• Allegan Area ESA Tech Center

    2891 - 116th Avenue
    Allegan, MI 49010
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  • Vet Tech students weighing a rabbit

    Veterinary Tech Students - It's Competition Time!

    This spring, Vet Tech students are busy using their skills. Seven students participated in the State FFA Convention in March and were recognized as the 1st Place Chapter for their community service project for the Ronald McDonald House. In April, eight students went to the Vet Science Career Development Event as part of the FFA Spring Skills Competition. Last, 24 students participated in the Meat Rabbit contest using rabbits they have been raising as part of the program this year. One team, with three rabbits who were brothers, received one mark away from a perfect score!


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  • Two Culinary Art Students preparing crab rangoons

    The Culinary "Wish List"

    The Culinary Arts program has been busy working on their "culinary wish list".  At the beginning of the school year, students were asked what was one food that they always wanted to try? These items were compiled into one list and the students have been preparing and sampling everyone's wish item throughout the school year. They have sampled a variety of goodies including orange chicken, Cordon Bleu, ratatouille, crème brulee, knish, creampuffs, and crabcakes. Recently they made tamales and crab rangoons.





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    The students once again helped the Educational Foundation for Allegan Public Schools design their C.O.D.E. (Community On Deck for Education) Orange t-shirts. Proceeds from shirt sales help fund various projects for the foundation. Students created designs and then had to present them to the committee which gave them experience presenting, promoting and marketing their ideas. These skills are necessary for future employment and resume building.

    Students and staff reviewing contest logos











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  • Building Trades 1 Students Build Their Popular Sheds!

    Building Trades student siding a shed




    The Building Trades 1 program has been swinging hammers and running saws to build five sheds this year. The students learned to frame floors and walls, build rafters, and install windows, fascia, soffit, siding, and shingles. During this project, we also learned how to bend aluminum to make our own facia and drip-edge that normally is just purchased at the lumber yard. These students are being taught new skills that will take them into high-demanding careers.


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  • Icons of Criminal Justice Classroom Badges

    Criminal Justice Creates Mock Trials

    During the second trimester, our Criminal Justice program studied the Court/Corrections segment of Criminal Justice and the process of the legal system after an arrest has been made. Students participated in several mock trials in the classroom; taking the roles of defense attorney, prosecutor, judge, and members of the jury. The class also had the opportunity to collaborate with the students from Graphic Art & Design who helped create the logos for our program teams, pictured here.


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  • Engineering, Electronics, & Robotics Continue to Create Amazing Things!

    Engineering students building wood bridges

    During this busy time of the school year, the students have been working on researching, designing, writing proposals, and building a suspension bridge out of balsa wood, glue, and string. First-year students are also learning about electronics, electricity, and digital sound. Second-year students, depending on their specialty area, continue working on FANUC robot programming, building a Tesla Coil, CSWP Exam Preparation, and creating digital landscapes and roads. 


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    5 Health Science Students

    Health Science Students Compete at the State Conference

    Students who placed in the top 10 at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Regional Leadership Conference competed at the State Conference in Traverse City this past February. Over 3,000 students competed in various healthcare-related events for a chance to attend the International Leadership Conference in June. Pictured here are Ally Brown, Maija Crosby, Grace Gritter, Jada Nelson, and Sara Pitts.




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  • Photo group of Mr. Rich Currie and Mr. Gerald Funk

    Welding Program Staff Changes

    We had to say goodbye to Mr. Rich Currie, who has been our welding instructor for 33 years, since the building opened. Over the years, Mr. Currie helped to inspire and train countless future welders. The staff and students thank him and wish him all the best in his retirement. May it be full of travel and extended quality time spent on his motorcycle, camping, and with his family.

    The program is now in new hands as we welcome Mr. Gerald 'Jerry' Funk. Mr. Funk has over 25 years of experience in the industry and extensive experience training welders for apprenticeships. He is also a football coach with Hopkin's schools. Help us to welcome, Mr. Funk as he continues working to inspire and train future welders.








