The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum at the Van Buren Technology Center is based on a commitment to three areas of expertise for all career programs that are offered:
Michigan and National CTE standards
Integrated Academics (Michigan Merit Curriculum)
Instructors at the Van Buren Technology Center focus on standards that are designated by their particular industry. For example, Automotive programs are governed by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation), the Welding program is guided by the American Welding Society, Cosmetology is overseen by the Department of Labor & Economic Growth, Bureau of Commerce Services, just to name a few.
The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career & Technical Education has also researched and developed CTE standards for each of the programs funded through that office. These standards are a compilation of national as well as in-state studies to determine the best "fit" for Michigan students. They are accessible through the Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education at http://ctenavigator.org.
The third area of curricular focus is Integrated Academics. The "integration" of academics (math, science, and English) into the career programs is done by utilizing highly qualified academic instructors who team teach with the career program instructors. These math, science and English lessons are related to the specific career content. This shows the student how academics are connected to careers and reinforces the importance of academics to be successful in a chosen career field.
Each Integrated Academic instructor has approximately 7-9 CTE programs they work with weekly. More detailed information about Integrated Academics and the instructors who deliver this portion of the students' curriculum is offered on the Integrated Academics page.