area, storage, and a full-size bathroom, bedroom, and egress window.

The project was completed in June 2018. Students worked on the home as part of their Building Trades class, which included 15 students, an instructor, and a building trades assistant.

Warren Consolidated Schools is proud to be part of the State’s skilled trades career shortage solution by offering CTE programs such as building trades to our students.

Due to a shortage of skilled trades careers in Michigan and prior to his departure from office, Governor Rick Snyder announced the Marshall Plan for Talent last June, funneling $100 million this year into Michigan’s public high schools to train students for high-demand jobs over the next five years.

The Marshall Plan seeks to fill gaps in the talent pool and prepare students for future job growth by restructuring the education system to favor a new method of learning that encourages certificate-based education. Instead of relying solely on the four-year college model that does not always translate directly to high-paying careers, the Marshall Plan aims to favor more gradual, step-by-step learning that will encourage students to learn throughout their lives.

In addition to Building Trades, WCS offers a full range of skilled trade courses such as Collision Repair, Culinary Arts, Dental Science, Health Science, Metal Technology, Visual Imaging & Printing Technology, Robotics, Radio-Television, Web Design, plus much more.

It is refreshing to see the State of Michigan finally recognizing the need to support CTE programs, the way WCS has been doing for more than 20 years at its Career Preparation Center. In fact, the solution to Michigan’s workforce shortage can be found in public schools; they simply need much more support, which can be found in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal.

Robert D. Livernois, Ph.D.

Robert Livernois, Superintendent