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Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

Healthcare Industry

State Department and Agencies

Organizations Involved

MDE Office of Career and Technical Education

Occupations Involved

High school students

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a statewide program through Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers after high school. Students enrolled acquire skills that prepare them for successful career entry, advancement, and/or continuing education within any of Michigan's 17 Career Clusters. There is a specified Health Science cluster which commonly includes programs such as EMS and CNA. Four key components of CTE education include 1) classroom instruction, 2) laboratory learning, 3) work-based learning opportunities to further develop and apply skills and 4) student leadership opportunities to support employability and career-ready practices. During the 2021-2022 academic year, there were over 10,000 students enrolled in Health Science CTE programs statewide.

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