• Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center

    2891 - 116th Avenue
    Allegan, MI 49010
  • ACATEC Technology Camp 2020 Update

    Under the executive order given by Governor Whitmer this week, we have decided that Tech Camp 2020 has been canceled for this year.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.

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  • CIS Program Builds Computers

    Computer Information Students Build Computers


    The Computer Information Systems program recently built computers for two Engineering students. The CIS students were given a budget and system requirements. The CIS classes developed two separate builds for each of the customers-each build presenting options of different components. They then engaged in class discussions to decide the best components for the customer. The new builds provided the Engineering students with two, very capable computers for their future engineering projects.




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  • Great Start Readiness Program Visits The Vet Tech Program


     Great Start Readiness Program Visits with our Veterinary Technical Sciences Program



    The Pine Trails Great Start Readiness Program recently visited the Veterinary Technical Sciences program for an opportunity to learn how to care for their pets. They studied the topic in school and then visited for a hands-on experience with washing and drying a dog, applying bandages, making dog treats and listening to the heart beat of a rabbit. They also held our recently-hatched chickens. Our Work-Based Learning students did a wonderful job and we thank the preschool for visiting with us.  



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  • Graphic Art & Design Students Work on Community Service Projects

    Students Compete in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Regionals


    Health Care Science Foundations students continue to grow their knowledge and understanding of the health care industry as they learn medical terminology, explore health information technology, and study health systems including common disease processes associated with each system.

    Recently students competed in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Regionals, with 24 students qualifying for the state competition taking place in March at Grand Traverse Resort. 



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  • Teacher Education Students Create Lesson Plans for Work-Based Learning Experiences

    Creative example of a Lesson Plan using a flyswatter to swat the fly with the correct answerAll of the students involved in the Teacher Education program at ACATEC are placed in various classrooms throughout Allegan County for their Work-Based Learning experience. While there, students are working on planning, preparing, and implementing a lesson that focuses on the need in that specific classroom. Our students will then teach the lesson to the students and will be given feedback from their placement teacher. When finished with the placement their lesson plan will be included in their individual portfolio for future use.


    This picture shows a creative lesson to help students learn their multiplication facts by "swatting" the correct answer!


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  • Criminal Justice Students Second Trimester Activities

    Criminal Justice Class has a guest speaker

    Criminal Justice Students are learning in their second trimester about the basics of the criminal court system and how the courts and probation/parole help to identify and assess the problems faced by those entering the Criminal Justice System. Students learned in-depth applications of the functions of criminal and civil court. Probation/Parole officers from the Van Buren County Court and Allegan County Court have visited the class and shared valuable insight into their careers.




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  • Picture of Candle Lantern Donated to Christian Neighbors

    Welding Technology Students Complete Community Service Project

    The Welding Technology students completed a community service project in collaboration with the Engineering and Small Business programs. The design, fabrication, welding, and final painting was all student-led. The candle lantern will be donated to the Plainwell Christian Neighbors Food Pantry. They will offer it for sale during their May Silent Auction Dinner. The proceeds will be used to provide assistance to families in our community with food and monetary needs. 



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  • Graphic Art and Design Students Receive Presentation from T-PRINT USA Owner

    Guest Speaker Chris Malley talks to Graphic Arts Class

    The Graphic Art & Design classes got a chance to learn about the screen printing process from a local business owner and expert, Chris Malley. Chris owns a screen printing/embroidery business, T-PRINT USA, located in the Hamilton area. He also serves as a member on the Graphic Art & Design advisory committee. The students will soon be designing Allegan High School's C.O.D.E. Orange t-shirts for their community service project. It was great to have someone from the industry help the students learn how to create designs that are easy to screen print, prior to the project.

    Chris explained to the students key points to make their designs better for printing and to increase readability once printed on a shirt. He also gave the students great insight on the whole process: from computer design, making a positive and exposing a screen with UV light, washing out the photo emulsion, to ending with laying the ink on the shirt. He also explained other methods of printing such as dye-sublimation, where the ink is printed directly onto the fabric. The students learned how dot gain factors into loss of resolution, therefore, designers should use big, bold fonts and images to minimize problems. 

    Chris brought sample screens and positives that are used in the screen process and he demonstrated what a screen with an image looks like and how that image would be transferred to a textile/shirt (pictured below.) The students now have a better understanding of the process and are better prepared for designing the logos for the C.O.D.E. Orange t-shirts.

    Chris shows what a screen with an image looks like and how it would be transferred to a shirt











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    Heavy Equipment/AIS Students Earn Warehouse Forklift Certification

     Heavy Equipment/AIS Program Receives Six New Toolboxes 

    This fall the Heavy Equipment/AIS class received six new toolboxes for the program. Various students were placed into groups and they worked as a team to assemble them. Other students were chosen to take an inventory of the old toolboxes to make sure each toolbox held the same tools.

    In doing this, the class fostered teamwork skills and the task was also an opportunity to reinforce tool name recognition and use. The students took great pride in accomplishing this and have also been very respectful of their new tools.


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  • Photo of EMS students in uniform

    Emergency Medical Services 

    The EMS Program has been going great this year! Students have been working on all foundational skills such as safety, legal concerns, anatomy and physiology, airway and breathing management, patient assessment, and team building. The students are digging through trauma patient management currently - they are learning how blood loss affects the body, how to control bleeding, and how to apply various types of splints.


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  • Criminal Justice students and Sheriff cruiser


    Criminal Justice Students Learn the Basics

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


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  • Employability Skills students participated in the Day of Caring with United Way 

    The students from the Employability Skills Program participated in the United Way "Day of Caring" on October 17th. They decorated supper sacks for Kids' Food Basket. This organization delivers approximately 8,000 sacks to students throughout West Michigan. Not only do the sacks provide a well-rounded, nutritious meal that is critical to brain and body development, they also help brighten each child's day.

