Meet the Instructor

  • September 13, 2018 

    Dear Parent/Guardian: 

    I would like to take this time to introduce myself as your student's Engineering and Architectural Design instructor at the Van Buren Technology Center. My name is Jesse Mayes, and I am delighted to have your child in my program. It has been over a week since school has started; students are comfortable with my teaching techniques, and I am getting to know them as well. 

     Throughout the year, students in the class will have the choice of learning either my Engineering or Architecture curriculums, and have opportunities to job shadow someone in these disciplines.  If you know someone in these fields, please start talking now with your student about how to get in contact with them.

     I realize that students learn in different ways and at different rates. My program offers individualized instruction designed to meet each student's needs. Grades are based on classroom participation and quantity and quality of work; therefore, attendance is very important. If your student has more than two or three absences to date, we need to stress better attendance. Missing one session at the Technology Center is equivalent to missing three classes at the home school. I not only stress technical skills but also job readiness skills that include: teamwork, dependability, honesty, business etiquette, and leadership.

    If you have any concerns regarding the class or your student's progress, please don't hesitate to email me at or call me at 269-539-5271. You are also invited to visit the program in session at any time. Thank you for allowing your child to be part of my program.


    Jesse Mayes, Engineering and Architectural Design Instructor

    Van Buren Technology Center

    Jesse Mayes, Instructor
    Jesse Mayes  
    "Engineering and Architecture isn't about math, money, or being smart. It is about seeing problems, and working hard to solve those problems whatever they may be. Engineers and Architects can't leave things alone, but always strive to make the world a little better than how we found it."