• Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center

    2891 - 116th Avenue
    Allegan, MI 49010
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  • Reading Blueprints and Making Parts

    The Machining/CNC students have been busy since school started exploring careers, learning shop safety, machine operation, and learning to use measuring tools. They are excited to be moving into the shop where they are reading blueprints and making parts that they then inspect for accuracy. Later in the year they will learn CAD/CAM software which is always something the students look forward to for advancing their skills and career choices.

    Machining/CNC student working on lathe


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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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  • Computer Information System Students Start the Year Off Strong!

    Computer Information student learning the internal parts of a computer.

    This year the students are busy learning about computer hardware, networking, software, printers, security and the all-important troubleshooting of these topics. We have two, second-year students that are working outside of the classroom at Work-Based learning placements: one is placed here at ACATEC with our IT Help Desk and one with Wayland Public School's Help Desk. This experience helps them to gain valuable real world, work experience as they assist to solve a variety of help desk tickets.


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  • Child Development Associate logo

    Second-Year Teacher Education Students Working on National Certification!

    Second-year Teacher Education students in Head Start placements are working on achieving their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. This national certification entails 120 hours of online instruction, 480 classroom work experience hours, and creating a professional portfolio. These students will have their certification by the end of the year which will help them have a jump start on their career; meeting future job requirements right out of high school.


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    Stock photo of a 3D printer


    Small Business Operations Upgrades to an Extended Format 3D Printer!

    The Small Business Operations program is adding a new piece of equipment to the classroom, an extended format 3-D printer. The print capability of the current 3D printer is a little over 8" X 8". The new upgraded printer is capable of printing 3D objects as large as 16" X 16". This new technology will enable students to create more intricate designs for larger projects.


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  • Employability Students Work Hard and Create Partnerships 

    Resume Writing 101 clipart

    The Employability Skills program is having a great year despite the change that this year has brought us! Our program started the year focusing on computer skills, character development, and the art of filling out job applications. We are now working on writing resumes and how to conduct a successful interview. To master these important employability skills, our program has partnered with Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Disability Network to increase our knowledge on these topics!


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  • Two computer students finishing building a computerCIS Builds Four Computers in a Custom Case!!

     The Computer Information Systems (CIS) class collaborated with the Engineering, Building Trades, and Machining classes to build four custom computers in one custom case for the Cyber Security class. Engineering students designed the plans for the case, Building Trades students used the plans to build the case, and Machining students used a lathe to shape handles to finish the case. The CIS class researched the necessary components needed and assembled everything to create the fully functioning computers.


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  • Health Students

    Expanding Knowledge with Medical Ethics

    Health Care Science Foundation students have been busy expanding their knowledge of the legal and ethical elements of health care and have gained further understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). They also had the opportunity to complete a Zoom meeting with professionals from Gift of Life Michigan and learn about organ donation. Their community service focus has been creating cards of encouragement for residents at Allegan County Medical Care Community.


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    Irish food from Culinary Program

    Culinary Students Prepare Tradition Irish Dishes

    ACATEC Culinary Arts students celebrated St. Patrick's Day with style! Students prepared some traditional Irish dishes that they then were then encouraged to sample. They made boxty (Irish potato pancakes), colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale and cabbage), Irish cream cheesecake, and of course, Irish stew.

    Everything was delicious and enjoyed by all!  




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  • Picture of Criminal Justice Badge created by the Graphic Art and Design Students Graphic Art & Design Collaborate and Create Criminal Justice Badges

     Graphic Art & Design (GA&D) students recently collaborated with the Criminal Justice (CJ) program to design CJ Team badges. Each CJ Team sent a designated spokesperson to meet with a GA&D team to communicate design ideas and desired color pallet. Then, various designs were created to share with the CJ teams. Revisions were discussed between the collaborating teams and final badges were chosen. We are proud to show off one of the final badges.


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  • Business Students Gear Up for Certifications!

    Picture of business student at computer



    Business students will be gearing up for their MicroSoft Office Specialist certifications through Certiport. ACATEC is registered as an official testing site for Certiport, allowing students to sit for the tests during their regular school day. Accounting students will take the MS EXCEL and QuickBooks certifications. Marketing & Management students will take MS WORD and EXCEL certifications. Students who gain certifications improve their opportunities for higher paying jobs.


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  • EMS Students Practice Their Trauma Skills

    Students in EMS are learning about everything TRAUMA right now! In this picture, students were working on splinting a shoulder injury correctly. Soon they will start ambulance clinicals where they will be working with an EMS crew running calls. Students also organized our ACATEC Peanut Butter Drive for a community service project. This was part of the Allegan County Community Foundations Peanut Butter Drive that serves local food pantries. As a building we collected 406 jars!

    EMS students working on splint a shoulder injury


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  • Photo of the Welding Shop




    Welding Sparks

    Students' Success!

    It is great to be back in the welding shop! The students have been working harder than ever to catch up on the time lost due to being virtual full time. We are having success! We have one student hired to work for Landscape Forms in Kalamazoo, three more are almost ready to apply, and at least four students are getting ready to apply at Nelson Steel Products in Holland. Two of our students have been accepted to the Welding Technology Program at Ferris State University. This year is working out okay!


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  • Engineering Program's 2nd Annual Pumpkin Chunking Competition

    After much delay, the Engineering Program was finally able to have their Pumpkin Chunking launching competition. The student teams designed and built two ballistae, a trebuchet, and a catapult. While the catapult shot the farthest, all the launchers successfully performed. The class is now moving on to Electricity, Electronics, and Arduino programming. We are also investigating autonomous vehicle issues using Sphero RVR robots and VEX robots. Photo of Engineering Launching Projects



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  • Picture of Criminal Justice Class Criminal Justice Students and Our Corrections System

     In the second trimester, students were introduced to the basics of corrections in the field of Criminal Justice. Students learned in-depth applications of our corrections system and functions of criminal and civil court. They also participated in several mock trials as they were introduced to courtroom proceedings. As we near completion of the trimester, students will receive training and earn their Heartsaver CPR AED Course Completion Card through the American Red Cross.


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  • Heavy Equipment Students Earn Warehouse Forklift Certification

    Heavy Equipment AM ClassHeavy Equipment PM Class

    Students of our Heavy Equipment program have the opportunity to obtain a Warehouse Forklift Certification. Each student receives hands-on training and is given a chance to operate a forklift. They then receive more class time with lectures and video instruction; after which they are given a written test. If the student scores 100% they then obtain their certification. This year we had 17 students in the AM and 14 in the PM class receive their certification!


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  • Progress is Being Made on the ACATEC House

    Picture of the ACATEC house frame

    The Building Trades 2 program students returned to in-person learning, January 18, 2021, after switching to full virtual learning in mid-November. During virtual instruction, the students continued their learning through the use of direct instruction, multi-media presentation, and pre-recorded demonstrations. This allowed the students to gain an understanding and knowledge of the skills they would be utilizing upon their return. Before the switch, the students completed all of the exterior walls of the student-build house. The plan upon return is to frame the garage and interior walls. This will allow for the trusses to be set and for the house to get closed in.


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  • The Animals are Prepping for Spring and the Students are Back and Keeping Busy!

    Vet Tech is loving that our students are back in class after the virtual time off. First year students are currently studying animal reproduction. That means that eggs are in the incubators and our breeding rabbits will be giving birth soon. Catching up on hands-on practicums, learning new grooming skills, and making homemade dog treats are also keeping everyone busy. The Work-Based Learning students have repoened the CaFe Pet Spa and our offsite students continue to work!

    Chicken incubators with eggsBunnies in cages - breeding


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    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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  • 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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