The mission of CTE in Michigan is to prepare students so they have the necessary academic, technical, and work-behavior skills to enter, compete, and advance in education and their careers. Promote access to, retention in, and completion of individual student goals in quality, comprehensive, community college services.

CTE Delivery: 
CTE is offered through the following institutions: 
  • Comprehensive high schools
  • Area CTE centers
  • Charter schools
  • Community colleges
  • Four-year universities
  • Tribal colleges


Secondary Indicators: 
Secondary Indicators2015-162016-17
Academic Skills - Reading/Language ArtsNoYes
Academic Skills - MathematicsYesYes
Technical Skill AttainmentNoYes
School CompletionYesYes
Student Graduation RatesYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Postsecondary Indicators: 
Postsecondary Indicators 2015-162016-17
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
Credential, Certificate or DegreeYesYes
Student Retention or TransferYesYes
Student PlacementNoYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Perkins Funding: 
YearFY 2018FY 2019
Total Perkins Funds Received$38,991,626$41,244,506
Percentage of local funds distributed to Secondary60%
Percentage of local funds distributed to Postsecondary40%
Career Clusters: 

Michigan arranges their standards using the 16 Career Clusters® from the National Career Cluster Framework.

Programs of Study: 

Michigan uses programs of study to link secondary and postsecondary CTE programs. In particular, secondary and postsecondary agencies review standards that are submitted as part of the Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) approval process. At the secondary level, this requires addressing the state’s secondary CTE standards; at the postsecondary level, this requires addressing locally-selected postsecondary CTE standards. 

Michigan has implemented programs of study in the following all 16 of the Career Cluster areas. Michigan maintains Rigorous Programs of Study in the following Career Clusters:

  • Business Management & Administration Career Clusters
  • Education & Training Career Clusters
  • Health Science Career Clusters
  • Human Services Career Clusters
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Clusters
  • Manufacturing Career Clusters
Perkins Eligible Agency: 

Michigan Department of Education

State Director: 
Brian Pyles
State CTE Director
Office of Career and Technical Education
Michigan Department of Education
608 West Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909
Excellence in Action Award Winners: 

Saginaw Career Complex, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management

Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster
The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program of study was established in 1972, at the Saginaw Career Complex in Saginaw, Michigan. The program of study is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in the food service, lodging and tourism industries.

Excellence in Action Award Winner

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center, Teacher Academy

Education & Training Career Cluster
In 2001, a statewide decline in the number of practicing educators in Michigan led college instructors, teachers and district administrators to develop a Career Technical Education program of study to encourage learners to consider teaching as a career pathway and grow their own teacher pipeline. 
Secondary to Postsecondary Transition & Alignment: 

Michigan offers dual enrollment, concurrent/transcripted credit, state law, statewide articulation, and early/middle college programs to ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary. Michigan also has developed a state framework for locally-aligned credit transfers.


Resources & Data: 

See here for an explanation of the data used for state profiles.