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  • AIS students fixing a forklift

    Heavy Equipment Students are Transitioning into the Workforce

    One of the common goals for all programs here at the Tech Center is to prepare our students for the workforce. This year, the AIS Heavy Equipment program has transitioned a record number of students (8) out of the classroom and into a Work-Based Learning experience. We thank the employers who have provided these placements including: AIS, Harold Zeigler Auto Group, Rabbit River Transportation, Black Gold, Padnos, and Greenmark.


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  • Allegan Worksites Welcome Employability Students

    Student stocking shelves at grocery store

    The Employability Skills program is having a great year! All students have been assigned to specific worksites in Allegan, including Village Market and Goodwill, where they attend three days a week and learn job-related skills. The focus is particularly on the soft skills required to get and keep any job. The class is also partnering with Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Disability Network to further the student's knowledge of how to obtain a job.


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    Photo of a flexible phone case

    The 3D Printers in Small Business Operations Get Upgraded

    Small Business Operations has upgraded our classroom 3D printers. Direct drive extruders along with upgraded hot ends that can handle higher temperatures will now allow students to design and 3D print projects out of new material that was not possible before. Examples include everything from nylon gears to flexible phone cases. This new technology will give students the opportunity to continue to create more complex, interesting, and functional projects.


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  • ACATEC Machining/CNC Motto "Art to Part"

    Students in Machining and CNC have been working hard in the classroom on learning MasterCam software to draw parts and then machining them in the CNC mills. As our class motto says, "Art to Part." The students have also been in the shop operating the manual mills and lathes to complete projects. Some of these projects will be presented at regional and state competitions later in the year.

    Machining/CNC students work on MasterCam software


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    Health Students are practicing EKG skills on manequin

    Health Occupations Academy Has New EKG Machine

    With the addition of a new Electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, our students are now able to practise new, valuable skills! Students are learning lead placement for performing 12-Lead EKGs and placement for cardiac monitoring. Students are also learning to identify cardiac rhythms and understand what can cause a change in these rhythms. 

    These second-year students are working hard on all their new skills; everything is preparing them for their certification exam to become Certified Patient Care Technicians upon graduation. 


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  • Photo of EMS students addressing a student in 'shock'

    EMS Students Practice Their Trauma Skills

    Students in EMS are currently working on their trauma skills. In the photo, students are assessing a 'patient' who is in shock. Using their knowledge, the students assessed which type of shock and how to treat the patient appropriately. Students continue to learn more about Emergence Medical Services while participating in riding with a local EMS crew. Also, for their community service project, the program is collecting peanut butter for the county food pantries with a school goal of 800 jars.


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  • Teacher Education Students Explore Future Careers

    Picture of a student's Career Exploration Project


    Teacher Education students have been busy exploring various careers that involve working with children. Students had to consider education requirements, salary, future job outlook, and job availability. Once this task was completed, students then used the Zillow website to find affordable housing based off of the average salary for their career. The projects will be displayed during a gallery walk for all students to view.


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  • Computer Information Systems Students Keep Achieving Education GoalsCIS student working on PC build

    Students in our CIS class are pushing ever forward to achievement of goals. For the second trimester, the second-year, Cyber Security students were able to earn ten new industry certifications as a class. First and second-year students are planning and engaging in job shadows and college visits to prepare for life after high school. Students have also been working on their class Personal Computer (PC)-build project along with customer PC-builds for fellow ACATEC students.


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  • Picture of second year auto students and their certificatesStudents Earn Their Entry Level Automotive-Maintenance and Light Repair Certification

    Currently, our students are in the middle of the second trimester and second year Automotive Technician students participated in the program's state assessment to earn the Entry Level Automotive-Maintenance and Light Repair Certification. This test was created by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and earning the industry-recognized credential definitely adds to their resume and increases their ability to be hired into the industry. The great news is that 15 out of 17 students passed the test on their first try. Students have two chances to take the test throughout the year.

