Who We Are
SMTEC is a partnership between the Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke and Warren Woods school districts to provide Career Technical Education (CTE) to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
Students may enroll in CTE classes in another district if their home school or district does not offer the classes they select. Bus transportation is provided for students taking classes outside of their district.
The CTE classes are categorized into six career pathways: Arts
and Communication; Business Management, Marketing & Technology;
Engineering/Manufacturing & Industrial Technology; Health Sciences;
Human Services; and Natural Resources & Agriscience. SMTEC
offers courses in each of these areas except Natural Resources &
The mission of the Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium
(SMTEC) is to provide high caliber Career Technical Education (CTE)
and Career Development programs for all students within the consortium.
As innovative leaders in CTE, SMTEC will continue to strive for excellence
and leadership through the implementation of the various local, state,
and federal Career Preparation System initiatives.
About Career and Technical Education (CTE)
CTE is a program of study that blends a student's knowledge of mathematics, science, social studies, and English with specific skills used in the work place. CTE programs are elective courses offered at the secondary level. Some courses allow for college credit for students who have completed requirements taught at the high school level. This is called an Articulation Agreement.
All CTE programs offer an externship/co-op as a capstone that usually culminates during the student's senior year. Externship is an organized and supervised work experience that correlates school and work with defined career objectives. The experience incorporates related classroom instruction, supervised on-the-job training and a student organization under the direction of a certified teacher coordinator. Externship education is a one-year elective program. Advanced students must be enrolled in a career-related CTE class. Externship education may or may not be part of the normal school hour day.
Job Shadowing: Job Shadowing is short term work-based learning which provides a one-on-one relationship between a student and an adult worker who shares his/her time and interests about his/her job with the student. The experience gives the student a broad exposure to a career. It validates or invalidates the student's career interest.
Career Cruising: Career Cruising is a comprehensive and interactive career guidance resource that provides the information you need to make the right career choice. It includes in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers, detailed information on colleges and universities, and something no other resource has: multimedia interviews with real people in every career.
Find the Right Career: Find careers that match your interests using Career Matchmaker, an on-line assessment tool. Career Matchmaker allows users to find careers that match their interest in terms of school subjects, education level, income, working conditions and many other important factors.
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Explore Colleges and Universities: Plan your future using Career Cruising's Guide to community colleges and universities that offer the program suited to the careers you have identified based on your interests. Use the comprehensive national database of universities and colleges to find out where to get specific education and training.
Work Permits: Work permits are required for minors ages 14-17. See the main office secretaries at your school for the appropriate form. Detailed instructions concerning work rules are included on the form.