• Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center

    2891 - 116th Avenue
    Allegan, MI 49010

    Photo of a Shed in the beginning stages of construction

    The students are off to a great start building sheds after finishing tool safety and some small, independent projects. They are working in teams of five on each shed. The flooring systems went well and the walls went up fast. Currently we are working on the rafter-roof system and will slowly progress into window, siding and door installation. As the year continues, we will also be working on some side projects to take some necessary breaks from the massive project. The ACATEC staff is very excited to have our students back after the COVID pause!!


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  • Safety, Precision, and Accuracy....Key Words For Our Machining and CNC Technology Students 

    Machining Students Working in the Classroom

    The Machining and CNC Technology students have been very busy learning shop safety and becoming familiar with the operation of the lathe, mill and drill press. The students have also been learning how to use precision measuring tools to check the accuracy of their projects. Although we have been unable to go on field trips, the students have been able to see various manufacturing occupations with employers in Southwest Michigan through the use of webinars and virtual tours.





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  • Students Zoom with Chef from Zazio's!

    Our students had a great experience even without an actual field trip. Chef Jeremy from Zazio's restaurant in Kalamazoo was kind enough to join our Culinary Art's students for a Zoom cooking demonstration. He also was kind enough to give us a virtual tour of his restaurant. He shared his recipe during the Zoom and then the students had the opportunity the next day to try their hand at making his lobster ravioli with roasted corn and pepper relish.  It was as delicious as it looks!

    Photo of lobster ravioli made by culinary art students



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  • Health Students pictured in their PPE and gowns

    Health Students Have a Busy First Trimester

    Students in Health Care Science Foundations have had a very busy first trimester completing units on safety, infection control, systems and team work.  Students had the opportunity to participate in Basic Life Support, First Aid and Stop the Bleed training, which teaches them life saving skills. Students continue with medical terminology, they have learned over 11,000 new words! Additionally students are preparing for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) virtual competition in December.


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  • Local Business Gives Graphic Art & Design Students Work Opportunity

    Graphic Art & Design students are gettting the opportunity to earn money and get experience working for a local business. The Sassy Olive has offered two different opportunites to our program. The students pictured here, Olivia Hightower (Hopkins) and Kendra VanKoevering (Wayland), are paid Work-Based Learning Artist Assistants for the downtown Allegan shop. Other students in our program are able to design new fabric patterns and earn $20.00 per. pattern if chosen.

    Students at Sassy Olive, their Work Based Learning Placement











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  • Photo of EMS students in uniform

    EMS Students Address Teamwork, Communication Skills and End 2020 with Trauma Topics

    The Emergency Medical Services students have been working hard on their foundational topics including personal safety, anatomy and physiology, medical legal and ethics, lifting and moving, and airway management. The picture shown is of the students working on their teamwork and communication skills with the game “helium stick.” We are currently working on patient assessment skills before we start learning about cardiac and respiratory illnesses and will finish up the calendar year with trauma patient evaluation and treatment.


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  • Engineering Students Start Year With Pumpkin Chunkin Competition

    Engineering students building a pumpkin launcher.

    The Engineering program launched the new school year with a Pumpkin Chunkin Competition. The students teamed up to work through the Engineering Design Algorithm to research, design, and build pumpkin chunkin launchers. They were almost complete when ACATEC went fully virtual. The students will finish these upon return and launch something appropriate and spectacular! Maybe snowballs?

    The Program was also given a set of Sphero RVRs from MDOT and we are thankful for the donation.


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  • Employability Students Tackle Computer and Character Skills Necessary for Employment

    The Employability Skills program is off and running despite all the obstacles that 2020 has brought us! Diving head on into learning how to access and use various computer systems and platforms, students are becoming proficient with how to utilize many of the computer skills needed to gain employment.  With these skills under our belts, we are tackling character development and character education, along with Transition Skills Inventories to help us prepare for the community-based vocational education we will take advantage of later this year.

    Employability Skills students pose for the camera, ready to tackle the year!


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  • Picture of Candle Lantern Donated to Christian Neighbors

    Welding Technology Students Complete Community Service Project

    The Welding Technology Program in collaboration with the Small Business Program to get their community service project designed and fabricated. The students are building two candle lanterns to donate to the Christian Neighbors, a food pantry located in Plainwell, MI. Christian Neighbors has a dinner auction in May to raise money for the less fortunate in our community. This will be the 9th year the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center has supported the event. 