    Also, please do not forget....the Auto Program is still working on cars. Call 269-512-7800 to make an appointment. 


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  • Business Students are Shark Tank Competitors at Davenport University

    Four business students stand in front of photo "Davenport University Shark Week"



    Students from the business programs, after multiple in-class competitions, traveled to Davenport's Shark Week. Groups were given an hour to create a product using the topic "Snow Business, To Make Your Holiday Easier." A  'pitch' was then given to Davenport staff that included the product, name, cost, value, and how it actually made your holiday easier. Although ACATEC did not come home with the trophy, the competition, touring the campus, and networking with other students was a valuable experience.


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  • Two Criminal Justice students performing arrest procedures Police, Courts and Corrections - Our Criminal Justice System

     Our students have been diving deep into our criminal justice system: how the police, courts, and corrections must functional as one. They have learned in-depth of the functions of cirminal and civil court and have participated in several classroom mock trials.

    Students have also engaged in mock traffic stops and learned the basics of handcuffing, dispatching, radio communications, and practiced arrest procedures.


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  • The Outside of  the ACATEC House is Completed!

    Updated Picture of the ACATEC house with roof and siding

    The Building Trades 2 program students were busy this school year siding the house before winter started. With the siding complete, the students have moved inside to finish the interior. They have had the opportunity to learn from heating and cooling contractors to rough in the HVAC and with plumbing and electrical contractors. These experiences of working with sub-contractors has given the students exposure to the wide range of careers involved in the construction industry. Currently, the main project being completed is hanging the drywall for the ceiling and walls.


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  • Photo of the new Welding para-educator, Brea Zuydwegt

      New Addition to the Welding Technology Program

    ACATEC would like to introduce a new addition to the Welding Technology Program. Jack Caperton retired after many years of faithful service. Miss Brea Zuydwegt is now the new welding para-educator. Brea completed two years at ACATEC in this very same Welding Program! She is close to finishing her Associates Degree from KVCC and has been employed as a professional welder for the last several years. She is a great addition to the program and we are happy to have her back.


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  • Community Service Project for ACATEC Health Students

    Health Student holding jug full of pop can tabs

    The Health Care Science Foundations students are participating in a community service project to help the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of West Michigan. Students are collecting pop tabs that RMH will take to be recycled. The money from the tabs directly benefits the RMH in Grand Rapids by providing free lodging, food, and services for families that have loved ones in extended hospital stays. In two months, the students have collected 20 pounts of tabs! The end goal is 50 pounds and we are collecting into April 2022.


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  • Veterinary Science Students Learn How to Prep for Surgeries

    How do you prepare surgical tools for surgery? Surgical drapes, towels, and the necessary tools must be steam sterilized in preparation for any surgery. This is the latest practicum that our students in the Veterinary Technical Science program have been practicing. This experience allows them to master how to perform the procedures that they may need going forward as a work-based learning student next year, as they prepare for college, or even for their future dream job. Exciting futures is what ACATEC is all about.

    Picture of a student sterilizing equipment


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  • New Night Stand Project for Building Trades 1

    Photo of finished nightstand

    The students in Building Trades 1 are not only tackling their annual project of building storage sheds, they also are independently building their own night stand. We were lucky to have Wolverine Hardwoods donate some nice hardwoods that the students are using for the projects. This project has taught the students how to make a drawer using Kreg drill jigs. The students are learning that they do have the skills to make great things.


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  • Picture of HOA students

    Health Occupations Academy Students Prepare for Work Placements

    The Health Occupations Academy (HOA) program is our second-year program for our Health Science Foundation students. So far this year, HOA students have covered personal safety, infection prevention, and aseptic techniques. They continue to expand their medical terminology knowledge and use and through the Patient Care Technical certification process are "dressing for success" in preparation for placement in the health care setting in trimester three. All students are proficient with completing patient intake; including taking vital signs and measuring height and weight.


