Van Buren Technology Center


The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum at the Van Buren Technology Center is based on a commitment to three areas of expertise for the 27 various career programs that are offered:

  1. Industry Standards
  2. Michigan and National CTE standards
  3. Integrated Academics (Michigan Merit Curriculum)
Science GirlFirst and foremost, 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
The third area of curricular focus is Integrated Academics.  The "integration" of academics (math, science, and English) INTO each career program is done by utilizing academically certified instructors who "team teach" with the career program instructors on a rotating basis.  For example, a math instructor works with the Hospitality Services program instructor to teach the math that is pertinent to careers in the Hospitality field...boy math a science instructor works with the Allied Health program instructor to teach the science that is appropriate for careers in the field of health... an English instructor works with the Graphic Arts program instructor to teach the English that is important in the field of Graphic Arts. 
Each Integrated Academic instructor has eight to nine CTE programs that 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.