Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center
2891 - 116th Avenue
Allegan, MI 49010

  • Aaron Alvarez  
    Building Trades Student Receives Scholarship from MCTA
    Building Trades Student Aaron Alvarez was awarded a $500.00 scholarship through the Michigan Construction Teachers Association. This money can be used towards the purchasing of construction tools and/or transportation.
    The Michigan Construction Teachers Association awards three scholarships a year to Building Trades students throughout Michigan. These three scholarships are award in the categories of: Student Entering the Trades, Student Continuing Education and Student High Achiever.
    Aaron was the 1st place finisher in Student Entering the Trades category. Aaron is another example of the excellent students completing programs at the Allegan Technical and Education Center.
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  • Machining & CNC Advisory Day
    The Machining & CNC class recently held their annual Advisory Day with 16 individuals representing 11 companies from local business and industry. 
    Machining Advisory Day  Machining Advisory Day
    The students had their projects and portfolios out so that members of the advisory committee could sit down with each individual student. Students were rated on achievement, initiative, quality of projects, and their attendance.  The day provided valuable experience for all the students to have informal mock interviews with 16 different interviewers. Business & industry members were excited to try and fill the employment needs and give valuable feedback on the direction of the Machining & CNC program.
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  • Machining & CNC MITES State Competition Student Winners
    Machining & CNC Tech Students make an impressive showing at the MITES State Competition.  Thirteen students entered 19 projects that placed in the state competition held May 3rd in Saginaw.  Students competed with projects from other schools representing 19 regions in Michigan & Indiana.  Student winners are: 1st, 4th, 6th, 8th  Andrew Ketchum, 1st  Alex Apol, 5th Cody Kornstadt, 6th Christian Lobretto, 6th, 7th Brady Moran, 7th Michael Rutherford, 3rd, 4th  Corey Tripp, 3rd Tyler Veenkant, 3rd Trenton Bouma, 3rd, 7th Joel Finch, 4th Wyatt Frank, and Honorable Mention, Mitchell Clark & Brandon Ebenstein.
     Machining MITES State Competition PM Winners  
    Machining MITES State Competition AM Winners
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  •  Health Program Alumni, Laura VanderMeer, Working Blood Drive at ACATEC
    Health Care Science Foundations and Health Occupations Academy alumni, working at ACATEC blood drive
    Laura VanderMeer completed two years in ACATEC Health Programs, graduating in 2013.  She is currently employed at MI Blood as a phlebotomist.  It was great to see Laura in her professional role with MI Blood. Congratulations Laura!
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  • Building Trades Students Take 1st Place at MITES State Team Build Competition
    ACATEC Building Trades Students Bryce Janssen, Trevor Glupker and Adam Vlietstra competed in the MITES State Team Build Construction competition in Saginaw on May 2, 2014 and took 1st place. The competition consisted of the three students building a shed to a set of plans they were given. Bryce, Trevor and Adam did an excellent job representing the Tech Center with their hard work, dedication and team work. They are a great example of the type of students enrolled in the Tech Center programs.
      MITES Competition 1 MITES Competition 2 MITES Competition 3
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  • Vet Tech Competition at Michigan State University
    On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, two teams of Vet Tech Science students competed in the Vet Science Career Development Event at Michigan State University.
    Vet Tech Team A  Vet Tech Team B
         AM students (Team A) placed 2nd out of 116 teams.                    PM students (Team B) placed 13th out of 116 teams.
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  • CADD Students Compete at the 6th Annual Michigan
    Design and Build Bridge Challenge
    CADD Student Competition
    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and American Association of Safety and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) sponsors a Balsa wood Bridge Building Competition annually. The cost of the competition is underwritten by the Bentley Corporation.  The program is designed to encourage students increase their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and prepare them for possible future careers as engineers and transportation specialists.  Students write a proposal which is very intensive and submit it to MDOT for review.  In March the teams with the best entries are notified and invited to attend competition at the Lansing Center, in April.  At the competition the students provide a PowerPoint presentation to Executive-Level Engineers from the State of Michigan.  Then the student’s structure is inspected, measured, tested and its bridge efficiency is calculated. Twelve ACATEC Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) students’ teams submitted proposals.  Of the twelve teams, four teams were invited to Lansing to compete.
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  • FCCLA State Winners Take Home Nine Gold Medals
    Nine Teacher Education students worked hard this past year on planning, preparing, and presenting a lesson plan in an Early Childhood classroom.  Students then took their lesson plan, student samples, and picture documentation to our Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Competition in Midland, MI.  Students presented their materials to a panel of three judges.  All nine students impressed the judges with their knowledge, experience, and personally created lesson plans.  The Teacher Education class is proud that we have nine gold medalist in our 2013-2014 program!
    FCCLA State Winners, Teacher Education - AM  FCCLA State Winners, Teacher Education - PM
      Left to right are Tyler Dykstra, Emily Schipper,             Left to right are Kayla Zander, Sydney Engesser,
      Jena Schram and Miah Grassmid                               Eric Henley, Toni Milan and Kaitlin Hendricks
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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.

    Core Performance Indicator Information

    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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