    Employability Skills students decorated all these lunch sacks for Day of Caring


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  • Machining and CNC Technology Students Start the New School Year Off Right

    Machining Students Working in the Classroom



    The Machining and CNC Technology students have spent the first months of the school year learning shop safety and becoming familiar with the operation of the late, mill, and drill press. The students have also been learning how to use various measuring tools that are needed to check the accuracy of their completed projects. In October, the class participated in Manufacturing Month by taking a field trip to Koops Inc. and Trans-Matic, located in Holland, MI. 





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  • Small Business Operations Adds 3D Printer To Classroom

    Picture of 3D Printer


    Small Business Operations is adding new technology to their classroom with the addition of a 3D printer. Students will gain experience in machine set-up and programming, and using design software to create various project pieces. This piece of equipment will complement other projects, like our CNC router, to give students the opportunity and ability to create more complex projects in class.





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  • Culinary Arts Students Get a New Kitchen!

    The students in the Culinary Arts program have been anxiously awaiting the completion of our new kitchen! The wait is finally over and the new space is ready. The students have been using the demonstration kitchen area since early October and now are excited to spread out and begin cooking at their well-equipped student stations. Their first project will be their FCCLA Local Cullinary Arts Competition where they will be competing in either Culinary Arts, Cupcake Battle, or Serving Up Success.

    Culinary Arts Students get a new kitchen



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  • Image of road construction team applying asphalt

    Building Trades Students Learn About Road Construction Job Opportunities

    On 11/15/19 the Building Trades students attended a presentation by Michigan Paving and Materials Company to learn about job opportunities available to them in the field of road construction. The students learned how asphalt is made and the process of how it is applied to road surfaces. They also learned about the different careers available in asphalt road construction. Students hired by Michigan Paving can earn up to $18.50 an hour starting pay and can receive on-the-job training.





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  • Auto Technology Students Off To A Strong Start!
    Auto Technology Students working on vehicle

    The Automotive Technology Program is off to a strong start this school year. All first year students have completed shop safety and equipment usage and are now studying brakes and braking systems. Second year students are either working out in the industry at local repair facilities and dealerships or they are learning about engine repair here at the Tech Center. The shop is opened for basic repairs such as oil changes, brakes, shocks, struts, tires and alignments. Call or email: 269-512-7842; gregory.sagodic@alleganaesa.org.


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  • Update: Photos from the Punkin' Chunkin' Competition

    Picture of students launching pumpkins with the projects they designed

    Pictures of students launching pumpkins with the projects they designed

    Students launching pumpkins with the projects they designed

    Students launching pumpkins with the projects they designed

    Students launching pumpkins with the projects they designed


    Students launching pumpkins with the projects they designed

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  • ACATEC Engineering Students Engage in a New Project

    Engineering students building a pumpkin launcher.

    The Engineering program is engaged in a new project: A Pumpkin Chunkin' Competition. The students have been divided into groups of 3-4 and given the goal of designing and building a pumpkin launcher. This project has been progressing for a few weeks with the competition to be held during the week of 11/4. The competition will assess distance and accuracy.


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  • Picture of pot and hammer. The pot is broken but taped back together with ideas of how to destress.


     Teacher Education Students Learn
    About Stress By Repairing Broken Pieces


     Students have been discussing what things today can cause teens to stress out. During this activity, they listed all the stressors on their clay pots.  The pots were then placed in a plastic bag and the students used a hammer to break the pot; showing their frustration when they are stressed. Students then used masking tape to put the pot together again. Each piece of tape represented an idea that helps students to destress.  The lesson taught the students that they can get stressed out quickly and that there are many resources available to them to help them to destress


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  • Computer Information Systems Students Focus on Cyber Security

    Computer Information Systems student focusing on Cyber Security

    This year in Computer Information Systems, three students have returned for a second year and will be focusing on cyber security. The students will learn to understand cyber security threats, plan defenses to a cyber threat, and respond to a cyber incident. This puts them on the leading edge to cyber defenses and prepares them for an ever-growing sector of information technology. 


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  • Amber Williams is the first Vet Tech Science student to receive the National Veterinary Medical Applications Certification.

    Qmber Williams has become the first Vet Tech Science student to receive the National Veterinary Medical Applications Certification


    Amber Williams has become the first Vet Tech Science student to receive the National Veterinary Medical Applications Certification. This industry certification is presented by the Elanco Company and represents passing the test with over 80% accuracy. The test covers such areas as Anatomy, Terminology, and Veterinary Tools and Procedures. Amber's classroom instruction, work-based learning pacement, and an online curriculum helped her to achieve this accomplishment. Congratulations, Amber!!






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  • Health Care Science Foundation students are preparing for their Safety Standards and Client Status training.

    Students putting on gowns and gloves to get ready for training.

    Care Science Foundations is off to a great start with Safety Standards and Client Status training, followed by certification through American Heart Association for First Aid and Basic Life Support. During Safety training students learned standard precautions and personal protective equipment and infection prevent practices. Client Status training gave students experience with measuring and reading vital signs, for example, blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature, height, and weight.


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  • Accounting and Marketing & Management Students Use New Technology

    Students from Accounting and Marketing and Management are using a Clevertouch screen


    Student engagement has just kicked up a knotch in the business program. New technology in the form of a Clevertouch screen/board allows better instructional demonstration and student participation. This new technology is interaction live a tablet, capable like a computer, and visual like a whiteboard. Students' explanations/answers are now able to be presented to just the instructor, to one or two students, or to the entire class. This is where technology truly sparks more discussion.





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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 269-512-7800 or linda.blankenship@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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