Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center
2891 - 116th Avenue
Allegan, MI 49010
  • Middle-Schoolers Have Fun With Technology

    The Allegan Tech Center’s Middle School Tech Camp was a great success again this year. We had 200 middle schoolers in attendance participating in hands-on activities and learning about different high demand career fields. The students had an opportunity to program robots, operate heavy equipment, build engines, make cheese, become CPR certified and much more. The week long camp is in its 3rd year and has grown each year in programs and attendance.

    It was a great chance for the students and their families to learn about different career paths and about all the great educational training opportunities available to our community right here at the Allegan Tech Center.
    Tech Camp - Car Care  Tech Camp - Light Up Your World Tech Camp - Mind Over Metal Tech Camp - Heirloom Agriculture Tech Camp - Scene of the Crime

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  • Health Occupations Students of America,

    National Competition, Anaheim, CA

     HOSA National Competition, Anaheim, CA

    Three ACATEC Health students, Rachel Niemchick from Wayland High School, Saul Altman from Martin High School, and Alexis Ellinger from Otsego High School competed at the Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in June.
    The students had a wonderful time exploring the city, meeting new friends, and learning valuable leadership skills. Although the competition was tough, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Saul and Alexis finished in the top ten for the nation. Congratulations to all three students!

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  • HOSA National Leadership Conference


    HOSA National Leadership Conference, Anaheim, CA
    Michigan Health Occupations Students of America’s (HOSA) state leadership conference was held in April 2015 at the Grand Traverse Resort hosting a record 2,200 register participants from around the state.  Representing ACATEC were 30 Health Care Science Foundations and Health Occupations Academy students competing in a variety of health related events during the two day conference.  Students placing in the top three at the state conference are then eligible to attend the National HOSA Leadership conference being held this year in Anaheim California.  ACATEC will be represented in Anaheim by the Michigan HOSA state gold medalist Community Emergency Response Team of Saul Altman and Alexis Ellinger.  In addition ACATEC will be represented in the Extemporaneous Health Poster competitive event by Rachel Niemchick.  Students will be competing in Anaheim at the end of June.    

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  •  New Partnership to Offer Free College to Allegan County Students Allegan Area Superintendents
     Allegan Area Superintendents listen to the Early College/Allegan County announcement at the Tech Center.
    Allegan County students will have an opportunity never seen in this area with a new partnership and program announced today with Lake Michigan College and the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency. Through Early College/Allegan County (ECAC), students will have an opportunity to graduate high school with an Associate’s Degree, at no cost to them or their parents. This program is for students in the AAESA school districts and is scheduled to begin this fall with approximately 50 students, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership that will expand our population of students that can make college education a reality,” says Mark Dobias, AAESA Superintendent, “A free college degree was not something available to our students until now.”

    “Lake Michigan College currently provides early college services in 52 area school districts,” stated LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison, “We’ve had a lot of success so far and we’re expanding and improving the program each year. We’re excited to extend this exceptional opportunity to students and families in Allegan County.”

    ECAC extends high school by one year allowing students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree, or LMC credits that can be transferred to a 4 year university, at no cost to the student.

    Here are some key details of this opportunity:

    • All ECAC students will attend college classes at the Tech Center in Allegan.
    • Students can choose between an Associate’s of Arts degree and an Associate’s of Applied Sciences in Business degree.
    • ECAC is a 3-year plan where students take a mix of high school courses and college courses each year of 11th, 12th and 13th year. (see further details in brochure)
    • Students will not pay for classes, books or transportation to the Tech Center for college courses.
    • ECAC students can participate in high school sports and extra-curricular activities during 11th and 12th grade as course schedules permit; and can participate in college intramural sports teams and clubs during the 13th year as course schedules permit.
    • Students will receive guidance from an administrator or advisor for individual needs throughout the three years

    ECAC is geared to the population of students with college potential, but might face obstacles in college becoming a reality. These are motivated students on track for graduation. ECAC students must apply; selection is based on GPA and test scores and recommendations. Each student and his/her family will also be interviewed by the ECAC Advisory Team. Students must apply during their 10th grade year. Each year, 50 students from across the Allegan Area ESA will be accepted into the program. Those 50 slots will be split among the AAESA’s seven districts – Allegan, Fennville, Hopkins, Martin, Otsego, Plainwell and Wayland.

    Districts will receive per pupil funding from the state for these students all three years. These funds will pay for the student’s courses and materials. Districts are holding parent and student meetings to further explain this new program in the coming weeks and to get the application process started. Students can obtain more information at their high school guidance offices.

    For more information, go online to the ECAC link:
    For more information about LMC Early College Services, visit
     ECAC graphic

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  • Core Performance Indicators

    Federal Carl D. Perkins legislation requires all Career and Technical Education programs monitor student and program performance.  Each Career and Technical Education program has core performance measures in each of the following areas: 

    • Academic Achievement
    • Technical Achievement
    • High School Completion
    • Placement
    • Non-Traditional Enrollment
    • Non-Traditional Completion. 

    View the Core performance indicator information below available for the CTE programs in Allegan County.

    If you have any questions or need assistance locating appropriate Core Performance data, contact Linda Blankenship, CTE Director at 269-673-3121 or

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