Robert Smith, Directorrsmith@vbisd.org
My name is Robert Smith, and I am the Principal/Director of the Van Buren Technology Center. Over the past 41 years, the Technology Center has worked closely with our business/industry partners to best prepare each student for a variety of post-secondary options, through a combination of applied learning, work experience, and college coursework.
Today’s CTE programs provide a multi-faceted training experience, utilizing high-tech equipment and training, in combination with project and work-based learning, to assist students as they explore career options, prepare for college, and develop skills for the workplace. Each year, over 1,000 high school juniors and seniors, from 15 partnering school districts throughout southwest Michigan, choose to attend the Technology Center for a portion of their school day. The flexibility in program offerings at VBTC allows students to maintain their affiliation with their “home school,” while pursuing opportunities to work with educational and technical resources that would otherwise not be available in their local school district.