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  • Heavy Equipment Students Are Forklift Certified

    Heavy Equipment AM Class PhotoHeavy Equipment PM Class Picture

    In the ACATEC Heavy Equipment program, the instructors work with the students in a group setting but are also able to provide one on one attention. The instructors encourage positive communication, hands-on learning, and opportunities to showcase their individual skills. Each year in the fall, the students have the opportunity to obtain the Warehouse Forklift Certification. To accomplish this, the students are given the chance to operate a forklift and get hands-on training. They then participate in lectures and video instruction. Then, after a written test score of 100%, they obtain the certification. This year a total of 24 students became certified, a number that is twice as many as last year.


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  • the new AAESA Department logo created by the Graphic Art and Design StudentsNew Logo Design Created for AAESA Department

     The Graphic Art & Design program recently designed a new logo for the AAESA Early Childhood, Instructional Services, and Specialized Instruction departments. The departments had been stand-alone and now that they combined their efforts, a new logo was necessary to encompass the merger. 2nd-year, work-based learning students worked with their instructor and the AAESA to finalize the design. Four students participated and there were many different versions from which to make the final choice.

    The winning design, shown here, was created by Lexi Carpenter, a Plainwell student.


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  • Engineering, Electronics, and Robotics

    The Engineering, Electronics, and Robotics program has jumped right into several projects. First year students have been learning 2D and 3D design software (AutoCAD and Solidworks). Second year students are working on a variety of projects including a Tesla Coil (Electrical Engineering), FANUC Robotic Arm programming, a weather balloon (Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering), CSWA preparation (Mechanical Engineering), and GIS design (Civil Engineering). All students are also involved in building launchers for the annual Pumpkin Chunkin contest. Photo of engineering students building wood projects



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  • Picture of a student's lesson plan activity to teach math Teacher Education Students Create Developmentally Appropriate Activities for Preschool

     Students in our Teacher Education program have been focusing on creating developmentally appropriate activities that they then teach in our on-site Head Start preschool classroom. The student must plan, prepare, and implement the activities to the three and four year olds. Important skills learned include classroom management, adjusting lesson plans to meet the needs of every child, and accepting feedback from supervising lead teachers.


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  • MCTI Guest Speakers Visit Small Business Operations

    Road Sign reading Michigan Career & Technical Institute

    The annual field trip that Small Business Operations students usually take will be replaced this year with a series of guest speakers and a virtual tour due to Covid restrictions. Program instructors and Michigan Rehabilitation Services counselors from the Michigan Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) will be in class to meet and speak with students. MCTI offers post-secondary career training and job placements in several areas and has been a post-secondary destination for many past students of our Small Business Operations program.

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  • Culinary Students Have Been Keeping Busy!

    Culinary Arts students are off to a busy start this school year! In addition to everyone earning their ServSafe Food Handler's certification; they baked 125 pies for the 4-H Booth at the Allegan County Fair. Currently they have been working on their knife skills and learning about herbs and spices. On a recent Friday, students prepared several dishes using a variety of herbs and spices, including the Greek gyro nachos with a cucumber-dill tzatziki sauce pictured here.

    Three culinary students showing their food creation of Greek gyro nachos



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  • Employability Skills Program Transitions from Classroom to the Community

    The Employability Skills program is tackling this year as our most exciting year yet! This first month of school we have been focusing on filling out applications and forms – who would have known that there are so many things to know about filling out legal documents? As October rolls in we are slowly transitioning out of the classroom and into the community, where students will work in various businesses to gain on-the-job training. The focus will be on developing the “soft skills” required to get and keep a job.


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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 Rich Okoniewski, CTE Director, at 269-512-7800 or rich.okoniewski@alleganaesa.org

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