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    Heavy Equipment/AIS Students Earn Warehouse Forklift Certification


    The AIS Heavy Equipment Shop Gets a Facelift

    Over the summer the AIS Heavy Equipment shop received a much-needed facelift. The tool room was emptied, and we were able to have the walls and ceiling painted. This is just one of the many upgrades we have been able to accomplish over the last two years. This comes after the addition of new textbooks and toolboxes. Going forward we plan to have the main shop area cleaned and painted. We have implemented on a trial basis a program called CDX Learning Systems to provide online learning for our students in the event we have to go 100% virtual.


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  • Puppy Gets Groomed by CaFe Pet Spa Student


    Veterinary Technical Sciences and CaFe Pet Spa Starting Year Off With a Bang!

    Veterinary Technical Sciences and the CaFe Pet Spa have kicked off the new year with a bang. First year students are quickly learning skills and looking forward to more hands-on activities. CaFe Pet Spa is now open for grooming with outdoor drop off and pick up. We would also like to welcome our new paraeducator, Mrs. Ashlee Berens, who is not only a former student but has been operating her own grooming business for almost 10 years. She will bring wonderful opportunies to the students in her new role.


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  • Criminal Justice Students Learn the Basics

    Criminal Justice Class police car visit

    During the first trimester, students learn the basics of the Criminal Justice system and how the police, courts, and correctional systems must function as one. Students learn in-depth applications of the functions of criminal and civil court. They study courtroom proceedings and will be conducting a mock trial in the classroom. Students will also be introduced to dispatching, radio communication, police report writing, and proper application for handcuffing.




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  • Computer Information Systems Students Earn Certifications

    Picture of CIS students with their certifications



    The end of last school year was crazy, but the students in the Computer Information Systms program persevered through it and were able to be successful. From home, students were able to earn 40 certifications from TestOut and Microsoft. Students attended weekly Zoom sessions and created their own student groups to ensure that they did not lose sight of the goals they set at the beginning of the year. ACATEC staff is so proud of these students who overcame so much to still achieve so much!


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  • Picture of broken pot put back together Teacher Education - Stress Activity

     Students listed what stresses them out on clay pots. The pots were placed in plastic bags and students used a hammer to show their frustration when they are stressed.  Students then used masking tape to put the pots together again.  Each piece of tape represented something that helped students de-stress. At the end of the lesson, students learned that they can get stressed out quickly, and the resources available to help them when needed.


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  • Building Trades 1 Students Off to a Strong Start

    Building Trades students working on sawhorse project




    After a tough end of last school year and a modified start for most of the students this year, the new group of Building Trades 1 students has started off strong. All of the students have completed an independent project to learn tool safety in the shop. They are now working on their Saw Horse Projects. We are excited to see our group learn and grow in the Building Trades field.


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  • Flooring System of the Building Trades New Home Construction

    2nd Year Building Trade Building Another New Home

    This year, the Building Trades 2 students started the construction of another new house. This will be a single story 1700 square foot single-family home. The students have been working to install the floor system and will soon pour the concrete slab in the basement. Once installed and the floor system complete, the foundation will be backfilled and the students will then start framing the walls.





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  • Small Business Operations Will Be Using Vectric Aspire 3D Software

    Picture Example of Vectric Aspire Software

     Small Business Operations is adding a new piece of software to the classroom, Vectric Aspire. Aspire is a CNC design software with expanded 3D capabilities that will allow students to create three dimensional files are also useable with our 3D printers with slight modifications. This technology will give students the opportunity and ability to create complex projects in class that can be produced by different processes and with varied materials.

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  • Accounting and Marketing & Management Students Open School Store During Pandemic

    Students from Accounting and Marketing and Management serving customers in school store with COVID distancing rules


    When considering the opening of the school store during the COVID pandemic, the Accounting and Marketing & Management students discussed the economic struggles that businesses endure. How do we serve customers while also being responsible to employee safety at the same time? How do we maintain costs until the pandemic is over? The students realized good solutions are not easy and take time to formulate. In the above photo, customers are required to stay in marked zones to comply with social-distancing.


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  • Auto students are ready to work on carsAutomotive Students Are Ready To Work on Your Vehicles!


    The Automotive Program is off to a strong start this year! All first year students have completed "Shop Safety" and "Equipment Usage" and are now ready to do basic services. Second year students are either working out in the industry at local repair facilities and dealerships or learning about engine repair here at the center. We are currently taking in vehicles for basic repairs such as: Oil Changes, Brakes, Shocks, Struts, Tires and Alignments. Please call 269-512-7842 to request an appointment. 




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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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  • Infographics Show CTE Data Improves Student Performance Career and Technical Education Improves Student Achievement

    Infographics Show CTE Data Improves Student Performance 












































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